On today’s Top Ten from The Broke and the Bookish, the theme is top ten books for when you’re in the mood for X. I’m choosing my X to be Classics that are still relevant.
1) Book: The Complete Works
Author: William Shakespeare (Ok, technically everyone else gathered his material, but he did write the plays.)
Why I picked it? Referenced in court, TV, books, music- everywhere! Although Shakespeare died 400 years ago, his words are clearly alive still.
2) Book: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Why I picked it: Mystery at its finest
3) Book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll
Why I picked it: This examines our size and place within the world and looking at things with fresh eyes.
4) Book: To the Lighthouse
Author: Virginia Woolf
Why I picked it: This explores the interconnectedness of all people and how we influence each other.
5) Book: The Wind in the Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame
Why I picked it: Humorous, charming, lovely
6) Book: Sonnets from the Portuguese
Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Why I picked it: Beautiful poetry and love is never out of style.
7) Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Why I picked it: Embedded in this book is the timeless message to protect the innocent.
8) Book: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Why I picked it: Ideas and books are immensely powerful.
9) Book: Franny and Zoey
Author: J.D. Salinger
Why I picked it: This book, more than just a tale of discontented youth, deals with belief and consecrating the ordinary.
10) Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Author: Richard Bach
Why I picked it: This teaches all to soar.