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January 17, 2008



Ha ha, Jane Eyre is the only one I HAVE read. Me and classic novels are kind of strangers.


Emma will always be my favorite. But do yourself a favor and check out Aphra Behn. She's pretty much unheard of and mostly wrote plays, but she is amazing!


I also dislike Jane Eyre!
I read it one day when i was sick but it was so boring i just kept falling asleep and i didn't even bother to finish it!


I was the lit major who begged for more (more!) to read because I love it all so much!

Flannery O'Connor is awesome and wicked.
Faulkner is the love of my life (though very complex)
I love me some Joyce - "Dubliners" being one of my faves"
I can't get nearly enough Shakespeare in my life

Watership Down and Little Women are hard core faves...

If you want more modern (but still "literature") I adore Foer and Haddon...

I could talk books for YEARS! :)


Have you read the Bridget Jones' books? Those are hilarious, waaay funnier than the movies.

I'm also a fan of "Love is a Mix Tape", it's very sweet and has its sad parts, but is still a good read.


The Brothers Karamozov. War and Peace (that is, if you have the time and patience to read the seemingly mundane epic). Anything 18- or 19-century Russia (for the doom and gloom aspect).

Shoot, trying to make recommendations just made me realize that the extent of my reading the last few years has been a variety of chick lit, children's books, and psychological studies of thinking and behavior (I'm reading Blink right now, and it is FABULOUS).


I love (love, loooove) Anna Karenina. I've read it almost every summer for 7 years now. I highly recommend bumping it to the top :) Watership Down was pretty good too. And of course Vanity Fair.


I loved Emily of New Moon. People never talk about that series. I always liked her a little bit better than Anne of Green Gables because Emily had dark hair like me :)

In terms of getting off the chick lit, which I totally understand your thinking, being an English major myself, my current favorites are:

Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith; Dracula; Catcher in the Rye; The Forsythe Saga; Manhattan Memories by Mary Cantwell


Holy Shit. I think we're the same person. We have eerily similar tastes in books/literature. And eerily similar bad-decision-making skeelz, which lead us to the path of chick lit and Glamour... and then the classics!

I just started a classics book club, actually! The first month we read Jane Austen's Persuasion, this month we read The Great Gatsby, next month is The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I'll forward you our reading list for the year, if you want!

(Oh, and P.S. I hated Wuthering Heights. So we're not identical. There has to be at least one redeemable character for me to like a book, and well, I hated them all. Yawn.)


I haven't read much lately but the books I have read and think you may enjoy include:

The Time Traveler's Wife
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells
Dry by Augusten Burroughs
The Mermaid Chair
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
Vanity Fair

I'm trying to get off the chicklits as well, they're so addictive tho! Unfortunately they alllllllll start sounding the same after a while. As much fun as it is to read about a girl who hates her job, has a dysfunctional relationship blah blah blah....

Girl, Dislocated

Crime and Punishment!

Princess of the Universe

I just found your blog today- but because of this post (not to mention all the others I've been catching up on) I think you may be my new blog crush :)


One of my favorite books is The Thornbirds. I don't know why I like it so much, but I read it again every few years. There's something about unrequited love that I really dig.

Unless it's my own story of unrequited love. Then? Not so much.

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