Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday - Brit Lit Edition

Not familiar with (or a fan of) British Literature? These are my top 10 recommendations to get you started or to pique your interest:

1. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Bet you knew this would be on this list! Seriously though, this is considered one of the best novels of all time for a reason.

2. Hard Times. Charles Dickens. Much shorter than many of his other works so you won't be overwhelmed by the sheer length of it. Pointed satire and memorable characters. Or, if you're feeling more ambitious:

3. David Copperfield. Charles Dickens. Semi-autobiographical and very well crafted.

4. Tales from Shakespeare. Charles and Mary Lamb. For your first taste of Shakespeare. This book is accessible enough for children. A great introduction before you tackle the actual plays.

5. North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. Much easier to get through than Mary Barton and a more cohesive plot than Cranford (although I must admit to loving both N&S and Cranford very much).

6. A Room With A View. E.M. Forster. This is Forster at his best and most optimistic and though I also enjoyed Howard's End, I do not recommend the rest of his work.

7. The Woman in White. Wilkie Collins. One of the finest "sensation" novels. I just finished this recently and it completely held my attention.

8. Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson. So fun. Would probably make a great read aloud, although I haven't actually tried it.

9. The Scarlet Pimpernel. Baroness Emma Orczy. We'll count this as Brit lit even though its author is of Hungarian descent. The hero is the quintessential British hero.

10. Whose Body? Dorothy Sayers. For introduction into the British mystery genre. Some folks might prefer Christie but give me Sayers any day of the week. (I think my favorite might be The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club but that is a bit later in her Peter Wimsey series.)

So, fellow Brit Lit fans - did I miss your favorite?
This post is linked to Top 10 Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish and also at Oh Amanda.
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4 comments:

  1. Great list! I loved North and South and I can never get enough of Jane Austen. I have not read A Room with a View yet. I might have to check it out.

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    1. A Room With a View definitely deserves a look. It is charming.

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  2. Wow. I'm an English major and I haven't read a lot of these. I just purchased The Woman in White on a recommendation, though. I think my British Lit list would have a lot of medieval works on it!

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    1. Thanks! I haven't read any medieval works. What would you recommend to get started?

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