Monday, 3 October 2011

Bookie Brunch: Favourite Classic Novels + Chance to Win a Prize

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Today's host: This Miss Loves to Read
Next week’s host (October 9): Amanda-Lee at StoryWings
This week’s discussion open through: October 5

Your host this week:
Irena at This Miss Loves to Read

Her guests this week:
Yiota at Splash of Our Worlds
Pepca at Beyond Strange New Words
Jazmin at Books!!!

Welcome to the Bookie Brunch! Created by the wonderful Sasha Soren, the Bookie Brunch is a traveling event where bookish people get together to discuss bookish things. Every Sunday, readers will share their opinions on a particular topic, and you are welcome to join us!

Please join me in welcoming Yiota, Pepca and Jazmin to This Miss Loves to Read!

Which is your favourite classic novel, and why?


Yiota says:
Hmmm...I will go with Hobbit, even though I'm not sure it counts. I've seen it in classic novels lists. Anyway, I love epic fantasy. It's my favorite genre.
Hobbit is not only the first epic fantasy book I got, but also probably the most magnificent and perfectly created world out there. I might find the details tiresome at some point but I love the scenery, the ideas, the elves' language, the story! It's funny and easy to read it. Also has a dragon and Gandalf in, so 'nuff said.
If Hobbit doesn't count as classic I'm going with Emma by Jane Austen. I have read almost all of her books but Emma is my fav. It's more light and funny and I was giggling all the time with the main character.

Pepca says:
My favourite classic novel is In Desert and Wilderness by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It is considered to be a children's/young adult novel, but I think it can also be viewed as a classic because it deals with universal themes which are still reflected in the present. It can certainly be enjoyed at every age, because of its dynamic story of adventure and exploration of new cultures, through which the main protagonists learn about the world and themselves as grow-up a little. This well-written story takes the reader to unknown places and it broadens one's horizons.

Jazmin says:

My favorite classic novel is The Odyssey because of its vivid imagery and engrossing (even if people find it boring), and I just love a good tale with the Greek gods.

Irena (the host) says:
There are quite a few wonderful classic novels to be considered for this question, but I am alternating between two: my favourite novel, which is The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I suppose you could say I am a great fan of Gothic literature. I love the passion this genre creates, the suspense, the mysterious and darkly beautiful scenery it brings to life, and the way it honestly, although dramatacally paints human nature in its extremes. In both the novels I chose, all of it is very evident in the stories. I especially love how the characters evolve, grow, excell and change. I love the message that redemption is possible for everyone, and that love itself is a redeeming factor. The romantic in me can't resist such a thing.


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Jan von Harz said...

By far my all time favorite classic is Jane Eyre. Jane is such a wonderful character, desperate to belong. She gives unselfishly of herself and manages to mend the broken just by being herself. The romance and the mystery is so intense and heart-breaking and the prose so beautiful, whenever I read it, it makes me melancholy wishing people still spoke so elegantly. Jane Eyre is a book I can reread and still enjoy each and every time I read it.

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

@Jan: What you said is so true and so beautiful! Really, it's been a while since I've read such a delightful and honest opinion on Jane Eyre. She is an amazing character, and she continously grows, thus improving herself all the time. And yes, her story is incerdibly romantic. What a mystery, indeed!

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

My favorite is Pride and Prejudice but Jane Eyre is growing on me. I still don't think it's as romantic as P&P (bigamy=not sexy) nor is it as funny (I'm a comedy girl) but it is a good story and I'm always glad when I make the decision to reread it.

James Garcia Jr said...

Hello, gang. Thanks for the invite. I wish I could visit more often than I do...
Since we're talking about classic novels, the one that jumps out to me now is Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird".


Unknown said...

My favorite classics are Pride and Prejudice (or Persuasion, I keep changing my mind), The Count of Monte Cristo and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Don't ask me to choose between them because I just can't. Oh! And if The Hobbit counts as a classic then so does The Lord of the Rings and I have read that series so many times I have lost count. :)

Jane Eyre is a classic that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. I avoided it for years because I hat Wuthering Heights, but I finally read it this summer and I really enjoyed it. :)

Rachel said...

A reader after my own heart! I absolutely love POTO and Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice (of course) are also some of my favorites, as are Northanger Abbey and The Scarlet Letter.

Attack of the Book! said...

Now, please don't throw anything at me, BUT I have not read many classics. *ducks!* Do movies count? I did recently read The Blue Castle. Does that count? I loved it because it was sweet and funny. There was something about it that was just so honest and clean and real. Also, I learned that I can shop most of my overgrown rosebush and not kill it. That's important!

Anonymous said...

HMMM... This is a tough one. I'd have to say it's a tie between Wuthering Heights and any Jane Austen novel. I LOVE the drama in WH and I totally love Heathcliff. But you know, I love like all of Jane Austen's books (except Sense & Sensibility, that one's my least fave).

I also really, really enjoyed Roots. Not sure if that's considered a classic or not, but it was such an epic powerful book.

Chrystal said...

Funny thing. I haven't read that many classics to date. I must start adding some in to the mix. :) I have read Wuthering Heights last year and found it to be an interesting read.

IdentitySeeker said...

I just finished Pride and Prejudice and am currently reading Little Women and it seems like these are going on to my list of favourite classics (not a very long one, I assure you). Another favourite classic would have to be Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (does that count?). I love it! I, unfortunately, haven't read The Odysssey or Jane Eyre (I have this sitting on my shelf patiently waiting to be read- hope I can get down to it soon). I plan on reading Bram Stoker's Dracula as well (another one patiently awaiting its turn).

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