MFEO had a great list last week. There were a couple of books on her list that have been on my mental list as well. But to keep this fresh and new, let’s focus on my literary shortcomings differing from hers.
1. Emma by Jane Austen
Say what? Dude, I KNOW. I was all shocked and dismayed with Tee not having read Little Women and then she caught me not having read this classic of awesomely awesome porportions. For the record, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the movie and Mr. Knightley fully rocks my world. I love Jane Austen, I just never got to this one, because the movie came out before I read it and then it was just too easy to say, “Later, let’s watch the movie again.” I am totes putting a deadline on myself and will read this before the end of this year.
2.Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggins
This sounds like a sweet, simple story, about a sweet, smart girl. I keep saying, “I am so going to read it, honest,” and I don’t. But now that it’s on paper, I am going to have to give this old girl (book published in 1903) a try.
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Truth be told, at the time when I assigned this piece of classic literature in high school, I was in full obsession mode with Jane Eyre (amusingly enough by Emily’s sister, Charlotte), which was not assigned at the time but which I so fully was enamored of – and am to this day. How could I cheat on Mr. Rochester with that losah Heathcliff who sounds like a real corn hater? Truth be told, this sounds like a real downer of a book. But I’ll read it. If Bella can do it, dammit, so can I.
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Again, Tee is going to kill me. She loves this book. Like loves, with a capital “This Book Is So Awesome.” So don’t tell ok? For what it’s worth, I think the movie is excellent. Um, and, yea, for what it’s wooooorth…Gregory Peck is a looker. And P.S…when this book was assigned in H.S., I was busy reading Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre (yes, again), and learning every line from Sleepless in Seattle. Important work, people. I think I need to write my English Lit teacher an apology letter.
5. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Have you ever heard the saying: “Don’t be such a Pollyanna”? Well, guess what? There is a BOOK out there that will finally explain what the heck that means, and by golly, I intend to find out. Because, it could be a good thing, or it could be a bad thing, and I need to know whether to thank these people or punch them in the face.
5. The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner
You may never have heard of this book, but word on the street is, this book, published in 1850, was the first American bestselling novel AND the first novel with a girl as the main character. I guess you could say Susan Warner is the founding mother of YA lit, and so, I have to pay homage to her. Without her, perhaps there would have been no Little Women or Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm for Tee and I to ignore. Maybe not even Sweet Valley High or Twilight! Perish the thought!!!
A world without this? I think not.