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Monday, April 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday...Books I liked better than I expected

Broke and Bookish
Books I liked better than expected:

Almost all "classics" are books that have surprised me at how much I end up liking them. So many people complain about the books they "had" to read in high school yet I found all these excellent and so well-written.

  • Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald...currently reading and I'm blown away by the writing.
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding...no wonder so many schools require this book.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo...all 1000+ pages of it.
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith... an American story that talks to so many immigrant families experiences. I just was swept up in the story and the story-telling.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury...this is all about books and value of reading.  What is not to like?
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery...I just read this book last year and expected it to be a bit juvenile for me.  It wasn't and I loved every minute.\
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh...I guess books become classics for a reason, they seem timeless yet give a sense of history and bygone eras.
  • Emma by Jane Austen...though it took me forever to read it I didn't expect to learn new aspects of the story never covered in the movies, so I was delighted by it.
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain...There is so much controversy about this book I wasn't prepared for how much a loved this classic American story. 
  • Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden...it is a poetry book, I had no expectations of enjoying it at all. I actually loved it.


  1. YAY, you went with some classics as well - I didn't even think to do that :( oh, well. Great list.

    Here's my TTT post.

    Happy reading.

  2. Ohmy how I adore Gatsby. It was definitely a school book that I never thought that I would enjoy. It blew me away as well.

    I was also just as surprised with Lord of the Flies, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Farenheit 451. Nice list!

    My TTT.

  3. YAY for so many of these! I really need to read Les Mis. I hope it pleasantly surprises me too :-)

  4. I've read the majority of these, although in some cases, not for a really long time. I definitely need to re-read my favorites and try the ones I haven't read. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Nice list! I've loved Anne of Green Gables since I first discovered her in middle school. (A lot longer ago than I care to remember!)


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