Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read X (X, for me, being Classic Literature):

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
2. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
4. Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Other Stories by Truman Capote
5. No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
6. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
7. Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett
8. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
9. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
10. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

I'd recommend all of these books because they are the perfect mix of short story, novel, poetry and drama to give a new reader a basis in classic literature. They are all relatively easy reads that won't take too much time, and I would consider most of them a "starter" piece from each of the authors. Someone who doesn't read classic lit would be able to sample writing styles from each of these authors without too much of a time investment because none of these run over three hundred pages, and most run under two hundred.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Have you meant to? What do you think should have made the list?

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