I don’t usually participate in memes, other than the random ones I do in my head, but I think I’ll participate in The Classics Club meme as it’s only once a month and it’s such a great community. If you haven’t checked it out, click the image to the right! Or click here. (I feel like most of you regular commenters are already a part of it!)
My instinct was to say one of the Jane Austen novels. I’ve read each of them at least once and most of them at least twice and I did read my favorite already for this challenge, Mansfield Park - but I decided not to go with Jane Austen. My next thought was to go with one of the ‘young adult’ novels that I love like something by Madeline L’Engle, J.K. Rowling or Louisa May Alcott, but I vetoed that too.
And then I realized rather than choosing my favorite classic of all time, I’m going to choose my favorite classic I’ve read for the challenge so far. I don’t read a lot of classics in general, as you can see by my very short re-read list for this challenge, so I’m using this challenge to broaden my classic (primarily Western) literature reading.
And I settled on The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as my favorite classic so far in this challenge. (And it is really high up there on favorite classics – definitely top three I’d say.) And let’s face it, it was closely followed by Agnes Grey – and surprisingly by Anna Karenina.
I settled on The Tenant of Wildfell Hall for two reasons. The first, is when I started reading Anne Brontë, I knew nothing of her and only that Charlotte and Emily’s sister and yet her writing inspired me to look into her history and her writings. It got me truly excited about The Classics Club project and I needed that sort of inspiration to commit to the long-term project. And the second is the story captivated me, like Jane Austen, but also scandalized me like Charlotte and Emily. Anne, this seemingly meek and quiet sister, wrote about subjects you couldn’t imagine her knowing about, let alone experiencing, and this fascinated me! (It also doesn’t hurt there was a bit of family drama involved with Charlotte being over-controlling, but I guess she was the survivor so it was her prerogative.)
You should definitely check out my three-part mini-series on Anne Brontë:
And to see my review of books read and books to come for The Classics Club click here.