Top 10 Tuesday: Favourite Modern Classics


                          Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Hello, everyone! I am still on vacation, so I am sorry if it will take a while to reply to your comments. I am back on 17th of September and hopefully, after that everything goes back to normal. Luckily, I have been a good blogger and scheduled some posts in advance. Yay for having your shit together for once! This week Top Ten Tuesday had a Throwback Freebie and of course, I had to talk about my love for the modern classics. One does not own 6 editions of "To Kill A Mockingbird" and not brag about it. And because you all know how much I love that novel, I`ve decided to include 9 others that I may not mention as much, but adore as well.

1. "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Even on my blog button I`m reading this book:)) I believe that most of you are familiar with the story, so I`m not going to give too many details. It`s a powerful story about racism and how corrupt a society can be, seen through the eyes of an innocent child. Oh, this is also one of those rare cases when I love the movie adaptation just as much as the book.

2. "1984" by George Orwell
I should make a comment about the increasing sales this book had after Trump`s election, but I`m better than that. And I also think that he belongs in "Animal Farm" because he`s a sexist pig. Anyways, this is a haunting dystopian story about totalitarianism, where freedom is a mere illusion. for many people this is a scenario that could become true one day, hence its value over time.

3. "Animal Farm" by George Orwell
In some ways I prefer this to "1984" and I know that it may come as a shocker to some of you. But it is more accurate. Because most of the times, the oppressed become the oppressors, creating a never ending circle of violence. Sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy, where you become the one you once feared. Or a worse version of it, because of what you endured.

4. "The Great Gatsby" by F.Scott Fitzgerald
I love the Roaring 20s, so I was pretty sure I was going to like this book. Fitzgerald`s prose is beautiful and his story about glamour and decay, the chase of the American dream, is one that I go back to countless times. Every time I reread it I notice something different, making me cherish this book even more.

5. "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
If you want a book with strong family ties and close friendships, this is for you. It also addresses sensible subjects, like class discrimination and social status. And, in case you were wondering, the movie adaptation is just as good as the book.

6. "One Flew Over The Cuckoo`s Nest" by Ken Kesey
This is the type of book that shakes up your comfortable little world. It`s a classical story about oppression and about maintaining your individuality in a system that tries to make you a "perfect citizen". No wonder it was banned. And before I forget, watch the movie as well, because it`s a master piece. One of Jack Nicholson`s best roles, after The Shining.

7. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
Despite its controversial topic, one cannot deny this book`s immense values. It`s a disturbing story about lust, obsession and sickness of the human soul. To some extent, we all have something evil inside of us, so for me, it was fascinating to read such an unsettling story.

8. "Love In The Time Of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
While I loved the magical realism in "One Hundred Years Of Solitude", this story was closer to my heart. Despite his many flaws, I was able to root for Florentino and his undying love for Fermina was something that appealed to the romantic in me.

9. "Blindness" by Jose Saramago
I know that this book is not technically a modern classic. But it`s such a mesmerizing and terrifying book. When a city is hit by an epidemic of white blindness, the population suddenly returns to primitive behaviour. The violence that follows is disturbing. And it makes you think if all humans are beasts once you take away the society he lives in. 

10.  "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
I really struggled to read this book, but I think that it has more to do with the Romanian translation. It was also a bit difficult to get into because the action is not linear. Frankly, it`s not really one of my favourite modern classics. But I`m including it because it`s one of the best anti-war novels that I`ve come across.

There are some big names missing, like "Catch-22" or "Fahrenheit 451" for instance. But I did not get the chance to read them yet. I`ll probably write a follow-up post after that, who knows. Let me know in the comments if you`ve read any of the books I`ve mentioned and which one was your favourite.



4 comments :

  1. To kill a mockingbird is such a classic!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. An amazing book that teaches us so many lessons.

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  2. I've always wanted to read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lolita, after reading this post I'm going to add them to my list! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

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    1. I do hope you`ll enjoy them. They`re fantastic books.

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