Classics and Best Sellers Road Test

If you want to get stuck into some classics or best sellers but don't know where to start, this page could be a bit of a gauge, as I'm road testing them for you, to give you some idea. If I found them pompous and overrated, I'll say so. I'll also give you the thumbs up if I thought they were amazing and worth the hype.

I had a love/hate relationship with the classics in my past. As a school kid, I thought I loved them. As an uni student with an English major, I thought I hated them. So many of the selections didn't seem to live up to my optimistic expectations, but perhaps having to write essays about them was enough to curb my enthusiasm. At last I'm ready to carefully stick my neck out again. I'm going to put them under the microscope (well, my microscope), and explain whether or not I think they live up to their long-standing popularity. 

I've tried to keep the titles in alphabetical order. Hopefully it will make it easier for you to cast your eye down the list, especially if you want to see if I've reviewed a particular book. But if you're searching for books by a particular author all in one spot, check out my fiction and non-fiction review pages.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Babette's Feast by Karen Blixen
Big Magic  by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
March  by Geraldine Brooks
The Martian by Andy Weir
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Pollyanna  by Eleanor H. Porter
Rebecca  by Daphne du Maurier
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
The Thirteenth Tale  by Diane Setterfield
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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