Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Classics

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Classics are tricky. There are common classics, the kind where major publications agree that these books are special, honored, well-liked, and give to society. But then there are classics that are personal, our own classics. So I'm going to combine the two because I can.

The YA fantasy classics:

The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutoski
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The YA sci-fi classics:

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The YA dystopian classics: 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The YA retelling classics: 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Beauty by Robin McKinley
*Because I won't repeat Meyer's books.

The YA contemporary classics:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The YA summer classics: 

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
On the Fence by Kasie West
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

The YA historical classics: 

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The COMMON classics: 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Classics I still need to read: 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (I watched the movie!)
The last two common classics I mentioned.

What are YOUR classics?


  1. Love how you made this yours, Summer. :) I agree, though...any book can be a classic, as long as it's something you'll re-read again and again and remains timeless to you. Great picks! I still need to read Gatsby, too. :(

  2. Read Beauty back in my teens, and it's soo good! And of course, what could go wrong with Jane Austen?

    Great list!

    1. Until Cruel Beauty, it really had no competition in retellings for me!

  3. Great mix of books here! I totally agree that we choose our own classics something that is special to us. I think The Book Thief, The Fault in Our Stars and The Hunger Games are great examples of "classics" that don't quite fit into the usual "classic" category. They're just amazing stories! Read The Great Gatsby it's great :)

    Becca @ Lost in Thought
    My TTT

    1. I honestly haven't heard a negative thing about Great Gatbsy, which is unusual considering it IS a classic. Usually I heard "ugh, couldn't get into it" by some people when it comes to classics.

  4. This is really more my type of classic books ;) The girl of fire and thorns, Crown of midnight, Cinder, Cruel beauty, the fault in our stars, Harry Potter, THE BOOK THIEF, are all books I've loved. On the fence is pretty cute and I liked All our yesterdays. I can't wait to read The winner's curse, code name verity, Beauty and Under the never sky :)


    1. READ READ READ. I'm that annoying, yappy dog for you, Mel, because THOSE BOOKS. You need them.

  5. I like what you did with your TTT! :) Love a lot of the books on your list (GG and sleepaway Girls!), but a lot I haven't read. I want to read The Great Gatsby, and I need to read Jane Austen! (Though, I have seen Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice!) And I look forward to reading on the Fence! :)

    1. I think you'll really like On the Fence, such a cute summery read!

  6. I love how you set yours up! I went with the boring 10 classics that I want to read. ;) Code Name Verity, Cinder, Under the Never Sky.. Yes to all of those! And many of these are on my TBR lists. Great TTT! :)

    Holly @ Part of that World

    1. Ha, thanks! Hey, I always like seeing people's opinions and TBRs! Yay, I hope you read them soon!

  7. I think all of Melina Marchetta books are my classics. Every one is a masterpiece! I did love Jane Eyre, although to be honest I loved the retelling Jane by April Lindner more. I'd love to read Sense & Sensibility someday, but maybe not. I ADORE the movie with Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson and I don't want the book to spoil it for me. I was a huge fan of the old Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca and I read the book thinking it would be amazing. Was I ever wrong. It was tedious and lacked the suspense that the film had. Just goes to show you the talent Hitchcock had. Lovely list here, Summer! :)

  8. YES! I love how you set this up - I often wonder what exactly makes society consider "the common classics" to be classics. The fact that they were written a while ago? There aren't any strict, fundamental differences between books published 50 years ago and books published today, but I guess the fact that classics have remained well-know for so long gives them some respect. The idea of personal classics makes a lot more sense. :)

  9. Great list! I loved All Our Yesterdays and Cinder, and McKinley's Beauty and Spindle's End are two of my favorite retellings.

  10. I love the way you did your lists, Summer! I see a lot of great books that I have and have not read on here. Just makes me realize how much reading I still have to get to. :P Glad you included Cinder, Under the Never Sky, and The Fault in Our Stars. I hope those are books that will one day become "common" YA classics. :)