Monday, 27 January 2014

Alternative "Classic" books everyone should read. Part One

Do you ever get sick of those lists that pop up on Twitter and Facebook that tell you THE classic books that you should read.  Almost never varying and mostly pre-1970s,  I am a bit fed up of the term "classic" being used for only old books.  Hence, I decided to do up my own list.  I consider these to be classics and while a few have been made into movies,  have you ever read the books?  We all know that they tend to be better than the edited and sometimes, recreated versions on the big screen.

Quite a long list, but maybe you will spot something that will appeal to you :)

NEW "CLASSICS"  Part One.......

1."Room" by Emma Donoghue

2. "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana deRosnay

3. "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne

4. "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Seabold

5. "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese

6. "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

7. "The Bridges of Madison County" by Robert James Waller

8. "The Snapper" by Roddy Doyle

9." North and South" by John Jakes

10. "The Help" by Katherine Stockett

11. "Animal's People" by Indra Sinhah

12. "Mary Poppins" by P.L. Travers

13." The Secret Scripture" by Sebastian Barry

14. "The Secret Lives of Bees"  by Sue Monk Kidd

15. "As Small As An Elephant" by JenniferRichard Jacobson

16. "Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow" by Peter Hoeg

17. "The Penance Room" by Carol Coffey

18. "Out of Africa" by Karen Blixon

19. "The Herbalist" by Niamh Boyce

20. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison

Right, there you go! Part one of God knows how many parts....Will try to add more every few weeks.  All of these books are available on Amazon and your local bookshop should be able to order them in too.  Also, as they are "Classics", most are available from your local library.  Let me know in the comments section, underneath, if you have read any of these and what you thought of them.

Happy Reading !!!!


  1. I loved The Help and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and agree these should be given the honour of a modern classic. Great list :)

    1. Both made great movies too, but you can't beat reading the authors original ideas and writing style :)

  2. Hi Margaret as you know I run the fiction section in Waterstones Drogheda and we have a display table for classics and modern classics I plan to incorporate some of your choices in to the display, I will send you some pics when it's done.

    1. That would be great Lisa.... Love the idea of these books getting a second chance ( and more sales of The Herbalist.)
      A varied list and watch out for next part !!

  3. I'm so honored to be included in a list with Beloved! I've read most, loved Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, will add the Language of Flowers to my tbr pile. Many thanks, Niamh

    1. My pleasure, hope you get a chance to read language of flowers, it's fab !

  4. Wow. Excellent idea and list. I know how you feel about the traditionalists not creating room for new classics. Great post--sharing (and not just because I've read a number on your list.)

    1. Thanks Gayle,
      Watch out for the second part, coming soon xxxx

    2. Ooooops, sorry, Gale. ( My bad!! )


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