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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Classics

Hiya!

I skipped lat week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I just didn’t sit down and just write it, but I really wanted to talk about some of my favorite classics, so I’ve decided to create my list of Favorite Classics this week instead.

Going back over this list before posting has made me realize that more than half of the classics that I love are British…There is no shame in the fact that I’m a total Anglophile!

Northanger Abbey by Jane AustenPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettPersuasion by Jane Austen

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Are any of my favorite classics your favorites as well?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Romances

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is, I’m convinced, a holiday celebrated by no one as intensely as it is by middle schoolers.  They come to school with Valentine’s cards for everyone they know, heart-shaped balloons for their friends, candy is passed around freely from person to person, candy grams or carnations are sent to friends and secret crushes!  And lets not forget the infamous Valentine’s Day Dance! If we’re lucky us teacher’s sometimes get remembered in all the hub-bub and a student (or two) will gift us with a Disney Princess card or a little bag of candy.  I really do love my job.

So, I love my job and I love a good romance.  Today’s top ten list is my favorite fictional romances.  Most are from Young Adult or Middle Grades fiction, but a few adult titles (not that kind of adult!!) may have snuck in too!

Pride and Prejudice BBCElizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oh, that’s not a book cover you say?!  Oh Colin Firth isn’t who Jane Austen based the character on?! I do not care, because I strongly believe that had Jane Austen been aware of Colin Firth she would have been equally as pleased with the decision to cast him as her leading man.  Book or movie Elizabeth and Darcy are easily my favorite fictional couple!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and Etienne St. Clair

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This romance blossoms so slowly it’s so beautifully painful!  I loved the reality of this relationship; sometimes you fall for someone and the timing isn’t right, sometimes it can take forever.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsKatniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire + The Boy with the Bread! Come on!  Their love is based on helping each other through hardship.  They are both there for each other through the pain and struggle, that’s what love is.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray and Will Herondale

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

A romance set in Victorian London?! An American girl and Welsh guy both with supernatural powers? Enough said!

Graceling by Kristen CashoreKatsa and Po

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is strong and prideful.  Po loves her enough to break through the barriers she puts up. That’s love!

Jane Eyre DVDJane Eyre and Mr. Rochester

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Mr. Rochester is the first person to really notice Jane; to notice that she’s more than just a quiet governess. Le sigh…

Anne of the Island by LM MontgomeryAnne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

They annoy each other as children, but their love grows throughout the years.  He even waits for her to finish school before they get married.  Way to go Gilbert! :)

Ron and HermioneRon Weasley and Hermione Granger

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Best friends turned crushes is one of my favorite plot lines and Ron and Hermione are an awesome couple.  They compliment each other’s talents and strengthen each other’s weaknesses. 

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleAni and Geric

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Both Ani and Geric fall in love without realizing the other’s true identity, so they get to know the real person first.  Fairy tale magic!

Northanger Abbey DVDCatherine Morland and Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I have a special spot in my heart for Catherine and Mr. Tilney; she’s a voracious reader and he’s a pastor.  Sounds like a couple I know very well…! I can’t put my finger on it, but I feel a connection to them!

I hope I didn’t forget anyone!  Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

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