Cranford book cover


Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

FICTION Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Fiction, Classics

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"Cranford" is a look at a small village and the women in it. Class differences are shown, friendships endure anyway, and the sheltered village reacts to changes in society. Author Elizabeth Gaskell wrote another favorite novel of mine, "North and South". She was a friend of Charlotte Bronte, and at Charlotte's father's request, wrote the first biography of Charlotte after she died. -Heidi L

Jane Eyre book cover

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë

FICTION Bronte, Charlotte
Fiction, Classics

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I read "Jane Eyre" when I was a teenager, and have reread it a few times since. I admire the title character's intelligence, drive, and integrity, and it certainly helps that there is a happy, romantic ending. As with several other titles on this list, love of the novel led me to reading about its author, and Charlotte Bronte was a complex woman, progressive in her thinking. The character of Bertha in "Jane Eyre" and her part of the story is troubling in my 21st century reading (for another perspective of Bertha, read "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys). Nevertheless--Reader, I named my cat Charlotte. -Heidi L

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Pride and Prometheus

John Kessel

FICTION Kessel John
Fiction, Science Fiction, Classics

Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her. Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way.

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A brilliant combination of Pride & Prejudice, and Frankenstein. 13 years after Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet meets Victor Frankenstein, who is in the middle of his own novel, and becomes an integral character in his story. Mary is such an incredible character, and Frankenstein's Creature is heartbreakingly human. Victor is awful, which won't come as a surprise if you've read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. If you like 19th-century novels, adaptations, or sci-fi, read this! You won't regret it! -Amanda

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The story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf

jE Leaf
Picture Books, Classics

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

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Rapunzel book cover


Bethan Woollvin

jE Woollvin
Picture Books, Classics, Humor

"The prisoner of an evil witch, Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. If she ever escapes, the witch will put a terrible curse her. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she!"--

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A classic fairy tale gets a new spin! -Casey

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Singing in the rain

Arthur Freed

jE Freed
Picture Books, Classics

A picture book adaptation of the song Singing in the rain, which celebrates the glory of clouds and rain.

Casey's picture

Can you sing this one? -Casey

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Speak : the graphic novel

Laurie Halse Anderson

Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Classics

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.

Casey's picture

Emily Carroll was the perfect artist for this chilling adaptation. Just as relevant as the original. -Casey

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So big

Edna Ferber

FICTION Ferber Edna
Fiction, Classics

Anne M's picture

So Big explores conflicting values, generational clashes, and living during an era of phenomenal social change. Ferber’s writing is clear and fresh, transcending many of the novels of the early twentieth century. If you enjoy Willa Cather, put So Big on your reading list. -Anne M

North and south book cover

North and south

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

FICTION Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Fiction, Classics

Anne M's picture

Oh, you must read Elizabeth Gaskell and you must start with this one. Margaret Hale, a daughter of a clergyman meets a stern, yet handsome mill owner, who is below her station as a tradesman. I would say it is Pride and Prejudice meets the industrial revolution--but I think this may be unfair to Gaskell, who is a fantastic writer in her own right. -Anne M

Far from the madding crowd. book cover

Far from the madding crowd.

Thomas Hardy

FICTION Hardy, Thomas
Fiction, Classics

Anne M's picture

I read Tess of the D'Urbervilles and loved it, but after reading Jude the Obscure, I put Thomas Hardy back on the shelf. This book renewed my interest in Hardy. This is more of a love story, then the tragedies Hardy is know for. That doesn't mean that love and loss do not play a pivotal role in the story. -Anne M