Far From the Madding Crowd
It was my favourite book as a teenager and has stayed with me even though I am now in my 70s!
Brilliant plot and the women's characters make for such an exciting read. I loved the history in it as well and as a girl, can remember reading this book over and over.
Gone with the Wind
It is just so beautiful, and if you take away the war and how bad slavery actually is, I think I would have liked being a Southern Belle living the laidback lifestyle that they had in the 1800s.
Also, it gives me hope when looking at Scarlet's struggles and witnessing how she overcomes all the obstacles in her way. And while we're at it, who wouldn't like looking in on Rhett Butler's world from the comfort of your bed or couch?
There are just so many other things that make Gone with the Wind my favourite, but I don't want to put them down as the list will probably be as long as the novel.
A Tale of Two Cities
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Need I say more?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This is my favourite classic as it is the most real to me. While it is a fictional story, it shows the other side of love.
It's a book that shows that love is not always gentle and kind. Sometimes it can be possessive, dark, and hurtful. It's a novel that possesses you and leaves you wanting more. It is beautifully written, and the story is achingly haunting.
Jane is possibly the strongest female character in literature, choosing to stand by her own principles rather than simply give in when offered everything she wants, but under conditions she cannot accept.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - I have been reading this ever since I was a little girl, I've done the play, I have watched the movie, and every time, I'm still so captivated by this poor orphan child.
Pride & Prejudice
Because it deals with life's important issues that were as important then as they are now, and it's funny and clever to boot!
Right, now that our readers have shared their choice reads, tell us which classic is your favourite.