Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Classics of 2015


Top Ten TuesdayWelcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature hosted by those lovely bookworms over at The Broke and the Bookish. Expect a new top ten list every week!


| Top Ten… Classics of 2015 |

This year i have been determined to read more classics and amongst those dusty tomes I’ve discovered some fantastic literature, many of which are almost poetic in narrative and are often full of understated (if not blatant.. cough… Wodehouse) humour. For this week’s Top Ten, and to avoid any repeats with last week, I’m bringing you my top ten classics of 2015 – and hopefully I’ll unearth many more literary masters in 2016!

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Picadilly Jim

by P.G. Wodehouse

This is the book which started my love affair with Wodehouse. No author has brought tears of laughter to my eyes quite so much as this comedic genius, and with an inordinate number of books to his name, I expect to be crying with laughter for many more years to come!

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Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie

I have been an Agatha Christie fan for some time now, dipping into and out of her work ever since I was a child, so it was about time then that I made a concerted effort to make my way through her catalogue in some semblance of order. Murder on the Orient Express most certainly lives up to its reputation as a whodunnit masterpiece and has fuelled my passion for Christie’s crime classics.

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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

I had first read Sense and Sensibility as a young girl and, despite my love for both both literary and televised Austen, I hadn’t re-read a number of her novels until this year. Sense and Sensibility is social commentary at its finest, full of wit and humour with a sometimes heartbreaking storyline, which made me fall in love with Austen all over again.

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Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

I cannot begin to describe how much I love this book. Charles Dickens is a master of the literary charicature and it is done so well in Hard Times. And not only that, we have some of the most beautiful and evocative descriptions of the industrial revolution that I’ve ever come across. A definite highlight in this year’s list of classics.

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Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

I was determined to read more Jules Verne this year but only ended up reading one novel – Around the World in Eighty Days. This delightful adventure, undertaken as a bet and chock full of a multitude of intriguing characters,  has definitely spurred me on to read more of Verne’s work.

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The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan

Having never even heard of this novel until this year, The Thirty-Nine Steps took me by complete surprise. Reading just like one of the military escape memoirs I love so much, The Thirty-Nine Steps has me determined to add more John Buchan novels to my 2016 reading list.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

by Lewis Carroll

And no list of classics for me would be complete without the delightful and nonsensical work of Lewis Carroll. This is pure and unadulterated fuel for the imagination, like a fever dream… on acid. And this year’s re-read only re-fuelled my love for this wonderful piece of literature.

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde remains one of the most well known classic horror stories so it’s unsurprising that this short book, packed full of mystery, shock and suspense, made its way into this week’s Top Ten.

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Something Fresh

by P.G. Wodehouse

Something Fresh is the first book in the Blandings series which I’ve wholeheartedly devoured in 2015. With the delightfully dotty Lord Emsworth, many an imposter and something of a whodunnit… involving scarabs… this is a fine example of comedic literature which had me reaching for the next book in an instant.


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The Mystery of the Blue Train

by Agatha Christie

Another Christie classic (and another which involves trains!) tops this week’s list. Full of intriguing (and highly suspicious) characters, exotic jewels and even more exotic locations, this is one of my favourite Christie novels to date.

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Which are your favourite novels of 2015? Do any classics top your list? If you would like to join in with Top Ten Tuesday, head on over to The Broke and the Bookish and sign up!

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56 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Classics of 2015

    1. Thanks! You should definitely give Austen a try, she’s very witty and a pleasure too read. I love a good railway mystery… I’m sure I have a railway detective series stowed away somewhere….

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  1. You know I’ve never read any Agatha Christie but I really want to read And Then There Were None by her. Hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday.

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    1. I really recommend Hard Times. Some of the dialect chapters (which are few) may be difficult for someone who isn’t from northern England… and perhaps for people from northern England too! But it’s well worth reading 😀

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  2. Kudos on all your classics! I’ve never read Wodehouse or Christie, but I’d really like to. I did a Jane Austen re-read this year, and loved them all so much! Wow, The 39 Steps — I read that in high school, and even though I’ve forgotten a lot, I remember thinking it was really good. Great list!

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    1. Thanks 😀 Though fantasy and science ficton (with a good smattering of crime and historic fiction) are my main staples, it always feels good to read some classics! And I definitely need to read more Richard Hannay adventures!

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  3. You’ve done excellently with your classics! Do you join in with the Classics Club as a matter of interest? If not and you want the link I’ll send it to you. I’ve done abysmally this year and need to review my list and timeframe (I’m currently of and on reading Miss Jean Brodie and Two Men in a Boat – but I keep getting distracted!). I’ve read a few off here but Christie so long ago that I can’t even remember and I’ve never read any Wodehouse! I must alter that – perhaps I’ll change my list and add one of these.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. Thanks! I just counted up and I’m surprised that I’ve read 30 this year! I don’t do the Classics Club but perhaps I should.. five years makes it seem less of a daunting task and there are so many classics knocking about that I’d love to read (in between all the fantasy of course). I think you should read Wodehouse – he’s ridiculously funny! 😀

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      1. I would love to join that Classics Club, but if it’s the one I’m thinking about, I can’t make a list of fifty classics to read. I’ve already most of the “biggies” and most of the ones by my favorite authors. So I’m having to discover new ones to read as I go along. One great help is the Yahoo 19thCenturyLit group. With about five people nominating, there is always something “new” turning up.

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  4. Great list! I loved Murder on the Orient Express, Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and Around the World in Eighty Days; while Sense and Sensibility is my favourite Austen novel 🙂 Sadly I struggled with Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde but I have subsequently loved Treasure Island and enjoyed Kidnapped; perhaps I need to give it another go.

    I am currently creating a Top 10 post to round my year off with and so far it does include the classics: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Secret Garden and The Railway Children 🙂

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  5. Amazing! I’ve read all your favorites except maybe Through the Looking Glass. So nice to see a Top Ten list featuring Classics and with some of my favorites too.

    I’ve read 34 Classics this year with my favorites being Wyllard’s Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, The Black Sheep/La Rabouilleuse by Honore de Balzac and Mr. Standfast (Richard Hannay #3) by John Buchan. They’re all available free online either at Project Gutenberg or elsewhere.

    I see you’re at Goodreads. If you’re interested, join the Classics Catchup 2016 at the RMFAO group. It’s lowkey, no set classics, just anything that catches your interest and was written prior to 1940. https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/147920-rmfao-reading-my-frigging-a-off
    There is also a Genre Challenge there with a couple of different genres to choose from each month. It’s loads of fun and gets more action than the only Classics group.

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    1. It’s always nice to shake the lists up a bit! I always seem to find great new (or old) books through TTT!

      That’s a great number of classics! And I haven’t read any of those you mentioned so I’ll be sure to look them up.

      And thanks! I’ll definitely join – I love the idea of a genre challenge!

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  6. Great list! The Alice in Wonderland book looks like a fun read! It has been a long time since I have read Sense and Sensibility, but I remember enjoying it as well.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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    1. I haven’t acually – thanks for the reminder! 😀 Something Fresh just blew me away. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny! And I really love Lord Emsworth – completely ridiculous and completely brilliant.

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  7. What a wonderful list! I read Sense and Sensibilty a long long time ago and I forgot most of it – now the things I remember from the story are based on the movie. I feel like I need to reread it and reexperience the wonderful story again 😀 My TTT.

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  8. It changes to see a list about classics! 🙂 I only read Alice in Wonderland (obviouslyyyyyyy because I love this world so much) and Agatha Christie’s books. I’m torn about Jane Austen, I read Northanger Abbey and it was okay, I started Pride and Prejudice but never finished it. I think I’m gonna try watching the movie then get back to the book (it’s bad, I know).

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  9. LOVE this list 😀 It makes me nostalgic to re-read some of these great authors of old. Especially Agatha Christie! I haven’t read Mystery of the Blue Train, yet, so putting that on the to-read list. Have you read And Then There Was None? That one and Murder On The Orient Express are two of my favs from her. Also, you’re making P. G. Wodehouse sound so charming, I can’t believe I haven’t read him, yet! Tsk tsk on me!

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    1. Thanks! 😀 I really have to read And Then There Were None!! Especially with the adaptation coming out at Christmas. And P.G. Wodehouse is very charming indeed and has a ridiculously huge number of books!

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