Jillian's Classics Club has taken on a life of its own, and now has a home to itself on the Web with all sorts of lists and suggestions and fun, and a whole group of moderators! From now on they'll be hosting a monthly meme with a question to answer, and the first one is:
What is your favorite classic book? Why?
Yeah, let's just make this first one easy, right? Ha. I'm not very good at coming up with favorites, except that of course Diana Wynne Jones is my all-time favorite ever. You could certainly call her classic fantasy, but I'll try to come up with somebody else too.
Of course I love Jane Austen, and I think my favorite is Persuasion if I have to pick one, but all of them are high on the list, even poor unpopular Mansfield Park. Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall are my Brontë picks.
I do have a thing for Arthurian literature, and have read most of the major works right up to T. H. White. I especially love The Quest for the Holy Grail and all its crazy pseudo-Biblical history. I had a professor who had us read Wace and Layamon, even...but I can't stand The Mists of Avalon.
I have many favorites among the minor classic authors: I just gave Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals to my older daughter, and that's one of my all-time favorite books ever, even though I don't much care for animals in real life. Eleanor Farjeon, Elizabeth Goudge, P. G. Wodehouse, George Orwell, and C. S. Lewis are all favorites.
Finally, I like Russian literature very much but have to move a bit slowly. I'm absolutely loving the one I have going now.