Favorite Classic Romance Novels and Love Stories

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I would list my favorite classic romance novels.

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

3. Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

5. Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

8. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

9. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (All right. Technically it’s a play. But it’s still one of the greatest love stories of all times.)

10. Persuasion by Jane Austin

These are my choices. Which ones would you add? Please comment.

My Favorites: Classic Children’s and Young Adult Novels

Before Young Adult novels became it’s own genre, people wrote novels that fit in this catagory. Here are a few of my favorites in order.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia Series by CS Lewis (I didn’t discover this series until I was an adult, but they were my children’s favorites and are my favorites as well.)  

2. The Outsiders by SE Hinton (Young Adult genre or not, this is a must read for everyone. One of my all time favorite novels.)

3. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (In my opinion, this is one of the best coming of age novels ever. It impacted me greatly when I was a teenager.)

4. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (This was my favorite novel when I was growing up.)

5. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (This is my favorite Kipling novel.)

6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (I’ve always loved adventure stories.)

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (I remember wanting to be Jo.)

8. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (This is the last book my grandmother read to me before she died. It will always have a warm place in my heart.) 

9. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Every preteen should read Mark Twain.)

10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 

11. Little House on the Praire Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I discovered these while watching “Little House on the Prairie” as a teenager.)

12. Anne of Green Gables Series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

13. Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stephenson  (What can be better than treasures and pirates?)

14. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe (Another great adventure.)

 15. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (What Can I say? I love Kipling novels.)

16. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

17. The Wind In the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

 18. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Series by L. Frank Baum

19. Watership Down by Richard Adams

20. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (A haunting story about the sin and depravity in our natures.)

If I were an English teacher, these books would be required reading. So what do you think. Leave comments and tell me if you agree, disagree, and what books you would add to this list.