Day 16: my favorite from the classics

I went through a phase where I read nothing but the classics that I (strangely) missed out on while I was growing up.  Some of there were delightful.  Some…not so much.
Disturbingly, I loved both Animal Farm and 1984.  Even more disturbing was how much I liked Lord of the Flies.  Don’t judge.

Anyway, I’m obviously not too averse to dark themes, so it’s not really surprising that my favorite of the classics falls squarely in that category. Honestly, I don’t think I’d ever even heard of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier before I was an adult.

Rebecca 1

There were parts I hated (like….pretty much everything about Rebecca), but it was beautifully written and early on in the book I became very invested in the central character (whose name, interestingly, was never revealed).

I don’t keep copies of many of the books I read, but this is one I’d like on my shelf at some point since I feel the need to re-read it every few years.

How about you?  Do you prefer happily ever after books or darker themes?

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3 thoughts on “Day 16: my favorite from the classics”

  1. I suppose you didn’t read the classics because of all the assigned books that were required in your ACE work. I have never even heard of “REBECCA”.

  2. I was strangely sheltered from all the classics myself. In my mid-twenties I read through a slew of them — which was a blast. I had to read Lord of the Flies as a sixth grader and felt like it scarred me for life. I couldn’t handle dark when I was young. Now, I can read dark if it’s tempered by some redeeming factor. Now that I read this review, I take back what I said about Code Name Verity. Maybe you would like it.

  3. I actually didn’t even know rebecca was even a book until I had watched the movie,and thought it was AWESOME!!! After that, I found out that there was a book…and had INTENDED on reading it….I just haven’t gotten to it yet. :/ Pretty much all of my books I’m readin gright now have been put on hold to read a boring (Not really boring, actually VERY GOOD) leadership book for work. But btw….I liked Lord of the Flies too….it’s always made me wonder what kind of disturbed mind Golding had. But then I thought…well I actually liked it…sooo hmmmm….maybe he’s not the only one! lol

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