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Classic Romance?

I'll tell you now: I am not a “classics” fan, and I am not a romance fan. All those books we were supposed to read in school? I hated them. I even skipped or didn't finish several, and I was not the type of student who skipped assignments. I tried revisiting a few when I was older, hoping maybe I would 'get' them better, but...nope. Not my bag. I am a happy genre gal, fully okay with reveling in spec fic. Science fiction, fantasy, AU, dystopian – those are my worlds. Now, I like me some erotica, especially of the BDSM variety, but the romance formulas tend to bug me. I like it spicy, and I like the FMC to be strong and fully empowered.

So I've been leery about the 'classic romance' item on the 50 Book Challenge. I've recently started Chivalry, by James Branch Cabell, but I don't think that counts. As for the ones Google lists, I've snagged a few free ebooks. Which do you think I might actually enjoy? I might be able to find others through the library ebook loan, if you think there's one that's right up my alley. I'm purposefully avoiding Princess Bride, even though I've never read the book, but I want something 100% new for me.

Pride & Prejudice

Wuthering Heights


Little Women



Jun. 30th, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
Stay far away from Wuthering Heights unless you enjoy reading about incredibly emo and dysfunctional people :-P

Other recommendations though... I rather like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and together with Elizabeth Bennet of P&P, they're two of the more enpowered FMC in classic literature.

Love "The Rosary" by Florence Barclay (free on gutenberg), and like that the FMC is a strong, single older woman.

Would "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery count as a classic? Lots of romance in the third book - "Anne of the Island", which also just happens to be my favourite :)

You could always go with "These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder - my favourite of the Little House books, and a quick read.

And finally, one of my all-time favourite books, "The Blue Castle" by L.M. Montgomery offers a very different romance, as the FMC proposes to the man. Strong and empowered FMC? Oh yeah! At least after the first few chapters.
Jun. 30th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all the recs! I tend to dislike emo & overly dysfunctional people in my fiction (I go there to escape that!), so I appreciate the heads up. lol Pride & Prejudice is mildly in the lead because I do one day plan to read Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies or whatever that is.

I've never read the last few Laura Ingalls Wilder books! We looked for them when we read the whole series together, and our library system didn't have them. That was back in NC. I wonder if I could find them now. I almost feel like I'd have to start rereading the series again from the beginning, it's been so long.
Jul. 1st, 2015 06:28 am (UTC)
I have all the ones I mentioned as ebooks, and could happily email you some of them, if you're interested?
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'll take any you send my way! I think I'll do P&P for the romance, but I have loads of books to try to read this year (I'm so behind!), so I'll take all of them I can get. Thank you! I've been collecting ebooks since I got my tablet back, but I don't know how to share them. :/ I'm still new to them!
Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:40 am (UTC)
Not all ebooks can be shared - it depends on where you get them from and which tablet you have. Most of these are from Project Gutenberg, so they're in the public domain anyway, and easily shared :)

Which format would you prefer? I can do PDF, epub (nook, iBooks) or Mobi (kindle)
Jul. 2nd, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
Kindle's probably best. Thanks so much! I get most of mine from Amazon, so I use the kindle app to read.
Jul. 3rd, 2015 09:25 am (UTC)
Email sent :)