Penguin Top 10 Essential Classics REDUX Survey!


Penguin is one of my favorite publishers and I especially love their classics line, so when I got an email about this contest they’re holding I knew I had to post about it on my blog. Here’s the info:

Last year, Penguin compiled a list of the 10 Essential Penguin Classics we thought every person should read. We thought our list was complete. We were wrong.

Thanks to your outstanding, passionate feedback (Where was Don Quixote? War and Peace? On the Road?) the list is being recreated, this time by YOU.

What are YOUR Top 10 Essential Penguin Classics? Click here to peruse the longlist of 100 and then vote for your top 10 before November 1st. Everyone who votes will be entered for a chance to win a wonderful prize—one of three tote bags filled with three of our much-beloved Penguin Deluxe Classics—so make sure your voice is heard!

In November we will announce a shortlist of 25 Classics, curated entirely by YOUR votes and opinions. Check for updates regularly on the Top 10 Essential Penguin Classics website and chat about your choices at the Essential Classics Redux community page.

We here at Penguin Classics understand how important a favorite, timeless classic can be to a reader throughout their lives—we have ours too! That is why we are thrilled about this unique opportunity to hear about YOUR Top 10 Essential Penguin Classics. We hope you will share in our excitement by helping us spread the word about this enormous event!

Fun, right? I’ve already voted, and here’s what I picked:

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Tales From the Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous
  • The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin
  • Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Beowulf by Anonymous
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare

It was tough for me to chose my ten because I haven’t read that many classics yet, which makes me feel like an uncultured swine. But the ones I’ve read and voted for are really good, and I highly recommend reading them. Especially the medieval stuff (which I had to read for my medieval classes but still nonetheless enjoyed)– Chaucer and Augustine’s Confessions and Beowulf and Le Morte D’Arthur are EXCELLENT, and I wish more people would read them alongside the more usual Dickens and Austen and etc.

What books would you pick for your top 10?

0 thoughts on “Penguin Top 10 Essential Classics REDUX Survey!”

  1. I had the hardest time picking only ten! I really wanted all the Greek and Latin stuff, but I knew I wanted to pick a variety…Sigh. Choosing books is hard.

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