Classics seem to scare a lot of people and I can understand why. They can be hard to read, a lot are crazy philosophical, and more than a few are just plain boring. However, classics are classics for a reason, and it makes sense to give them a shot. There are some classics that I’ve read and absolutely couldn’t stand, no matter how many people tell me what great books they are, and there are some classics that I’ve read and they’ve become some of my favourite books, so here are some classics that I’ve read and absolutely adored.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A lot of people take a dislike to The Great Gatsby because they have to read it for school, but I highly recommend you give this book a chance. It’s not a long read but it’s a beautiful one. Fitzgerald’s use of language creates such vibrant images that you can’t help but be swept into the dazzling, melodramatic world of 1920s America.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I was inspired to read these stories by the BBC program “Sherlock,” which I love a lot. As it turns out, I love the original stories a lot too. They were so intense and exciting, not to mention I love the style of writing that came from that era. It was also super cool to see how the producers of BBC’s “Sherlock” have manipulated the 19th century stories into a modern context.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
This was a book that I read for school and really enjoyed. It’s a bit of a strange read, but if you’ve read anything by Kurt Vonnegut you’ll know that all of his books are. It takes a little bit of focus to understand where the timeline is going but as long as you can concentrate on it, it’s a really interesting book.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I found this book buried in my mum’s bookshelf and loved it from the beginning. It’s the type of novel that sucks you in and won’t let you stop reading. Everything about it is so insightful and relevant that I was completely shocked when I realised it was written in the 1930s. It’s a novel that will definitely leave you thinking about the world we live in, and wondering how a book written nearly ninety yars ago could still be so relevant.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
It took me a while to get into this book — I think I started reading it three or four times before I could actually stay focused on the story, but I’m really glad I eventually did. The Hobbit is the classic fantasy adventure story that all other fantasy adventure stories can only ever dream of coming close to. Every detail of Tolkien’s world is meticulously thought out and it’s impossible to read this book without being totally submersed into this world.
Nineteen Eighty-Fourby George Orwell
My high school English teacher lent me her copy of this book when she found out that I liked Brave New World and it immediately made its way onto the list of my favourite classics. As with Brave New World it was so interesting to see the enduring concerns and issues addressed by authors. The themes Orwell explores are absolutely applicable to society today, not to mention how interesting the actual story is.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This was another book that I had to read for school and I know that a lot of my classmates didn’t bother, but I really do think they missed out by not reading this classic. The narration from the point of view of a child makes the messages of this novel clear and simple and I think that’s what makes this such a timeless favourite. As long as prejudice still exists, this book will continue to be relevant, and it’s one that I think everyone should read at least once.