Hi bookworms, I hope everyone is having a more productive week than me, as I have barely left my flat all week! This week I decided to share the classic books I actually really enjoyed. We all know the books we are told to read in high school, usually they were written many years ago and are filled with long winded sentences and very similar plot lines. However, there are some of these classics that really surprised me and ended up becoming some of my favourite books.
Now I realize some people love all classics, but it is just not a genre I usually get into (as evidenced by my disastrous grade twelve reading of Wuthering Heights).
By: Bram Stoker
In my opinion the best vampire story is the original Dracula. I love how creepy and almost surreal the story is, and that somehow there are still humorous elements. I read this book on my own, no school assignment required, and I am glad I did. I would recommend it is you like dark and creepy stories, with subtle horror elements.
A Little Princess
By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
This has got to be one of my all time favourite classics, and the movie is also amazing so if you are not up to reading the book at least give the movie a go. I cried so much the first time I read it and then when I saw the movie too. I think it is just a sweet, lovely story that focuses on friendship and family.
By: Robert Louis Stevenson
This one I read only recently, and though I’m not sure it lives up to the whole ‘classics hype’ it was a very enjoyable read. I like adventure stories and what better adventure than a search for buried treasure and pirates. It managed to keep me hooked, which I find most classics are unable to do.
A Thousand and One Nights
I have read many variations of A Thousand and One Nights, but the original is still the best. I love these stories, they are full of magic and mystery and a kind of fairytale essence that I love (I mean, Aladdin, need I say more?). It is a bit long, but if you have the patience trust me it is well worth a read.
The Book Thief
By: Markus Zusak
I realize that some people will dispute me listing this as a classic since it didn’t come out that long ago, but I think it should be considered a classic anyways. I adore this book, and I really don’t know how to describe it in a way that will do it justice. The mere fact that death is the narrator of the story is so unique and interesting that it already sets this book apart. Of all the books on this list, I recommend this one the most.
The Chronicles of Narnia
By: C. S. Lewis
These books are such a feel good read for me. I love to pull them out around Christmas time, especially The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. This is a classic that is good for children and adults, as the stories aren’t long, but they still manage to pack in a whole lot of magic and adventure.
The Secret Garden, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Sherlock Holmes and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
What Classics do you guys love? Are there books you think should be considered classics that aren’t typically on the list? let me know in the comments.