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Classic Books List

“Why read the classics? A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” These are a few recommendations, books everyone should read. Don’t let yourself be convinced they are good: read and decide for yourself!

(no particular order intended)

  • Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  • North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Hard Times - Charles Dickens
  • The Karamazov Brothers - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
  • The Waves - Virginia Woolf
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  • Hamlet - William Shakespeare
  • Richard II - William Shakespeare
  • Little Women - Louisa Alcott
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Anna Karenina - Liev Tolstói
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
  • Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  • The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton 
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  • Lord of The Flies - William Golding
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
  • Persuasion - Jane Austen
  • War and Peace - Liev Tolstói
  • Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  • The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka 
  • Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  • Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  • King Lear - William Shakespeare
  • The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
  • Jean Barois - Roger Martin du Gard
  • Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
  • Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Your Literary Dinner Party Experience:

Wuthering Heights: The food is as unappealing as the host’s personality. You find yourself fleeing the estate and taking refuge in the surrounding moorlands before the second course is served.

Great Expectations: The host wears a mildewed wedding dress as she cuts what looks to be a thirty-year-old piece of vanilla cake. You sit quietly and try to fake a smile.

Northanger Abbey: You think your host is the type of person who might have murdered his wife and hid her body in a dusty old dresser. As you take a bite of the pot roast it doesn’t even occur to you that he might just be a dick.

Jane Eyre: The fare is far better than the stale bread and bitter tea provided at your boarding school, but that’s little comfort when the host’s wife keeps setting the table linens on fire.

Dracula: You know that you are sipping on a fine Cabernet, but what is he drinking?

Pride and Prejudice: Over dessert, one of your guests confesses that he has fallen in love with you in spite of your family’s terrible table manners. You stab your pudding with your spoon and tell him he’s the last man you could ever be prevailed upon to marry.

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29.10.17

i was going to see a showing of shakespeare’s coriolanus today but it was cancelled due to technical difficulties, so instead i spent a wonderful afternoon in solitude leafing through books and sitting in cute little cafés. i’m in love with this time of the year and the autumnal haze that washes over everything 🍂

Books You Should Read

Biographies

  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
  • Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso 

Series 

  • Miss Peregrine Home for Peculiar Kids by Ransom Riggs
  • The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 

Poetry 

  • Whiskey Words and a Shovel (Volumes 1,2 &3) by r.h. Sin
  • Rest in the morning by r.h. Sin 
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  • Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet 
  • Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet
  • Beautiful Chaos by Robert M. Drake

Classics

  •   Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
  • Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte 
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway 
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  • The Pictures of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde 

Fiction 

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green 
  • All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda 
  • The Oxygen Thief by Anonymous 
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 
  •  The History of Love by Nicole Krauss