Relationships end. Seasons change, nothing in life is constant, but books are. These are the most reliable and enduring joys with which the world is blessed. There’s nothing more alluring than the fact that books have the timeless ability to take you to a whole other world. They speak to your heart and mind like no one else. You find emotions in books that you can’t otherwise express. They teach you, distract you, stimulate your intelligence and expect nothing from you in return.
And the greatest of them are classics. Written by the greatest literary writers of all time, the classics have a unique twist that brings out emotions and perspectives differently. You might think the classics are hard to read. They are not as difficult to read as one might think. If you are someone who has just waded into the world of literature, here is a list of classics that can help you.
9 classic books you should read at least once in your life.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
A coming-of-age story of four sisters, each with their own prominent personalities. The moral lessons infused into Alcott’s writing make it essential reading. The novel is set in 19th century New England.
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A tale about the mental suffering and moral dilemmas of the main character trying to commit murder. It will take the reader deep into Raskolnikov’s mind.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
One of Jane Austen’s most popular novels, Pride and Prejudice shines with the novelist’s wit and intelligence.
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
With the romance of Jane and Rochester at its center, this novel is an exceptional piece of literature. The gothic elements, the heartbreaking and emotional journey of the main character add to the brilliance of this work.
Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
With complex and flawed characters, this book deals with the role of women in society – a book as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1920.
Things are falling apart, Chinua Achebe
A story of how colonialism undermined and impacted African culture. The issues covered in this one are serious and might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
This passionate tale of love and revenge follows the fierce Catherine Earnshaw and the cruel Heathcliff. One of those books that provoke intense emotions in the reader. Either you will love it deeply or you will completely hate it.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book explores the decadence of the Jazz Age with descriptions so beautiful they might make your heart ache.
The Heart Catcher, JD Salinger
The novel follows 16-year-old Holden Caulfield and the challenges he faced as a teenager. It deals with innocence, identity, belonging, loss and connection.
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