Did you know that classic literature isn’t just for high school English class? It turns out that all of those classics you’ve heard of but never actually read are some of the best books that have ever been written. If this comes as a surprise to you, then you need to get reading. If this doesn’t come as a surprise to you, then you need to get reading. You can never lose something by reading a book, except maybe ignorance.
Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen *
The story centers around Elizabeth Bennet, second oldest of five daughters living in the English countryside. If that sounds like snooze-a-palooza, you’re in for a surprise. As the funny and intriguing narrative unfolds we meet Mr. Darcy, and one of history’s most beloved romances begins.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll *
Usually shortened to “Alice in Wonderland”, this book plays with logic in ways you never noticed in the Disney movie. This classic is charming, eerie, twisted, and thought provoking. Innocence be damned.
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
If you managed to wiggle your way this far through life without reading this heart-breaking story of prejudice, then you need to go read it right now. But for real, buy it here. Buy it right now. Don’t think just do it.
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Esther Greenwood is collapsing, and she’s doing it in a scarily relatable way. You’ll find yourself agreeing with her distorted reasoning, and then feeling really freaked out that you did. Let yourself be drawn into Plath’s beautiful prose in this book about what is socially acceptable, and what shouldn’t be let into the light.
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy *
Set in nineteenth-century Russia, Tolstoy tells the story of the married Anna and her affair with Count Vronsky. Widely considered to be one of the best books ever written, this novel is certainly not what it seems.
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
One of the greatest murder mysteries in history, you won’t be able to put down this book filled with eccentric characters and a really creepy nursery rhyme. Agatha Christie is the third best-selling author of all time (outsold only by The Bible and Shakespeare), and trust us, she deserves it. See how many of her novels you can get through this summer, you won’t be disappointed.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë *
Not your average love story. Brontë wrote this story of passion, violence, and revenge when she was she was in her twenties, which is super impressive considering that most of us can barely get out of bed for those 10 AM discussions.
“But I’m an accomplished and busy college woman who has no time for leisure reading!”
This is not true. Pick one of these up and I promise you’ll find the time somewhere.
“I’m super broke! How do you expect me to buy all these books?”
Good news! Libraries exist! Also, the books with the little * by their title are free on Amazon Kindles! Read on!
“I can’t think of another reason why I wouldn’t read these! Thanks for the suggestions!”
Anytime you brilliant bookworm.
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