As an English Literature student, I spend a lot of my time reading books. When life gets me down, or I need a little perspective, I’ll always find comfort in the classics.
Every now and then, when I am tired of the nuances of modern fiction, I pick up a classic and I go back, back to my favorite books and favorite memories.
Classic Books to Read in 2018
1.To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and an all-American Classic. If you’ve never come across this book before then it’s possible you live in a cave. Published in 1960, this timeless classic explores human behavior and the collective conscience of The Deep South in the early 20th century and it’s loosely based on the author’s own life. It’s a captivating read, but not for the light hearted; Lee deals with strong themes of rape, racism, and social injustice.
2. Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Published in 1847. Wuthering Heights is partly in the Gothic tradition of the late eighteenth century. The book features the supernatural, dark nights, and other grotesque imagery that tried to create effects of mystery and invoke fear. A passionate and most daunting love story.
3. 1984 By George Orwell
George Orwell’s dystopian, totalitarian world of control, fear and lies has never been more relevant. The book represents the current situations of the world. Mostly it delves into the life of Winston Smith. As he struggles with his developing human nature in a world where individuality, free will and love are off- limits.
4. Any Jane Austen Novel
It was impossible to choose just one Jane Austen novel for this list, as they’re all absolutely brilliant. And packed full of interesting and sometimes amusing characters – and heroines you can’t fail to love. Jane Austen’s novels still hold value for their historical importance on the Georgian aristocracy.
Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey. Take your pick, but if forced to choose, my personal favorite is Pride and Prejudice. The tale of a courtship of two opposed characters in a world where manners and courtesy are of the utmost importance.
5. The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald
Published in 1925. The book explores the Jazz Age and American Dream. It is a story about one of the richest man’s journey who cannot earn love. It became very famous after its film adaption. In which Leonardo Dicaprio plays the role of the protagonist (Jay Gatsby).
6. The Diary Of Young Girl By Anne Frank
Anne Frank’s diary is a raw account of the struggles of Jews at the time of Nazi rule. The young girl Anne believes it is good in people and everything will change soon. Despite all the circumstances she still manages to see beauty in the world. The book will fill you with hope.
7. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
Published in 1865, written by a mathematician under the pen name Lewis Caroll. It is a story about a girl named Alice, who fall into a rabbit hole. Through the hole, she enters a fantasy world filled with peculiar creatures. This book will also take you to the wonderland.
8. Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë
One of the most influential fictional heroines of all time, Jane Eyre. Jane is a strong, unbroken women despite her troubled childhood. Charlotte Bronte has beautifully depicted the repressed Victorian society. The novel will definitely engage and invoke readers.
9. The Color Purple By Alice Walker
Winner of multiple awards, an epistolatory novel. The Color Purple is a devastating tale that tackles the lives of colored women in 1930s USA. Censored and challenged, the harsh reality displayed in The Color Purple will leave you shaken.
10. Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling
I am sure everybody has heard of Harry Potter and probably seen few parts or all. But have you read them? Join Harry Potter on his journey. As he begins his journey into the world of magic and ends with fighting YOU KNOW WHO, HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED.
These are my favorite books. I hope you will enjoy these books as well. People who have read these book. They will understand why they make into the list of 10 classic books that everyone should read.