Don’t Know Where to Start Reading the Classics? A Fun Guide

If you like ACTION … The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
This contemporary classic is a nonstop ride through the world of Lord of the Rings.

If you like a GREAT FEMALE LEAD … Bleak House by Charles Dickens
There are a lot of things that come to mind when a person thinks of Bleak House, but the real treasure is the main character, Esther Summerson, whom remains loyal throughout the book regardless of the circumstances.

If you like a GREAT MALE LEAD … The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Dorian Gray might not be a nice male lead, but he’s a great male lead. Wilde tells the chilling tale of debauchery and the price of beauty.

If you like HORROR … Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
If you’re in the mood for a book equal parts bizarre and disturbing, pick this one up and give it a go.

If you like SHORT STORIES … The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson can find the creepiness of every day life and deliver them to you in the form of 25 haunting tales.

If you like DYSTOPIA … This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
There is just something about a dystopia disguised as a perfect utopia.

If you like SPACE OPERAS … Foundation by Isaac Asimov
This epic spans many generations and travels across space.

If you like ADVENTURE … The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
There’s nothing not to love about The Count of Monte Cristo. Look no further for a thrilling page turner.

If you like MYSTERIES … And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie’s most famous work is a masterfully crafted mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.

If you like COMEDIES … Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut is known for his dark humor and satire. Breakfast of Champions tells the story of mentally unstable Dwayne Hoover who reads books by the prolific Kilgore Trout and believes them to be true.

If you like SPECULATIVE FICTION … Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Reality is blurred in this face-paced, puzzling novel with a stunning reveal.

If you like SOCIAL COMMENTARY … Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Dickens is well known for writing about common issues during his time. In Great Expectations, he tells the story of Pip, a boy whom a chance encounter ends up being a great stroke of luck.

If you like ALTERNATE HISTORY A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
A Yankee engineer travels back in time to King Arthur’s Court and becomes a magician with his modern knowledge.

If you like COMING OF AGE STORIES … A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Betty Smith tells the story of a young girl who grows up in Depression era Brooklyn with her impoverished family.

If you like TRAGEDIES … Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome builds up to an unexpected shocking conclusion that rips up the reader.


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