There’s a quote attributed to Mark Twain that goes something like: “A classic is a book which people praise, but don’t read.”
And I think a lot of us feel that way — the idea of settling down with all 1,200 pages of Tolstoy’s War & Peace is enough to make us give up before we’ve begun.
But the classics are the classics for a reason, and any serious booklover will probably want to explore at least some of them. So we’ve made this list of Classic Books You Should Actually Read.
There are countless we’ve left off, and this list is based entirely on our own preferences, so whatever you do, just keep reading — but here’s a good place to start.
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
First published in 1851, the story follows a sailor’s single-minded pursuit of Moby Dick, a colossal white sperm whale. The book opens with one of the best-known opening lines – “Call me Ishmael”. The story is perhaps literature’s most famous example of madness and obsession.
The Catcher in the Rye — J.D. Salinger
The subject of much controversy because of its language and risky themes, this is one classic worth a first visit, but also a later visit — countless readers have reported a much different experience of the book in adulthood as in adolescence. Whether you love Holden Caulfield or hate him, Catcher does provoke strong reactions, and was groundbreaking for its time.
Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
A story of romance from early 19th-century England, it follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she navigates the polite minefield of manners, morality, marriage and more. While some may write P&P off as a romance novel, there is much more here — themes of feminism in the face of oppressive societal norms, the roles of the classes and more. If you’re going to read only one Jane Austen, this is it.
The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald
A great example of twentieth century literature, it’s easy get caught up in the intrigue, lavish parties and opulent lifestyle depicted in The Great Gatsby. But beneath the surface is a book of real substance, exploring themes of emptiness, moral bankruptcy, and the lengths to which desperate men will go to achieve what they think they want.
To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee
Harper Lee only wrote one book. This is it, and it won the Pulitzer Prize, and was forward-thinking and daring and brave for 1960, and introduced one of literature’s most powerful and classy characters, Mr. Atticus Finch. If you haven’t read it, go and read it.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
In Ray Bradbury’s unforgettable 1953 novel, there are still firemen — but instead of putting out fires, they show up to set them. Specifically, they show up to burn books. Set in a dystopian future, the novels tells the chilling tale of a world where censorship has won, the written word is contraband, and information has been boiled down to brief sound bytes, rendering everyone’s attention spans useless. In a time where it can feel like Twitter and social media reign supreme, there has never been a better time to read this classic and let the hair on your arms stand up.
Of Mice & Men — John Steinbeck
Set during the Great Depression in California, this novel is a tale of loyalty with underlying themes of mental illness and racism. Its juxtapositions of cruelty and kindness, poverty and privilege make this novel outstanding. Accused of crudity or vulgarity by some, it’s on the American Library Association’s list of Most Challenged Books.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn is another worthy classic to make the most-challenged books list, largely because of its liberal usage of language that is unacceptably racist by today’s standards. It tells the story of a young pre-pubescent vagabond and his rafting adventures. While detractors have accused the book of glorifying the idea of a parentless existence, in reality, Huck is a pitiable kid from a broken home, who is innocent at heart and longs for a home and family.
1984 — George Orwell
Popular terms such as The Thought Police, Big Brother and The Two-Minute Hate all came from this unforgettable and iconic novel. Even the adjective Orwellian, which has come to mean a rigidly controlling, dictatorial or fascist, is likely the direct result of this novel.
And here’s a list of 40 classic books that are always worth reading: http://www.abebooks.com/books/features/50-classic-books.shtml
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From the times
of early 19th century till this running modern era, the importance
and consumption of tea has never been a deteriorating factor. The introduction
to the various soursop tea flavors, various healths related teas can exemplify
the importance of tea even in this modern world. From a very black tea to Chai
in India and Dekhashan, and various other names throughout the world
implicates that the tea is been playing a crucial role in the lives of human
beings. The teas available in the market are very fine and refined in nature, sometimes
been taken as recommended even from health specialists.
The tea since
many centuries has been part of human life playing its role with concern to
healthcare and other living habits. It is assumed that the tea consumption will
be increased exponentially because of its availability in various flavors,
colors and with multiple health concerns according to individuals tastes and
Countries such as
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, USA, Latin countries are remembered as the great
sources and consumers of the tea products. The vast enumerating Boston tea
party shall refresh the minds about the achievements in the world of history,
so does the tea according to some groups of intellects. The criterias of been addicted
to tea and culturally oriented were viewed and are even visible now in this
present world scenarios. Especially in India, offering Chai to guests and
relatives, has been concerned as a manner of treat and cultural aspect. This
kind of cultural aspect of serving tea is even seen in countries like Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh and other east-Asian countries like
Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal etc.
are favorites of Coffee, the importance of tea consumption is nevertheless as
same as the coffee. European countries too purchase and prefer the consumption
of tea warm, mild or hot, despite of their weather and working conditions. From
the various health scenarios, the consumption of tea is proved to be good and
healthy with no side-effects if consumed in a systematic and well-prepared.
Some typical individuals do prefer to add sugar and milk to tea to make it
better palatable, in mild hot form according to their tastes and preferences. Very
similar to tea consumers, the consumption of coffee appears to be same with the
combinations of milk, sugar and other ingredients such as honey and cheese.
Though the quantity and rate of consumption of tea plays major role, there are
many advantages in consumption of tea.
consumption of soursop tree tea as factor under a very good guidance and
awareness of quality in preparation and consumption, the following are the
possible advantages achieved from the drinking tea. Tea is the available at all
prices and quantities in the market, which is the most priority advantage
according to the suppliers point of view. Drinking tea and the quality of
preparation can be modified according to the consumers interest and recommends.
The flavors and the ingredients such as ayurvedic herbs and shrubs, scents can
be used along with tea instead of special practice of medical treatment
practices and diet. Tea is one of the liquid diets which can be consumed without
hesitation and concerns about ill-effects occurring from its consumption.
Usually, there appear no side-effects in consuming the tea in limited amounts
in systematic scheduled intervals. Tea is available in both natural and
semi-finished format, thus the interests of exploiting the full advantage of
some good tea shall be seen peculiarly. The health aspects regarding hyper
tension, diabetes and other normal health effects such as headache, dehydration,
cold etc shall be cure and prevented from the consumption of tea in a
systematic order. The rate of tea consumption can affect the health and
hygiene, when the addictions and features of too much consumption of tea can
create the side-effects such as cough and cold, reminding that there is need of
some awareness in consumption of tea.