Classics: A Beginners Guide (Where to Begin and Ones I want to tackle)  

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plural noun

1. the classics, a body of literature regarded as great or lasting.


2. serving as a standard or model of its kind; definitive

“All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hours, and the books of all Time.” 
― John RuskinSesame and Lilies


Hello, Friends it definitely feels good to sit down and write a blog post after days of procrastinating. Hope you are well and welcome to this weeks post.

(All Book will be Linked)

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Last year I sort of hunkered down and dove into the slightly intimidating “Classics Genre” and when I say “intimidating” I mean that most of the classics are so well loved & I have this inner voice whispering “what if I don’t love them or they don’t meet my expectations.” So I started with shorter classics…

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


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Lord of the Flies by William Golding


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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


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Dracula by Bram Stoker

And I was pleasantly surprised by some and underwhelmed by others but that’s the beauty of reading you won’t love every book. If you are at all interested or slightly intimidated I recommend starting with shorter classics to gauge the type that works for you.

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Popular Short Classics – Goodreads

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” 
― Italo Calvino,

In my Classics quest, I discovered that I am drawn to darker tales and bleak narratives that pass their point across in a very hard hitting way using twisted characters and tackling darker themes. Dracula did have the right atmosphere but failed in the execution so these are the other books I want to get to and fingers crossed I discover a new favourite. If you have any more recommendation for dark classics feel free to share.


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Frankenstein  by Mary Shelley

The Monk by Matthew Lewis

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

1984 by George Orwell 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 

I could go on forever about the books I want to get to especially the classics so I’ll just link (Popular Classic Books) so you can go peruse and see what tickles your fancy.

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The complete guide to reading—and even enjoying—classic literature

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I would love to know what are some of your favourites classics and what do you look for in a classic?  Hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for visiting

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9 thoughts on “Classics: A Beginners Guide (Where to Begin and Ones I want to tackle)  

  1. the first time i opened to kill a mocking bird my head was spinning, to be fair i was 12 i picked up a romance novel instead and i am now a romance book addict. i bought War and peace and i am still staring at it on my bookshelf. I am working my way to reading classics, i started off reading fiction without too much romance in it or no romance at all, i am dying but its worth it the stories are interesting. Eventually one day i would start reading the classic books and i think i would start with 1984.

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  2. very helpful post! I love dark and scary classics, and I would love to read more in the future! I read The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde last year and it was so good. Also, I’m planning to read 1984 by George Orwell and The Picture of Dorian Gray this year. I also read The Great Gatsby years ago, and unfortunately didn’t really like it at all.


  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath was the last ‘classic’ book that I read and it was amazing!!
    I read Virginia Woolf’s ‘The Waves’ last year too and it blew my mind.
    I find that the biggest problem with the classics is trying to get to them all, some of them are massive!


  4. This is an absolutely fantastic list. Dracula is an amazing classic and I feel that everyone really should read To Kill a Mockingbird. It really hurts me when schools and towns ban the book…it’s so shocking that people still do that. So many classics touch on things that some people don’t want to address, or don’t like reading about.

    Amazing post!

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    1. I know 😅 why do they ban books that are actually important? I think that’s why Classics are still important they address issues that are still relevant 🙌 To Kill a Mockingbird is essential reading especially in today’s world sadly


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