There are so many good books being released week after week. And we love them! But all book lovers know that there are some classics that EVERYONE must read at least once in their lifetime. We know you’re busy, Savvy Readers. But we’ve chosen a collection of our favourite classic novels that you need to read. So add them to your TBR today and get to it!
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
E. B. White‘s Newbery Honor Book is the beloved story of a pig named Wilbur and a clever spider, and it can be read at any age! It is a beautiful novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
What’s a list of classic books without To Kill a Mockingbird? It is one of the most beloved books of all time, and for good reason. With themes that are still topical today, To Kill a Mockingbird is an unforgettable story of race, class, and growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s.
Emma by Jane Austen
It’s been reimagined countless times in film, TV, and books, but you must read the original too! A comedy of matchmaking and manners, Emma is a charming novel of love, friendship, and social grace. And it is timeless — as poignant and riveting today as when it was first published.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A modern classic, The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist. Set during one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century, Nathan Price takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. What follows is a suspenseful epic of the family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
No other book brings the Roaring Twenties to life quite like The Great Gatsby! Set against a backdrop of jazz music, bootlegging, and lavish parties, The Great Gatsby follows Nick Carraway as he is introduced into the world of his fabulously wealthy neighbour Jay Gatsby, whose thirst for riches is matched only by his tragic pursuit of the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. A true classic, The Great Gatsby might just be one of the best novels of the twentieth century.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Our list HAS to include the most widely read mystery of all time from the incredible Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express. Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer. So Detective Hercule Poirot sets out to find the killer, quickly, before the murderer decides to strike again.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
If you haven’t read the decadent novel by Oscar Wilde, I urge you to do it now! It’s the perfect Fall read! The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the story of the handsome Dorian, whose obsession with his portrait leads him down a path of self-destruction.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This has to be one of the 20th century’s most beloved and acclaimed novels! One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the many generations of the Buendía family, in the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo. Inventive, magical, and brimming with truth and compassion, and this novel is a work of art!
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
With Mowgli hitting theatres any day now, you should probably prepare yourselves by reading the original classic, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Specifically, check out this gorgeous edition of the story, with the original text plus 3D interactive elements that bring it to life! Mowgli, the man-cub, is raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves. As he grows older, he learns the ‘Law of the Jungle’ with the help of his friends, Bagheera the Panther, Baloo the Bear and Kaa the Python, who try to keep him safe from fearsome Shere Khan, the tiger.
Abridged Classics by John Atkinson
And if you’d love to read some of the classics, but just can’t seem to find the time, then Abridged Classics is perfect for you! It’s a collection of summations of more than 100 well-known works of literature, from Anna Karenina to Wuthering Heights, cleverly described in the fewest words possible and accompanied with funny color illustrations.
Which of these classic books have you already read, and which do you want to read next? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!!
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