Most high schools require a certain amount of “classic” reading for their students. All of these books appear on most classic lists. Most of these books just go to show that just because something is “classic” doesn’t mean it was good or even still relevant. Who knows, maybe Twilight will be on the classic list someday!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Original Unabridged Version: This book is about a bad kid who is about ten or eleven. He gets into all kinds of scrapes. Of all the classic books that I have read, this was one of my favorites. I also liked The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, because it was pretty hilarious in spots.
To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition: This book tells the classic tale of Boo Radley and Atticus as the lawyer, Atticus, defends the black man Boo from an unjust accusation. This book bored me in high school, but it is a classic and tells a good point.
Nineteen Eighty-Four: This book tells the scary tale of what can happen if people let the government run their lives.
A Tale of Two Cities: This classic story highlights the social upheaval in Europe and France during the late 1700s and early 1800s. The story was a little above me when I was in high school, but if you can get through it, it’s ego-boosting to say you’ve read it.
Jane Eyre: This book, I loved. I loved the character of Jane and the epic Gothic quality of the entire story. The writing is surprisingly well-paced and amusing for the time it was written.
Pride And Prejudice: This story is a classic love story with perhaps, the original love/hate relationship. Many people love it. I did not.
Treasure Island (Qualitas Classics): This book is about the life of Jim Hawkins and company as they try to discover a buried treasure on a secret island. I thought it was surprisingly boring for how much adventure is included in the story.
Lord of the Flies (50th Anniversary Edition): This is a story of boys who get shipwrecked on a desert island. Within a few weeks, they loose all humanity and start killing one another. Interesting view on the human psyche.
The Great Gatsby: I’m not sure if there is a point to this book. It’s about some guy in love with a married woman in the 1920s. But, hey, it’s a classic too!
Dracula (Qualitas Classics): This story will interest the teens who love vampire fiction. This is one of the original vampire stories, sometimes attributed as a satirical metaphor for the oppressive upper class in Europe.