So, I don’t know about you, but most books on required reading lists make my ears bleed. I don’t know how some of those books got to be classics, but many of them are so difficult to read, or so poorly written, that they are un-enjoyable to read. A year or two ago, I tried reading and reviewing Time’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, and I gave up about 10 books in, because I just could not get into any of them.
So if you are like me, here is a list of classic books that won’t make you want to hang yourself with your own belt after reading:
Jane Eyre: Probably best for women. I liked the humor in it.
The Great Gatsby: It’s short, to the point, and tragic. What more can you want?
Little Women: I loved this book to death as a child, but I’m still mad Jo and Laurie didn’t get married.
Animal Farm: This book is interesting because it disusses politics in an enjoyable way. If you like, it can become just a story about animals, or you can think about the political side as well.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: This book is soley responsible for making me laugh every time I hear the word, “alas.”
Lord of the Flies: This book is frightening, but incredible interesting. The question: would we all turn into barbarians without social structure?
The Hobbit: Love this book and The Lord of the Rings. Don’t get me started on how irritated I am that the new movie will be in three parts.
The Picture of Dorian Gray: So the writing in this story is a little boring, but the story itself is fascinating enough to make the read worth it.
Great Expectations: Poor Pip, such a tragic life. I actually think he may have been the first Emo kid.
Fahrenheit 451: Who wouldn’t enjoy a story about government control and the banning of all good literature?
Les Misérables: This is still one of my favorite books of all time. If you can get past the length and all the tangents about French history and politics, the story is quite interesting. Mr. Hugo clearly knew people.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Classic crime-fighting by a super-cool dude.
David Copperfield: This story is frankly depressing, but for some reason, I loved it. So much so, that I used one of his wive’s names for my own daughter.
Around the World in 80 Days: A high-stakes race around the world. Just fun all around.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Because the ocean is so interesting.
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