Monday, 9 November 2015

Top 5 Classic Reads

As it's the month of NaNo, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite books from different genres, today I will be looking at Classics. 

Classics are always a difficult genre to talk about as so much can qualify as a classic. Most people think of Austen, Brontes, Dickens and Hardy when talking classics but I wanted to stray from that because personally I find that type of classic dull as dishwater! 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 
Okay, so I know I just said I find authors like Dickens dull as dishwater and that is still true for the first half of this novel which is painfully tedious however after about page 200 the french revolution starts and it really picks up. It's a really poignant ending and is well worth slogging through those 200 pages to get to the good stuff. 

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Excuse the shockingly bad photography but look how beautiful this cover is. Penguin cloth bound classics are the best. But beauty aside this is my all-time favourite book. Lewis Carroll was a master wordsmith and this book never feels like an archaic read. Full of fun, wonder, humour and fantasy this is such a great book for people that are wanting to dabble in classics. 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
This is the first book that I properly read on my own when I was around 8-9. Again it's a fantasy and it is really easy to read unlike a lot of classics. It's actually the second book in a whole series called the Chronicles of Narnia but it can easily be read as a standalone as well. 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I'm unsure if this counts as a Classic but I'm counting it. I'm pretty sure you all know what the Hobbit is so I won't go into depth about it other than that it is a children's book written as the prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy following the life of Bilbo Baggins a Hobbit. I adore The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and I think everyone should read them - (if you like harry potter you will like The Hobbit and LOTR seeing as most of Harry Potter is "borrowed" from Tolkien... just sayin') 

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 
This is actually a play but it's so great. I love Oscar Wilde he was an amazing author and he has said so many profound things. Personally I think he is one of the most underrated authors there has ever been. The Importance of Being Earnest is a hilarious comedy that I defy anyone not to laugh at! 

That's all for today's post I hope you've found some inspiration to read classics! 


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