Classics

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

The Lost World and Other Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

No Name by Wilkie Collins

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Double and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Notes from the Underground, The Double, and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley –Call me a nerd, but I loved this tragic story! Initially, it wasn’t what I expected, but then I got into it and couldn’t put it down.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen –Usually I like Austen’s books, but this one was the exception. I thought the main character was too timid and scared.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne –This was fun to read while actually flying around the world. Such a fun story!

Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas –I loved this historical fiction book that had me squirming in my seat at the beginning and laughing out loud later on. The book opens with the tragically violent story of two brothers and then turns to the story of an innocent young man accused of treason. Add a delightful dash of romance and a comical obsession with tulips and you have a wonderful book! As a side note, this book had possibly my favorite first kiss scene ever! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a taste of Dumas without tackling a thick book (this one is only about 200 pages long)…or anyone that loves Dumas/classics!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo –Although one of the heaviest books I’ve read (literally, that book is heavy!), it is well worth the time! Hugo brilliantly interweaves the stories of numerous characters to make this tragically beautiful book. Although Hugo can go off on rants about, for example, the sewers of Paris, the story is wonderful.

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald –The creatively woven fantasy of a boy who meets the North Wind and learns how to bring joy to the people around him. I fell in love with this story when I heard the radio drama so it was fun to actually read the book. MacDonald does a good job of intertwining fantasy and realism.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen –After watching the movies countless times, I finally got around to reading the book! I really enjoyed the book, and was surprised by some of the differences between the movies and book. I loved Austen’s wit in describing the characters and appreciated her more realistic style (less dramatic than the movies!).

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas –Although I didn’t like this book as much as “Count of Monte Cristo,” I still really enjoyed it! In this book, a young man sets out to become a soldier and meets three of the king’s famous musketeers. The story traces these four men’s adventures together. There was quite a bit of talk about mistresses which I definitely could’ve done without, but otherwise it was a great, action-packed story! One of my favorite things was how the different personalities of the musketeers and the villainous Milady developed throughout the book.

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky –Although I didn’t like this book as much as some of Dostoevsky’s other books, I still enjoyed it! The main character, Myshkin, is considered an “idiot” for his innocence and odd behavior. Returning to Russia after several years, Myshkin makes many new acquaintances, but soon finds himself caught in a love triangle between two women. There wasn’t a lot of action in this book (mainly the characters’ conversations), but it still intrigued me.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins –I absolutely loved reading this book! Collins did a brilliant job of telling this mystery. I loved how he wrote each part of the story from a different character’s perspective. The style of the book was similar to Dickens, but not nearly as dark. I highly recommend this book!

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens –”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” So many people know the beginning of this book, but I didn’t actually know the story until I read this classic tale. I really enjoyed this story, but I didn’t like this book as much as “Great Expectations.” I still loved Dickens’ complex web of characters and style of writing!

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas –Although it took me forever to finish reading this book, I LOVED it!!! Absolutely incredible! In my opinion, it is well worth the time!

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dosotevsky –Although it took me a long time to actually finish reading this book (I didn’t have much reading time this summer!), I really enjoyed it! I love Dostoevsky’s style! And anyone who can make a character’s thirty page speech interesting is a fantastic author. :) This complex tale is about three brothers. The eldest is angry at his father (they’re in love with the same woman, plus the father refuses to give the son his inheritance from his mother) and has threatened to kill him. The middle brother is considered the intellectual one. The “hero” of the story is the youngest brother, Alyosha, who tries to maintain peace in the family. In addition, there is a servant who is also suspected to be the son of the brothers’ father. When the father is murdered, the eldest son is immediately suspected, arrested, and put on trial. I think this book is well worth the time it takes to read!

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee –I had a hard time putting this book down!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald –I loved Fitzgerald’s writing style and was intrigued with this story. This book gives a picture of what life was like in America in the 1920s.

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