Let’s read classics!

If you’re on a hunt for the best must-read classic novels, then read on! 

Because ‘to read more classic’ has been an infamous bookish resolution last Tuesday, here is a short list of recommendations I got from some awesome book lovers!

I am more than happy to receive all the encouraging comments for my new year’s resolution post last Tuesday! What’s best is that I now have a handful of must-read classics to choose from for this year!

And I am sharing it with you! ❤

From Belinda of Changing my World with Words

“Pride and Prejudice” is a always a good one, but if the 20th century is okay with you, try “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Rebecca.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


From Mandi of Mandibelle Thoughts Expressions and Articles

“Emma is great by Jane Austen, The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne, Alice in Wonderland and Alive Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H. Lawrence, or Son’s and Lovers by the same. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald.”

Emma by Jane Austen


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H. Lawrence

The Virgin and the Gipsy

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

From Irene of Toodles Irene!

“So far the only classic I’ve really enjoyed has been Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck.”

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

From Wendleberry of Marvel at Words

Some off the cuff recommendations:

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

From Alyssa of Book Club Babe

My fav classics are either romances (Wuthering Heights, Age of Innocence) or dystopia (1984, Brave New World).

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence

1984 by George Orwell


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

From Christopher of CLCouch123

“If you’re interested in a kind of classic, I might be able to advise. I happened to buy two new novels while I was away. They are The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell–sort of a Vatican conspiracy-thriller–and The Well by Catherine Chanter, which looks freakish and I trust will be freakishly good.”

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Fifth Gospel: A Novel

From Lynn of Books and Travelling with Lynn

Lots of great classics out there – I second Wendleberry’s above – particularly Howl’s Moving Castle.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Photo credit: Favim and Goodreads

Have you picked your classic now?

Please tell me!

If you have more recommendations, please share! 😀


Thank you BelindaMandiIreneWendleberry, AlyssaChristopher, and Lynn for sharing to me your classic insights!


77 thoughts on “Let’s read classics!”

  1. Thank you for the mention Rosema. I need one from the 1900’s for my list. I’m going to have to research it more some of these go farther back. Great post.

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      1. Well, if you love classic then it’s really awesome and what more then written by Emily Bronte sister?
        Charlotte Bronte wrote some other novels too but this novel gave her fame and name.

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  2. Great list! I have read several of these books. My own favorites: Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. 😉

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  3. I know Pride and Prejudice doesn’t quite catch your interest but can you give Lizzy and Darcy another chance? 😀 I’ve read Emma, too, and I couldn’t help but notice Jane Austen’s satirical eyes towards the society. It’s quite interesting. Hmm… The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell sounds fascinating, I might look this up in the bookstores. Thanks for sharing the list, Rosema. 😀

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    1. Haha! Because you said so, I might give Lizzy and Darcy a chance. Okay? 😀

      Satirical’s interesting so I will surely try an Austen novel, yeah Pride and PRejudice. 😀

      Thank you for the recommendation, Maria! 😀

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  4. You should definitely add Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Anne Frank’s Diary to your awesome list! Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics but I also loved Austen’s Persuasion. 🙂
    And if you start loving classics by the end you must give Gone With the Wind a try! 😀

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  5. I haven’t read half of them! Thanks for the list. Must develop some class before I start getting invited to those Page 3 parties, or I’d be booted out the moment I opened my mouth. On a serious note, book-marking your post for future reference. Thanks so much.

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  6. Okay, so you like mysteries, crime and whodunnits? I have more recs!

    I now doubly recommend We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Howl’s Moving Castle, as they both have a crime/mystery element.

    New recs:

    The Man Who Was Thursday by G K Chesterton
    The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
    The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo
    Any and all Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Any and all Poirot by Agatha Christie

    I hope you manage to find some classics you enjoy!


    1. Oh my! And then There Were None and I must say she really creeps me out!

      Thank you so much, Wendleberry! I do appreciate your recommendations! 🙂 I know they are all great!


  7. The Great Gatsby – one of my favs. I remember getting it as a school assignment. I put it off until 2 days before I needed to have it read. I was going to get the cliff notes (not sure if they’re around anymore) but I started reading the book and couldn’t put it down. Love it. I know my son will read it this year. I hope he enjoys it as much as I did.

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  8. Nice post, and such a great list! I’d second anything by Jane Austen, Rebecca, anything by Steinbeck, Shirley Jackson (We Have Always Lived in the Castle is creepy and amazing) — so many good ones! I’d also recommend A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, which is an absolute favorite of mine (although I really do need to take some time for other Dickens books). Have fun!

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  9. The Fifth Gospel is on my wishlist. Howls moving castle is a good book; my sister loved the movie. I have watched it so many times with her that I had to read the book it was based on (at her request of course). You’ll love it! Let me know about the Fifth Gospel! I want to read that one.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂 I’ve read some classics and there are some I couldn’t finish. I have War and Peace on my phone because my fav author recommended it. It’s a 60 hour audio book. Maybe this year I’ll get to it 🙂

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