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7 Classics That Are Fun AND Easy to Read

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The number one complains I hear from people trying to read (modern) classics is: ”They’re so boring, dense and hard to get through!” And while there are definitely classics like these they don’t have to be this way! I recently looked at my Goodreads list and noticed that I’ve read quite a bit of classics, especially the ‘easy-to-read’ ones. What can I say, I just like those the best. Here’s a little rundown of my favorite classics that are fun and easy to read!

Catcher in the rye_easy fun classicsThe Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger
A book that is hated by those who were forced to read it in school, and loved by people who read it for pleasure. Holden Caulfield is hated by teenagers, but most adults can sympathise with him. He goes through a lot, and his thoughts and opinions are a reflection of that. If you’re among the people that read this years ago and hated it, I recommend giving it another try.


1984 by George OrwellSchermafbeelding 2018-02-08 om 13.04.58

A dystopian novel as a dystopian novel should be. I don’t think I can say anything about this book that hasn’t been said yet. The power of 1984 is found in its descriptions of a totalitarian society, historical revisionism, suppressing individualism and limiting language so one can limit what people are able to think. The book made me think about our perception of memory, and if telling people what they should remember really does change their memory.

Schermafbeelding 2018-02-08 om 13.06.33The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Although pretty much every major character in The Picture of Dorian Gray is unlikeable, it is a pleasure to read about them. Every major character is a reflection of either Oscar himself or how the world viewed him, which is super interesting! The prose is beautiful and the dialogue very clever. It’s quite eerie and confronting to watch the inevitable demise of Dorian Gray, and I thought it was very well-done. The entire story is good, but I promise the ending will leave you speechless.

Animal Farm by George OrwellSchermafbeelding 2018-02-08 om 13.05.10.png
Animal Farm is a well-written and witty critique of how socialist ideals are corrupted by powerful people, how the uneducated masses (represented by Boxer in the novel, among others) are taken advantage of and how communist leaders often turn into the thing that they – supposedly – despise the most. This short book is an amazing way to teach a valuable life lesson.

huckleberry finnThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A book where the journey is definitely more important than the destination. Huckleberry Finn is a very important book – Hemingway was of the opinion that all great modern American literature came from it – but it’s also a fun and interesting read. Huck Finn has a distinct, nearly illiterate yet crudely poetic voice. The dialects in this book are a very important part of the story, and it shows the differences in social classes more than anything.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgeraldgreat gatsby
In high school I just didn’t get The Great Gatsby. It was just an electric, weird novel about a creepy guy named Gatsby and people that had way too much money. However, I decided to reread it and I’ve come to appreciate the love story between Daisy and Gatsby and the intricacies that are woven through the book. There is also a ton of symbolism, which I’m personally a big fan of – I’m actually planning to reread this!

Schermafbeelding 2018-02-08 om 13.09.31.pngGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations is a bildungsroman by Charles Dickens which was published between 1860 and 1861, and it deals with timely themes such as wealth and poverty, love and rejection and the differences between a rural environment and the London metropolis. In the book, we follow the psychological and moral development of the young orphaned boy Pip to his maturity. A beautiful book that depicts the hopes, dreams and their metamorphosis through the hardships of adulthood.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “7 Classics That Are Fun AND Easy to Read

  1. I’ve heard of all of these books but only read some of them. I REALLY liked “Catcher in the Rye.” I read it in 10th grade, and I identified so much with Holden. He doesn’t actually do much in the book but run away from school. Everything that happens kind of happens to him, like getting beat up by the pimp (if I’m remembering that clearly, I haven’t read it since 10th grade). But I could relate to that. Getting to know so many dynamic people but never really showing much of myself to others. And also going around calling people fake when I was probably the least real person out there. I could relate to that! hahaha

    I hated “The Great Gatsby.” It wasn’t the money and lavish parties that did it for me like it seemed to for you when you first read it. It was the fact that no one in the story actually changes except the narrator. Gatsby’s made out to be this idol that we should look up to, but he never changes. He never gets over Daisy even though both of them are toxic to each other. I know that’s the point of the book that they’re unhappy apart but not so great together and that no one changes except the narrator, but still! It made me so frustrated!!! lol

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  2. I loved this post! I absolutely love The Great Gatsby. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and it was one of the first classics I read. I still have to pick up The Picture of Dorian Gray, but because I’ve heard nothing but positive things I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually 😄

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  3. I read The Catcher In the Rye for pleasure when I was younger and I was shocked at all the hate towards it when I joined the book community because I loved it. And Charles Dickens too

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  4. I love the idea behind this post! Classics are some of my favourites. I quite like that long ‘difficult’ style of writing that most people hate. Some great choices here. I love Catcher in the Rye and Gatsby (lost count of the number of times I’ve read that one). I struggled to get into Dorian Gray though x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  5. The Catcher in the Rye was the book that made me fall in love with reading, I must of been about fourteen at the time, but I knew there was no going back.

    Eleven years later and reading officially takes over my life. I’m currently reading all my half read books on my bookshelf! – I have been wanting to read more of the classics for ages now. I may make this my next goal one my first is complete (:

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It’s my goal to read more classics this year too! There are still soooo many on my shelves! I buy books faster then I read them.. I love that you said that reading is taking over your life.. I can definitely relate (:

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  6. I’ve been trying to get my hands on 1984 but it’s always out in all the libraries near me! Animal farm is such a great book, and reading it out of school again made it a more enjoyable read.
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

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