Thursday, August 20, 2015

Where to Start: Classics

Welcome to the first, of what I hope to be many, Where to Start feature. This feature is going to be my way helping people who have decided to explore new genres/types of books but have no idea where to begin. Trust me, we've all been there. There are so many books out there, it can sometimes be overwhelming. By dividing it up by genre/type of book I hope to make things a little bit more easier for everyone.

Where to Start: Classics

So you've decided you want to read more classics. Now, the term classic tends to be different for everyone, but I personally categorize classics as any book that has remained relevant that was published before 1950. Some do the cut-off at 1945, some at the thirties. It depends. I just personally do it at 1950.
Now, this still gives us a LOT to choose from. My best advice is to start with classics that happen to fall under genres/types of books that you already enjoy.

If you like Romance:
Jane Austen-Your best bet is probably Pride and Prejudice.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

If you like Fantasy:
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
The Oz series by Frank L. Baum

If you like Sci-Fi:
H. G. Wells-I would go with either The Time Machine or War of the Worlds
Brave New World by Alex Huxley
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (there's going to be a movie this fall so good idea to do this one first!)

If you like Mystery:
Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
Hercule Poirot series or the Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie
Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers

If you like Middle-Grade/YA:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Huckleberry Finn/Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

If you like Childrens:
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The Secret Garden or A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Again, this is by no means a comprehensive list. This is just to give people a starting off point. Next week: where to start with Modern Classics

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