Thursday, August 27, 2015

Where to Start: Modern Classics

This week, I'm doing Modern Classics. For the sake of this post, I'm counting modern classics as any still relevant book published between 1950 to 1990. Again, this still gives everyone lots of overwhelming options to choose from. My advice from the where to start with classics still stands: start with books that happen to fall under genres you already like/are familiar with.

General Choices:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
East of Eden by John Steinback
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

If you like Romance:
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (or any of her other numerous books)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (also counts as fantasy, but I say it's perfect for romance fans)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

If you like Sci-Fi:
Fahrenheit 451 or the Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
A Wrinkle in Time (and sequels) by Madeline L'Engle
Dune series by Frank Herbert
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams

If you like Fantasy:
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Earthsea Cycle series (and others) by Ursula Le Guin
Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
Discworld 1: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

If you like Mystery:
Kay Scarpetta 1: Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy

If you like Action/Adventure/Thrillers:
James Bond Book 1: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre
Jake Brigance series 1: A Time to Kill by John Grisham

If you like YA:
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

If you like Childrens:
Charlotte's Web (and others) by E. B. White
James and the Giant Peach (and others) by Roald Dahl
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary

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