Hello, everyone! Now, I’m not the biggest person to ‘classic-read’ as I like to call it. Old English is fun for me just as long as it’s in High Fantasy. BUT, there are a few classic tales that did steal my heart, even if I read them ONLY because of school. (Guilty-not-guilty)
So, since my school’s starting, I thought- what’s better than listing my top-5 classical reads! (I swear I’ve read more than five!)
1.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Published: May 23rd 2006 (First published in 1960)
Summary: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
Buy it HERE.
2.) Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Title: Black Beauty
Author: Anna Sewell
Published: March 1st 2003 (First published in 1877)
Summary: A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next.
Although Anna Sewell’s classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.
Black Beauty tells the story of the horse’s own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse.
Throughout, Sewell rails – in a gentle, 19th-century way – against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty’s fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all.
Buy it HERE.
3.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Published: October 10th 2000 (First published on January 28th 1813)
Pages: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.
Buy it HERE.
4.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published: 2004 (first published April 10th 1925)
Summary: THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
Buy it HERE.
5.) Mary Poppins Series by P.L. Travers
Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P.L. Travers
Published: June 1st 2006 (first published 1934)
Summary: By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the upcoming movieSaving Mr. Banks. From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.
It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this! And as I mentioned before, it’s back-to-school time for me, so I will be posting a bit less frequently! But I will try to publish at least 4 posts each month! Fingers crossed, and wish me luck! See you next time!
♥Keep a Readin’