Best Classics For All Readers

Have you ever wanted to pick up a classical novel and read it from start to finish without getting confused, bewildered and/or frustrated? Do you ever want to look smart, flicking through the pages of a famous feminist’s 19th-century novella? Maybe you want to learn something new about ancient cultures and outdated customs? Well, you’re in luck!

Here are the best classics for all readers, comprising of twenty-five novels for five different reading levels!

Novice: “I’ve never even looked at a classic before”
  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  4. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  5. Animal Farm – George Orwell

Beginner: “I remember doing one in school and it was alright” 
  1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  2. Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
  3. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  4. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  5. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Competent: “I’ve read a few before and like the challenge”
  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  3. The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
  4. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  5. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Proficient: “I’m a seasoned vetern when it comes to classics” 
  1. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  3. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  4. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  5. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

Expert: “I hate life and want a book to represent that”
  1. Ulysses – James Joyce
  2. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  3. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  4. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  5. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Here’s the best step-by-step guide on how to read classical novels!

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