#1 Pride and Prejudice. An Austen classic.
A good old portion of classic English literature may be the something you never knew you needed. So sit down (with a cuppa, of course) and start reading…
Now I know what some of you might be thinking… boring, old English literature. Let me stop you right there. You needn’t be disheartened by the outdated themes of social class and gender conformity of Austen’s society. Jane Austen’s style is refreshing and not as arduous as you may think. I’d go so far as to label it a romantic comedy. This novel encapsulates the social movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, through the perspective of a female writer. The protagonist of the novel, witty Elizabeth Bennet, portrays a strong-minded female and her honest perception of what love is. Her independent spirit and sense of justice paints an inspiration to many women today, as it did to me when I first read the novel.
Such preconceived notions of this world-famous novel may have also prevented you from giving any other classics a try. Let this be the first.
➵ Let me know what your favourite classics are (if you even read them), and if you have ever read this one.
#2 Lord of the Rings. J.R.R Tolkien trilogy.
Everyone had heard of the Lord of the Rings- right? If you haven’t then I don’t know what to say other than continue reading…
Phrases and places within the book are entrenched in today’s society. Perhaps tainted by the label of ‘nerdy’, this trilogy can, likewise to Pride and Prejudice, be perceived as boring. Yet, with the mystical creatures of dwarves and elves setting up a storyline of myth, magic and legend, Tolkien’s writing is truly captivating. The Lord of the Rings is one of those novels that removes you from your reality and places you into an entirely new one. Yes, it is a hefty book (you’re looking at over 1000 pages), but why should that stop you from giving it go? 1000 pages is plenty of reading time to stop you from binge watching a new Netflix series. Although, on that subject, let me know if you have any good Netflix recommendations!
I can’t praise this novel enough. Whatever words I could use to do so wouldn’t be enough to do credit the world Tolkien has created within this immersive trilogy.
➳ So, yeah I’m a bit of a nerd. I could ramble on about this some more, but it would get really boring. Moving on…
#3 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Utter classic. Yes, it’s a children’s book and yes, it’s one of my favourites of all time. A story of complete nonsense. How can you not love it?
Carroll depicts a unique world through wondrous narrative, down the rabbit hole and beyond. It is confusing to say the least, but I suppose Carroll intended it to be so. Yet, Alice’s adventures are too magical to not read about. As a reader, I am drawn into this fantasy world. So… what makes it so great? To put it simply, the overly eccentric characters are unforgettable, as are the situations Alice encounters. From the talking caterpillar to the mad as a hat hatter, this book is completely captivating as nonsensical, yet great, literature can be. To make it even better, it’s been re-created into a live action film adaptation starring Johnny Depp, need I say more?
If you haven’t already, pick up this book for a tale that will leave you confused, yet intrigued. It just gets curiouser and curiouser.