Everyone in the world has a favorite book. These favorites can range from Dr. Suess to The Great Gatsby, but we can all agree that some are classics.
Whether that means they are instant favorites or books that have gotten better over time, they are widely appreciated by many across the globe. These books are taught in school and handed down through generations, and their impact is long lasting and well known.
Here are some books we think are classics you should be reading:
Summary: Written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in 1920s America, follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.
What is it famous for?: The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, all while creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
An interesting fact to know: Many considered this book worse than his first three novels, and the novel was only popular after Fitzgerald’s death.
Summary: A fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by in 1950. It is the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures that one White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter. In Narnia, the siblings seem fit to fulfill an old prophecy and so are soon adventuring both to save Narnia and their lives.
What is it famous for?: The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and is the author’s best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages
An interesting fact to know: It took 10 years to write, Lewis started in 1939 and finished in 1949 and the novel was finally published in 1950.
3. Oliver Twist
Summary: The novel follows the journey of Oliver Twist, an orphan since birth, spends much of his childhood at a “child farm” (orphanage) with too many children and too little food.
What is it famous for?: Oliver Twist is one of the most famous novels Charles Dickens ever wrote (out of at least 19). It’s a classic rags-to-riches story about an orphan who has to find his way through a city full of criminals and avoid being corrupted.
An interesting fact to know: The novel was originally published in monthly installments in the magazine Bentley’s Miscellany, from February 1837 to April 1839. It was originally intended to form part of Dickens’s serial, The Mudfog Papers.
Summary: Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island, they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. The guests begin to share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts and…one by one, they die.
What is it famous for?: It is Christie’s best-selling novel, with more than 100 million copies sold; it is also the world’s best-selling mystery and one of the best-selling books of all time. Publications International lists the novel as the sixth best-selling title.
An interesting fact to know: In 2015 And Then There Were None was voted the World’s Favorite Christie in a global vote which saw fans from over 100 countries vote.
5. The Hobbit
Summary: The Hobbit is set within Tolkien’s fictional universe and follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into a more sinister territory.
What is it famous for?: One of the characteristics of a classic is that the novel must somehow enhance the domain of literature; the book is so original and creative that it changes literature forever. Tolkien’s The Hobbit instigated a completely new genre – fantasy.
An Interesting fact to know: The Book Was an Immediate Success. Released on September 21, 1937, with a print run of 1,500 copies, the book was already sold out by December. While the first printing was in black and white, the popularity of the title made the publisher feel comfortable releasing future copies with color illustrations.
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