15 Classics to Read Again

Movie adaptations are great and all, but nothing beats reading the book! Add these classic novels to your list and get the full deets straight from the source.
by Melanie Santiago   |  Aug 3, 2014
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  1. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare's most dangerous love story ever told. You'll find this classic piece with beautiful, poetic words exchanged between two star-crossed lovers whose unfortunate deaths move their feuding families to unite.

  2. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    "Now here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."

  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Set in the musical flamboyance of the Jazz era, where money, power and parties reign, a sad but beautiful love story rises amongst the noise and the mysterious Mr. Gatsby is revealed.

  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    With so many adaptations of the story today, follow Alice in this classic novel and go on a literary adventure with the white rabbit.

  5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Dubbed as one of the greatest detectives, Sherlock Holmes shows you the power of insight and deduction with this complete series of hard to crack cases with a dash of danger.

  6. The Iliad by Homer
    A great introduction to Greek mythology, the Iliad features the epic story of the Trojan War and the face that launched a thousand ships! 

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  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    What secrets lie in this book? A young Mary Lennox finds herself at Misselthwaite Manor where she discovers a beautiful garden, and an unexpected friend.  

  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Living in a world without pain, fear or worries sounds very peaceful but imagine a world without choices? This novel asks the important question, what is real freedom?

  9. Little Women by Louisa Alcott
    Follow the story of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and their individual strengths to keep their family together despite their missing father.

  10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Find out who is proud and who is prejudiced in this witty novel that features the courtship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet set in eighteenth century London. 

  11. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    If you want a more riveting tale, this piece will take you on a royal ride with Gascon and his three friends who try to defend the honor of the regiment and the queen from the plots of the Cardinal and his deadly but alluring spy, Milady.

  12. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
    What was the story behind Pompeii and its tragic tale? Don't rely on the film if you want full details on this historic tale and understand what went on their lives before it ended.

  13. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    Sisters Marianne and Elinor struggle to fall in love with the right man, they realize they must combine sense and sensibility if they are to find their own happiness in a society ruled by money and status.

  14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Dubbed ahead of its time, this novel portrays a passionate woman who searches for a bigger life outside Victorian society and its traditions.

  15. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    This gothic thriller features a scientist obsessed with the generation of life. Through his madness, he assembles a human that he has successfully brought to life, but is set on an evil and murderous path.

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