I am the kind of reader who really enjoys classics, but if you are unsure where to start, then here is a list of classic novels that I have enjoyed reading.
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – One of his earlier novels, Oliver Twist is a story about the adventures of an orphan called Oliver. This novel criticizes the Poor Law, which at the time forced the idle into workhouses. The book also describes the criminal underworld which existed in London at the time, as Oliver became associated with a gang of pickpockets led by Fagin.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – A novel that explores the consequences of man playing god by creating life. A Gothic story that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and his ruin caused by the monster he created.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker – A Gothic vampire novel, which is formed by a collection of journal entries, letters and newspaper articles. The unusual structure of the novel helps create a tense and horrific vampire story that has inspired future writers and film makers.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – A classic dystopian novel which imagines a world where liberty does not exist, but nobody cares because people are preconditioned to consume and be happy. Brave New World tells a dark story of a person trying to cope with living in a world where humans are treated like slaves and are denied basic human attributes like love, empathy and suffering.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – A great fantasy read which is nearly 80 years old. The Hobbit is a story about a Hobbit called Bilbo and his adventures with a company of dwarves who seek to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and their treasure from the dragon called Smaug.
This small list is a guide to possible novels that are worth reading if you want to read more novels that are considered classics, happy reading.