5 Classic Novels You Need To Read

Classics aren't for everyone. Personally, I love them. There was even a time when I would only read classics. Thank goodness I eventually branched out.

Below are some of my favourite classic novels and ones I highly, highly recommend. Even if you're not a big classics fan, maybe give them a go! You could be pleasantly surprised.

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell /

This book. Guys. This book. I'd recommend it especially if you're not a big classics fan, because honestly, it doesn't read much like a classic. It's fast-paced, utterly compelling, and will leave you smiling with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside of you. The goings-on in this little English town will hook you from start to finish. It's amazing. The TV series is also excellent, if you wanna give that a watch.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy /

Don't let the sheer volume of this book intimidate you! It's an epic for a reason. It's so incredibly profound, and the characters are rich and enticing. Some parts are boring (the many many descriptions of the war are - *yawn* - too much) but the characters' interactions and relationships are where this novel truly shines. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde /

I cried a lot reading this story. It's gorgeously, sinisterly romantic, and Wilde's writing is excellent. The tragedy will break your heart - it's so bittersweet and creepy and horribly hopeless - but wow; what an incredible, impactful tale.

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole /

This book is Gothic romance at its very best! The atmosphere will consume you, the characters will bewitch you, and the setting will lure and trap you. I love how fast the story moves and how twisted the relationships are. It's also a short book, so you can probably finish it in a day.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen /

I used to hate Austen's novels, but this book turned me around. I'd adored the Kate Winslet movie version (IT'S ONE OF THE BEST AUSTEN ADAPTIONS EVER, SO GO WATCH IT) and that's why I decided to give the book a chance.
I ended up loving it. The story and characters are so rich and their relationships are irresistible. Everyone sings the praises of Pride and Prejudice, but for me, Sense and Sensibility is the best Austen work.

Have you read any of these classics? What did you think of them? 

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