George R.R. Martin once said “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one” . Reading books is a hobby that is becoming highly uncultivated in today’s times. Most of us cannot hold on to a book for longer as finishing the book has become one of the strenuous tasks . Something or the other pops up and we leave the book and we never pick it up again.
Do we don’t have time? Or are we just busy in the digital world?
The mis-conception that people would always have about reading that it is tiring and time consuming . But mates, it is all about finding the right genre for yourself. Classics are vastly underrated in today’s times. The most common words used in associated with them are “boring”, “long” and “weird”. However, the best thing about classics is that they transcend time.
You will find that curling up with a classic on a Sunday afternoon can actually turn out to be a quite joyous excursion. Need some suggestions? Well, here you go!
These are the 5 absolute MUST-READ classics of all time.
1. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Remember the times when your school teacher tried to make you read this book but failed every single time? This book is known to be dull, but the reality is far from it. In fact, the enriched vocabulary and unique plot make Moby Dick a pretty awesome read once you start.
The book has earned a place in today’s pop culture because of its extended metaphor of the “white whale” which refers to any dangerous obsession. Because of its powerful writing and unforgettable characters, this book can be really beneficial even in our daily conversation.
At first, you will find the book to be dense and challenging, and after a while, you will end up loving it!
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
If you are someone who just has not had the chance to read this iconic book, then you need to get your hands on it ASAP. Deceptively simple, the novel looks at the horrifying racism and biased justice system which was prevailing in America back then in 1920s. Atticus Finch remains one of the most truthful and famous lawyers in the history of law-fiction novels, not for his advocatory skills but for his passionate defense of a black guy who was unfairly accused of raping a white girl.
Harper Lee’s language is entirely fluid and lucid which is why the feel of the book is very modern. To Kill a Mockingbird remains culturally and socially relevant even today!
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This one is pretty much a no-brainer. There is hardly anyone who has not heard of this famous book, and why not? A whole generation of modern love stories was inspired by the plot and characters of thisbook only. You might be feeling more congenial while reading this novel than you’d think.
You won’t have to make an effort to understand what is going on in the book as the writing is utterly smooth, and clean.. Austen has dealt with her themes of marriage, social class, and personal growth wittily which makes this a perfectly-constructed story.
4. 1984 by George Orwell
This dystopian classic will leave you feeling doozy with its brilliance. This is a rare mixture of political and science fiction which will give you an insight into the world of high-level surveillance, perpetual war, and public manipulation. If you are under the impression that classics cannot keep you at the edge of your seat, then give this one a go!
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
You probably saw the movie when it released. Yes!it was a commercial hit because of its extravagant visuals. Have you ever thought of the reason behind this movie’s box-office success? No! Right? Try reading this brilliant book dealing with the young but mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby and his immortal love for Daisy Buchanan who is the female lead of this novel. The novel showcasesthe common themes of decadence, resistance to change, social upheaval idealism in simple language.
Are you ready to go for classics now?