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Reviews and features on classic books, timeless books, and books that never go out of style...

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Do you want to read more classics but don’t have a lot of time? Or are you worried classic novels are long and intimidating? All the books on this list are classics that come in under 200 pages and will help you reach your reading goals in no time!

20 Short Classics You Can Read Quickly

Do you want to read more classics but don’t have a lot of time? Or are you worried classic novels are long and intimidating? All the books on this list are classics that come in under 200 pages and will help you reach your reading goals in no time!

This is the ultimate list of classic French novels to read if you love France. If you're a Francophile, you'll want to pick up these French books. There's more to French literature than Les Miserables and this book list is a great place to start! #whatshotblog #booklovers #bookblogger #bookblog #bookrecommendations #booklist

15 Classic French Books to Read

This is the ultimate list of classic French novels to read if you love France. If you're a Francophile, you'll want to pick up these French books. There's more to French literature than Les Miserables and this book list is a great place to start! #whatshotblog #booklovers #bookblogger #bookblog #bookrecommendations #booklist

Clarissa is an epistolary novel, but Richardson said that he intended it for it to be read as an instructional text, not merely as entertainment. It all starts with the Harlowes, a family of new money who are completely obsessed with improving their social standing... #ClassicBooks #BookReview #Literature #Books #Reading #BestBooks #BigBooks #BooksToRead #ReadingChallenge

Book Review: Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (Classic Books, English Literature)

Clarissa is an epistolary novel, but Richardson said that he intended it for it to be read as an instructional text, not merely as entertainment. It all starts with the Harlowes, a family of new money who are completely obsessed with improving their social standing... #ClassicBooks #BookReview #Literature #Books #Reading #BestBooks #BigBooks #BooksToRead #ReadingChallenge

The themes of The Scarlet Letter are pretty common and timeless; it’s not hard to see why it’s been adapted for the stage and screen a few million times. It’s a good one to talk about at parties, but the way in which it’s written isn’t all that engaging. I probably won’t read it again, but you should give it a go if you’re into an old-timey Gilmore Girls.

Book Review: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The themes of The Scarlet Letter are pretty common and timeless; it’s not hard to see why it’s been adapted for the stage and screen a few million times. It’s a good one to talk about at parties, but the way in which it’s written isn’t all that engaging. I probably won’t read it again, but you should give it a go if you’re into an old-timey Gilmore Girls.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude covers seven generations in the life of the Buendía family (don’t worry, there’s a helpful family tree in the front of most editions if you lose track of who’s who along the way). It has a cracker of an opening line – the famous one about Colonel Buendía facing the firing squad – that echoes throughout the story, like a drawn-out version of a life flashing before your eyes...

Book Review: One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years Of Solitude covers seven generations in the life of the Buendía family (don’t worry, there’s a helpful family tree in the front of most editions if you lose track of who’s who along the way). It has a cracker of an opening line – the famous one about Colonel Buendía facing the firing squad – that echoes throughout the story, like a drawn-out version of a life flashing before your eyes...

Some of the most engaging and rewarding books are classics, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by how well-known and well-loved they are. So many people have strong and conflicting opinions on which classics to read and what you should think about them, that it can feel like a minefield. Here are 8 of the best and most accessible classics to start out with: Best classics | acccessible classics | classics for beginners

8 Classics for Beginners in the Genre

Some of the most engaging and rewarding books are classics, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by how well-known and well-loved they are. So many people have strong and conflicting opinions on which classics to read and what you should think about them, that it can feel like a minefield. Here are 8 of the best and most accessible classics to start out with: Best classics | acccessible classics | classics for beginners

What makes a great opening line? Every writer knows that the opening line is crucial; often, more work goes into that one sentence than any other. Stephen King has described the opening line as an invitation to continue reading, which seems about right...

First Thing's First: 9 Great Opening Lines in Literature — Keeping Up With The Penguins

What makes a great opening line? Every writer knows that the opening line is crucial; often, more work goes into that one sentence than any other. Stephen King has described the opening line as an invitation to continue reading, which seems about right...

Sybil was first published in 1845, the same year as Friedrich Engels’ The Condition Of The Working Class In England. Both books sought to draw attention to the plight of the poor, just in different ways. Disraeli wasn’t shy about shamelessly ripping off the ideas and research of others... #BookReview #Literature #EnglishLit #ClassicBooks

Book Review: Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli (English Literature)

Sybil was first published in 1845, the same year as Friedrich Engels’ The Condition Of The Working Class In England. Both books sought to draw attention to the plight of the poor, just in different ways. Disraeli wasn’t shy about shamelessly ripping off the ideas and research of others... #BookReview #Literature #EnglishLit #ClassicBooks

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn was published eight years after The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, and represents – in my mind, anyway – a huge leap forward in terms of Twain’s craft. It was the first major American novel to be written entirely in vernacular English... #ClassicBooks #BookReviews #AmReading

Book Review: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (American Literature, Classic Books)

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn was published eight years after The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, and represents – in my mind, anyway – a huge leap forward in terms of Twain’s craft. It was the first major American novel to be written entirely in vernacular English... #ClassicBooks #BookReviews #AmReading

"Whom we fear more than love, we are not far from hating." - Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (book quote) #BookQuotes #ClassicBooks #LoveQuotes #LifeQuotes #NoFear #Love #Books #Reading #Literature

Book Quote: Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (Classic Books, English Literature)

"Whom we fear more than love, we are not far from hating." - Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (book quote) #BookQuotes #ClassicBooks #LoveQuotes #LifeQuotes #NoFear #Love #Books #Reading #Literature

I should say at the outset that I’m generally opposed to enforced reading. Still, if we’re going to insist on required reading, here are five books that I think you should read in high-school (or should have read in high school, if you’re of a certain age)… #Booklovers #Books #Goodreads #Reading #BookList #ReadingList #MustRead #GreatBooks

5 Books You Should Have Read In High School: Reading List For Book Lovers

I should say at the outset that I’m generally opposed to enforced reading. Still, if we’re going to insist on required reading, here are five books that I think you should read in high-school (or should have read in high school, if you’re of a certain age)… #Booklovers #Books #Goodreads #Reading #BookList #ReadingList #MustRead #GreatBooks

Classic books have a reputation for being long, dense, and difficult to understand. If you were forced to read a few in high school, that was probably enough to put you off them for life. The trick is to find a few that will ease you in. That’s why I’ve put together this list of classic books for people who don’t read classic books... #ClassicBooks #BookList #ReadingList #BooksToRead #TBR #Books #Reading #MustRead #BestBooks #Booklovers

7 Classic Books For People Who Don't Read The Classics - Reading Challenge

Classic books have a reputation for being long, dense, and difficult to understand. If you were forced to read a few in high school, that was probably enough to put you off them for life. The trick is to find a few that will ease you in. That’s why I’ve put together this list of classic books for people who don’t read classic books... #ClassicBooks #BookList #ReadingList #BooksToRead #TBR #Books #Reading #MustRead #BestBooks #Booklovers

Have you ever found yourself zoning out, nodding along blankly, as the person you’re with chats away about their favourite classic book? Here's your guide to read more classic books so you can keep up...

How To Read More Classic Books - Keeping Up With The Penguins Book Blog

Have you ever found yourself zoning out, nodding along blankly, as the person you’re with chats away about their favourite classic book? Here's your guide to read more classic books so you can keep up...

This is a Let's Talk Books discussion on classic and contemporary novels!

Why I Prefer Classics Over Contemporaries

This is a Let's Talk Books discussion on classic and contemporary novels!

Some of the most engaging and rewarding books are classics, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by how well-known and well-loved they are. So many people have strong and conflicting opinions on which classics to read and what you should think about them, that it can feel like a minefield. Here are 8 of the best and most accessible classics to start out with: Best classics | acccessible classics | classics for beginners

8 Classics for Beginners in the Genre

Some of the most engaging and rewarding books are classics, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by how well-known and well-loved they are. So many people have strong and conflicting opinions on which classics to read and what you should think about them, that it can feel like a minefield. Here are 8 of the best and most accessible classics to start out with: Best classics | acccessible classics | classics for beginners

I’d always thought Rudyard Kipling was a poet, but here we are. You’re never too old to learn! He was born in Bombay in 1865, and worked as a journalist in Lahore, until he began writing stories and poems about India. He wound up winning a Nobel Prize for his literature, so it would seem he was pretty good... #BookReviews #BigBooks #India #Reading

Book Review: Kim by Rudyard Kipling (Classic Books, Adventure Stories, Fiction)

I’d always thought Rudyard Kipling was a poet, but here we are. You’re never too old to learn! He was born in Bombay in 1865, and worked as a journalist in Lahore, until he began writing stories and poems about India. He wound up winning a Nobel Prize for his literature, so it would seem he was pretty good... #BookReviews #BigBooks #India #Reading