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Though I'm a sucker for a good fluff book, just full of action or drama or magic, I do love me a good classic novel. I'm not a connoisseur nor do I consider myself a book snob, but if a book is still read over a hundred years after it was first published, then it's got to be pretty good.

As the term "classics" can span quite a bit of books, I thought I'd at least break it down between older classics and more modern ones. If you're interested in tackling a good read, but not sure if you can handle the more challenging language found in the older ones, take a look at the "Modern Classics" section.


Old Classics (pre-1900's)

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcottt

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly

Washington Square by Henry James

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


Modern Classics (1900-1960's)

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge

The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Pied Piper by Nevil Shute

On the Beach by Nevil Shute

1984 by George Orwell

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

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