Classic novels to start with?

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Hello, I have sort of lost my love for reading and really need a good book to bring me back into reading. I want to start reading some of the classics like Pride And Prejudice, any suggestions? Also if anyone has any other book recommendations, feel free to let me know!
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Germinal - Emile Zola
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I was going to suggest Pride And Prejudice. 🙂
I also like Persuasion.

If you can cope with the length of it - Anna Karenina.

To Kill A Mockingbird.
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Great Expectations.
Little Women.
Lord Of The Flies.

I liked 1984.
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Rebecca.
Far From The Madding Crowd.
Brideshead Revisited.

I do love Pride and Prejudice.
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Crime and Punishment
A Tale of Two Cities (since it's on the shorter side for Dickens)
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Some great suggestions already on here!

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte.
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins.
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell.
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell.
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.
Beau Geste - PC Wren.
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell.
A Passage to India - EM Forster.
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Anything by Laurie Lee.
Anything by Thomas Hardy.
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Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, 1984, Picture of Dorian Gray, Emma, Rebecca.
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(Original post by Surnia)
Some great suggestions already on here!

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte.
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins.
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell.
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell.
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.
Beau Geste - PC Wren.
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell.
A Passage to India - EM Forster.
I love Gone With The Wind (fabulously long).
Also like Jane Eyre and Woman in White.
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(Original post by McGinger)
Anything by Laurie Lee.
Anything by Thomas Hardy.
What is your favourite Thomas Hardy (if you have one)?
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(Original post by summerbirdreads)
Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, 1984, Picture of Dorian Gray, Emma, Rebecca.
Austen - my favourite is Pride and Prejudice, followed by Persuasion and Emma.
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Austen - my favourite is Pride and Prejudice, followed by Persuasion and Emma.
Yes Pride and Prejudice is the best! but OP already mentioned it.
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(Original post by summerbirdreads)
Yes Pride and Prejudice is the best! but OP already mentioned it.
I know. I like it so much I keep going on about it!

Have you read Persuasion?
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I know. I like it so much I keep going on about it!

Have you read Persuasion?
Not yet but it's in my TBR list!

Have you read anything by Wilde?
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(Original post by angelboo2323)
Hello, I have sort of lost my love for reading and really need a good book to bring me back into reading. I want to start reading some of the classics like Pride And Prejudice, any suggestions? Also if anyone has any other book recommendations, feel free to let me know!
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
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(Original post by Wired_1800)
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
I have not read The Godfather.
So you obviously recommend it?
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This reading list from the Princeton Comparative Literature department might be a good starting point, and is relatively "global" in it's selection:
https://complit.princeton.edu/underg...selection-list

Note that you can read translations of most ancient Greek or Latin texts for free on Perseus (although they're usually public domain ones that are quite old so they may be a little archaic in phrasing at times).
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(Original post by Wired_1800)
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
Oh, is that a classic?
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(Original post by summerbirdreads)
Not yet but it's in my TBR list!

Have you read anything by Wilde?
I read The Picture Of Dorian Gray many years ago.
Haven't read any more
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