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Classic Books You Should Read - List of Classic Books

We all have our favorite types of books. Like fantasy, romance, sci-fi. But we call classics books that contain them all and that we usually call masterpieces. Here in this article, we have listed the masterpiece classic books that we should all read! Maybe you've read most of them.

List of Classic Books

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Written by the English writer George Orwell, this work describes the power struggle on an animal farm. The big Pig on the farm gathers the other animals and calls them to act together against the current government. They persuade the animals. Unfortunately, a more oppressive and ruthless dictatorship has now been established. George Orwell criticizes a historical fact in this novel.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby, which deals with the transformation in the rapidly enriching US society after the First World War, is like a social diary of wealth, extremism, vanity, and the collapse of values that come with it. The novel, which is considered Fitzgerald's masterpiece and adapted to theater and cinema many times, is considered among the brightest examples of 20th century American literature.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice depict the conflict between Elizabeth Bennett, the daughter of a country gentleman, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a wealthy and noble landowner. Also, the book has a movie! We recommend you both watch the movie starring Keira Knightley and read the book.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird chronicles racism and inequality in the South of America through the eyes of a child protagonist, Scout Finch. The novel basically includes the story of our narrator named Scout, his older brother Jem, who is a few years older than him, his close friends Dill, and their father Atticus, who is a lawyer.

5. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Like all of Agatha Christie's novels, this one is great! I don't know about you, but we love Agatha and her books. The book is about detective Hercule Poirot while traveling on the Orient Express from the Middle East, a murder on the train, and the stabbed death of one of the American passengers.

6. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Known as Franz Kafka's longest and best-known story, The Metamorphosis is among the most widely read works all over the world. The book begins with Gregor Samsa turning into an insect one morning. Let's not tell for those who want to read the rest.

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a work that has been subjected to many criticisms at the time it was written. To put it briefly, Dorian Gray is a young man who fascinates people with his beauty. He is beautiful enough to be worshiped in the eyes of the painter Basil. Basil paints a portrait of his, but Dorian is as arrogant as his beauty, and when he sees himself in the painting, he wants the painting to age instead of him.

8. Dune - Frank Herbert

It is said that the author was doing ecological research in a desert in Oregon when the story of the book began to form in his mind. It is set around a desert planet of the Dune universe. To put it briefly, the name of the desert planet is Arrakis or Dune, and it is a planet where the power struggles of monarchic families that rule multiple galactic systems revolve. There is little to no water supply, and worms of gigantic size live deep in the sand.

9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

In the 9th row, we are here with a classic that we can call romantic. Maybe this is a book most bookstagramers read. Its subject is the love of Heathcliff, who came to the house as an adopted son, and Catherine, the daughter of the house. Catherine renounces this love and marries their wealthy neighbor, Edgar Linton.

10. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

We've added another Agatha book to our list, but you can be thankful we didn't make the whole list with Agatha. We think you can finish this cleverly constructed book in one sitting.

Styles St. Strange things have been happening lately at Styles Mansion in the village of Mary. Finally, one day, Evelyn, who is old Miss Inglethorp's right-hand man in the mansion, rushes out of the house muttering, "Poor Emily... They're all just sharks." Evelyn's departure, whose presence provides a guarantee for Miss Inglethorp, completely changes the atmosphere of the mansion. Now, an atmosphere of endless suspicion and frightening evil begins to blow in the big house.

Additional information: Agatha begins writing her first book, after her sister said, "I bet you can't write a good detective story."

11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Orphaned at a young age, Jane Eyre leads a difficult life with her aunt, who never loved her but took care of her according to her husband's will. She has bad days at the strict boarding school she was sent to. She stays in school for ten years and graduates as a teacher. She finds a job as a governess at Edward Rochester's estate. She falls in love with Rochester, the mysterious master of the house.

12. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Who read this world-famous work known to everyone? For those who haven't read it, let's talk briefly about one of Shakespeare's most famous classics, Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are the children of two families that have animosity. But they fall in love with each other.

13. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

In 1940's New York, the bustling social life started with martinis in the bars in the afternoon and ended with champagne breakfasts at Tiffany's. Holly Golightly, one of the interesting figures of this colorful life, was drawing attention to the house parties she gave to her boyfriends in her small apartment. Holly Golightly, a child-woman who lives a seemingly fun but superficial life, is full of mysteries waiting to be solved. Truman Capote's story, which has become a classic, also has a movie.

14. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

In the 19th century, a scientist tells his guests that he has invented the time machine and loses an object in front of the guests. Guests cannot make sense of what happened. They don't believe it if they think it's a magic trick. But the scientist shows them the actual state of the machine and says that he will finish it and try it soon, and the adventure begins.

15. The Shining by Stephen King

The novel begins when a writer named Jack Torrance, who lost his teaching job due to his alcoholism problems and irritable nature, accepts a job as a babysitter at a mountain hotel, with the help of a friend during his efforts to quit alcohol and reorganize his and his family's lives.

16. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

This is Jane Austen's second novel on this list. Written in the Gothic style, the novel tells the story of growing up. It's about Catherine's entrance into society and what happened to her when she entered Northanger Abbey.

17. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a 1967 novel by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. The subject of the work is the inner loneliness of a lineage cursed with a hundred years of loneliness, which will end with their extinction a hundred years later due to close consanguineous marriage, in a river town called Macondo.

18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo is the most important classic novel, together with the novel The Three Musketeers, by the French novelist Alexandre Dumas. The definitive theme of the novel is revenge. Dantes will never give up on this feeling, despite his unmatched wealth, and will take cruel revenge on everyone he betrayed.

19. Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

The story of classical literature's first lesbian vampire. Carmilla is a striking book whose plot, characters, and technique left an important mark on Bram Stoker's Dracula and draw attention to the gothic style that Edgar Allan Poe would later try. A female vampire who manages to impress and trap those around her with her enchanting beauty; Carmilla's story.

20. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

It would be incomplete if we did not include Dostoevsky's book on this list. Notes from Underground consists of two parts. The first section is the Underground section. In this section, the psychological crisis of an unnamed forty-year-old man is told. The Underground Man is a remorseful, not angry man. In the second part of the book, the Underground Man explains why he came to this situation.

A little note about the author: The author wrote his work, Notes from the Underground when he was in financial trouble due to epilepsy and gambling addiction.

21. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations is a full-blown Victorian novel, spanning from the country setting to the big city in 19th century England. In this mature work, Charles Dickens tells the adventures of Pip, who, after a painful childhood in his village, inherited a mysterious legacy. Dickens influenced writers such as Jack London and Richard Llewellyn with this novel and became the pioneer of novelists and novelists who like to describe the gaps between the village and the city in world literature.

22. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

This book of Machiavelli was written for Lorenzo de Medici, from the Medici family who ruled Florence at that time. Although it did not receive the attention it expected during its lifetime, it has never lost its validity until today.

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