I love me some good ol’ classics, but I noticed a lot of people are intimidated by them. This post is for you guys who want to start reading classics, but don’t know where to start! I’m no pro in reading classics, but they are some of my favourite, so here are some of my tips and tricks into reading them.
Judge a book by it’s cover
I don’t mean literally, but if a book is pretty, I’m much more likely to buy and read it. I prefer books that are either hardcover, or a floppy paperback as that reads the most comfortable for me. I really like the Oxford World Classics for this, they are nice and floppy, look really nice, and have some extra info about the writer and some help with words if the language is too difficult for you (there’s no shame in that kids!! I really needed the extra help while reading Shakespeare!).
Some aesthetically pleasing recommendations:
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (and my personal favourite book!) review.
Read for pleasure, not because others told you to
This seems so logical, but for some reason, not a lot of people follow this advice! It doesn’t matter how many people tell you to read Sherlock Holmes, if you don’t like detective stories, you won’t like them. So, why would you read it just because other people tell you to? You will instantly dislike classics if you just read because you have to! See what you usually read, if your usual book of choice is romance, try a romantic classic. If you prefer children’s books, look for those! It sounds so stupidly logical, but a lot of people are peer pressured into reading classics, and make it enjoyable for yourself.
Some fun recommendations:
the Silent Pool by Patrica Wentworth review
Penguin’s Little Black Classics
Ok, so, you figured out what you want to read, but what if the books this writer wrote are huge and your afraid that you might not like this authors writing style? Penguin came with the perfect answer to this problem: their Little Black Classics. These little books are about 60 pages long and (as the name suggests) really tiny, perfect to try out an authors writing style! I really wanted to read Oscar Wilde, but I never read anything from him, so I ordered Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast and I discovered I LOVE him. Honestly, these are perfect if you want to start out, they aren’t too expensive (around 3-4 euros per book) and they are short enough to try out.
Kid’s books are your best friend!
Ok, yeah, most classics are written in a more difficult language than we use today (especially if English isn’t your first language, you might get really confused!), but luckily, there are lots of children’s classics that are written in a more accessible English! And guess what, they are still classics. So get those children’s books, and start reading!
Some of my favourite children’s classics!:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott review
I hope this blogpost helped you out in any way! What are some of your favourite classics?