I Recommend: Classics

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Classic Recommendations!

Classics. The most basic definition by dictionary is “a famous book/play”. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of classics? Is it timeless, traditional, and light-reading? Or is it boring, difficult to follow and sleepy? Whatever it is, we’ve all considered or have been pushed (either by parents or teachers) to read a ‘good’ classic. Those of us who already like classics have no problem, but for those of you who prefer more action and drama, classics can come across as a bit of a downer.

But that’s not saying you won’t enjoy any classics. Oh no.

Classics actually make for very good light reading, especially since their plots are simple and easy. And everyone needs a break from what they usually read. And they make great gifts, by the way. So this winter season (which is the best season to read Classics) I'm going to recommend you some classics; whether you want to start reading them, or whether you want to gift someone a book, I have seven recommendations for now.

And don’t worry. Those don’t include Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer, Oliver Twist, and Wuthering Heights, Treasure Island or any of those kinds of ‘heavy’ classics. If you're new to the genre, you shouldn’t even start with these. What I'm recommending are the ones that you’ll probably have a greater chance of enjoying.

Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery

Synopsis: Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They're waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny, red haired girl, Anne Shirley, turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, with her constant chatter and wild imagination, Anne is constantly getting into scrapes, and the story follows Anne and her “trials and tribulations” as she calls them, at Green Gables.

Anne is a great character- she’s one of the liveliest I've ever read about. She’s also funny, and is a general misfit, which adds quite a lot of humour into the book. There are lots of fun, quirky moments. Montgomery’s writing style and descriptions are brilliant as well, and they draw you in real quick. Overall, a very fun and light hearted read; I highly recommend it. It’s easy to love as well, no matter the genre you love.

A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Synopsis: A Little Princess is about Sara Crewe, whose mother is dead and whose father is busy a lot, although he dotes on his daughter. She comes to live in a (kind of) school/boarding house while her father is away. Sara, being extremely rich and foreign, catches everyone’s eyes on the very first day itself. But tragedy strikes Sara’s life, and soon, she has no one to call her own. But though life is hard, Sara must find out the courage to live on and be the little princess she always was.

I LOVE this book. Sara is a great character: she’s pretty down to earth despite her riches, and she’s a great storyteller. Whether she’s making up a story or telling the others how her father acquired his riches, she makes it sound so much like a wonderful story. And she is so courageous and kind even in the face of her loss…it’s hard to not love a character like Sara. The plot was good, and the writing style brilliant. There are sad moments in this book, but at the same time, there are times where the book gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. Again, I highly recommend this book.

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Synopsis: Little Women is about the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Their father is away at war, and times are not as good as they were for the March family, but the bond they share is strong. The family may not have much money, but that doesn’t stop them from creating their own fun and forming secret societies. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow very different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do…

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