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17 Classic Books You’ll Appreciate More With Age

September 6th, 2020

If you took an English class in school, you probably had to read at least one classic that bored you to tears and made you swear off reading. But with age comes wisdom. Your tastes now probably aren’t anything like your tastes as a teenager. Speaking from experience, this is true of both clothes (it was in style at the time!) and for books. 

Now, with a more seasoned perspective, I can better appreciate some of the works I absolutely loathed in high school. (Sorry, Shakespeare.) After all, these books are taught for a reason. When you aren’t trying to rush through a book for class credit, you have a lot more time to appreciate the nuance of different characters and themes. You might even find you actually enjoy reading them when you aren’t being forced. 

Now, here are some of the books you might enjoy more the second time around. (And if you never read them a first time, don’t worry! They’re classics for a reason.)

  1. 1984 (George Orwell)
  2. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
  3. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  4. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
  8. Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
  10. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
  11. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  12. A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
  13. The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
  14. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  15. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  16. The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank)
  17. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

What are your favorite classic books?

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