Bookish Santa Editor’s Classic Recommendations for Beginners
This might become one of those cliched blogs that hurl recommendations on you but I hope you find some new books to add or old favorites to smile upon. These are the books that I find the easiest to get introduced to the world of classic literature. Many people detest reading classics precisely because of their diction and slow pace but I have a list of some classics for beginners or those who want to reconcile with the genre.
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
If you ask me my favorite novel, I will shout out The Picture of Dorian Gray to you! The book is set in the Victorian era and concentrates on themes of art, beauty, hedonism, aestheticism as well as comments on the society’s hypocrisy, homosexuality, the horror of living with oneself and the dark side of influence. You may also need to keep your markers handy because this book is highly quotable!
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book needs no introduction since you all must be familiar with the movie adaptation in which Leonardo DiCaprio ruled the hearts of all the ladies. Set in the roaring ’20s, The Great Gatsby is a story of a man’s chase and longing for the American Dream. The major themes it explores are gender inequality and class differences.
3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Having read four of Steinbeck’s brilliant novels, I found this the easiest to begin with. This novella is a story of George and Lennie’s friendship and their struggles to find a place for themselves in this vicious world. The ending will reveal you that it’s the innocents that are always the most misunderstood.
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
You might have started to wonder why haven’t I included a woman classic writer yet but here’s one of my favorite! The Awakening is the story of a woman stuck in a failed marriage, ready to awaken her sexuality and in the course of it, find and attain the happiness she always strived for.
5. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Lack of stimulation and interest in life led the narrator of this novella into psychosis. The readers could observe the detriment in her mental health when she was quarantined in a room where she found her obsession with the yellow wallpaper.
Do share if you have read any of these. I would love to know your views.
Editor: Aayushi is currently pursuing Master's in Literature and working as a part-time editor for Bookish Santa. She's best known for her Bookstagram page @_penandpapers where she shares her love for classics and poetry with everyone and has worked with the best publishing companies of the world. When she's not reading, reviewing books or editing, she can be found pursuing her passions for journaling and writing. She wants to work for a publishing house in future and become a novelist.