If you like to spend your weekends, sitting on the couch, sipping your favorite beverage while reading a charming novel and fantasizing about what is going to happen next, you’re going to love our list. We’ve gathered some selective classic novels for every romantic, every dreamer, and every thinker out there, so keep reading.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
If you’ve watched the movie and think that you’ve covered everything, you’re mistaken. There is more to the story of Elizabeth Bennet, her sisters, and the charming, Mr. Darcy. The novel digs deep into issues of morality, manners, status, and marriage. It is about an English family that lives in the countryside, where the father is obligated to marry off his five daughters.
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
This novel is an autobiography about the inner struggles of a young woman caused by social standards, moral obligations, and personal desires. It depicts how from a young age she withstood the hardships she faced after losing her parents and how she suffered from the inequality at her uncle’s house. In spite of all these challenges, she grew into a good woman with straight morals. Jane Eyre beat social standards, where she decided not to get married just because society said so.
Frankenstein – Marry Shelley
The novel tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who manages to create a sapient creature as a part of an experiment. This Gothic novel discusses the story of a hideous creature who is rejected by Victor and mankind in general.
The Mill on the Floss – George Elliot
Maggie and Tom Tulliver are two kids growing up at Dorlcote Mill, where plenty of their relatives live. Their aunts and uncles usually visit them and scold them all the time. The siblings go through several challenges in their life through their complicated relationship and face the most unfortunate events.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
While Jonny Depp depicts the character in the movie brilliantly, the book narrates some details of Willy Wonka that may have not been shown in the film. The owner of the biggest chocolate factory in the world decides to open his factory’s doors to five lucky children. Wonka hides five golden tickets wrapped in his amazing chocolate bars for these children to find them and gain access to the factory.
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is a simple story about the life of the four March sisters, but the message behind the novel is brilliant. While the classic novel shows the struggle for the personal growth of every woman and their responsibilities, the sisters depict four different types of women as per the standard norms during the nineteenth century. Every young adult who is struggling to find her identity must read this book.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
This novel is considered Fitzgerald’s best work. It is about the tragic life that the self-made millionaire, Jay Gatsby, leads that’s being narrated by Nick Carraway. Gatsby, desperately, tries to win over the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. The novel takes place in the Jazz Age, where you can see themes like greed, elitism, prejudice.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
A well-known artist, Basil Hallward, meets Dorian Gray in the home of his aunt and decides to paint several portraits of him, stunned by his beauty. Dorian then meets Lord Henry who believes that the only worthy thing in this life is beauty and pleasure. So, he decides to sell his soul so he can keep the same appearance as the portrait will age and fade.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
A gothic novel that narrates the story of a legal practitioner, Gabriel Utterson, who investigates weird occurrences between his friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll and the evil, Edward Hyde. It is one of the most well-known classic novels that will keep you entertained and intrigued.