Find a list of nine easy classics for beginners
I have always loved reading classics and there is a reason why they are considered so revered and cherished. But many refrain from reading classics because when you have the option of picking up some quick-reads, why struggle with the 700 odd pages!
However, if you are a newbie looking forward to reading something more than your average fiction book, here is a list of my favorite classics, perfect for beginner readers.
9 Must-Read Classics for Beginner Readers
1.Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula is one of the first classics I’ve ever read. Unlike today, vampires back then were not heroes. Yes, not like Edward in Twilight or Stephan Salvatore in Vampire Diaries. Our Count Dracula is a pure blood-sucking vampire.
Jonathan Harker visits Count Dracula for business in Transylvania. Nobody knows anything about Dracula and people are afraid of him. Jonathan is warned to take care of himself and he becomes skeptical. Though he shows the courage to enter into the Count’s mansion, he is scared. The count forbids him to enter a few rooms.
This book gets exciting when Jonathan disobeys the Count and finds himself with three women about to suck his blood. Needless to say, he is convinced that he is trapped in Dracula ‘s lonely castle with three other bloodthirsty women for company and oh, a coffin where he finds the Count himself.
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2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein.
Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness.
This one, is still on my TBR.
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3. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Who doesn’t know about The Jungle Book? And doesn’t love the evergreen characters – Mowgli the man-cub raised by wolves, Sherkhan the tiger, Baaloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther and Kaa the python.
Dive straight into Rudyard Kipling’s marvelous world of animals and their kingdom to learn some important moral lessons.
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4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is the first children’s novel written in the United States to have become an enduring classic. In simple words, this is the story of the March Sisters – Meg, Jo, Amy united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
It’s known that Louisa May Alcott, the author based Little Women on her own early life.
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
I wouldn’t be lying when I say, this tiny little book sucked the life out of me. After DNF-ing for close to ten times, I finally finished it and it is amazing if you understand political satire- of Soviet totalitarianism, Moscow-directed Stalinism and Spanish Civil War.
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6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Next on my list of Classics for Beginners is this short read of just about 100 pages- The Call of the Wild.
It a gripping and beautifully written story. Yes, it is about a dog. And yes, it is great for all ages. Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively wild in the harsh environment and is forced to fight for his survival.
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7. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Griffin is a scientist who has devoted himself to research into making his body to a state where it neither absorbs nor reflects light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse it. What follows is his his descent into madness. An iconic character in horror fiction!
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8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Holden is a teen who struggles with the idea of growing up and losing his Innocence of childhood. Catcher in the Rye is one of the banned books in history due to its profanity and portrayal of sex.
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9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Again, nobody needs an introduction to Sherlock Holmes- the fictional detective. I remember utilizing my pocket-money to visit a book fair back when I was in school and had come back with the humongous volume of Sherlock Holmes and there was no looking back. I was locked up in reading!
Sherlock is renowned for his intellectual prowess and deductive reasoning. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created.
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Namratha Varadharajan says
Have read 2 of them
*Covers her head in shame and runs away before anyone can notice*
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Haha. Don’t worry. I’ll follow you closely.
I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet and I have to do it before the month ends. 🙂
These are some good picks and I’ve read them all. Though the likes of Animal Farm and Catcher in the Rye might be a bit too much for beginners. My first ever book was Oliver Twist, which I read when I was 7. I would like to add a few more classics to this list 1. Oliver Twist 2. Around the World in 8o Days 3. King Solomon’s Mines 4. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Thank you. I’ve read the first two from your list.
samarpita mukherjee sharma says
I haven’t read number 6 (I will soon after your recommendation), but I totally endorse rest of your recommendations!
Thank you. Call in the Wild is a short read. But I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. 🙂
SINDHU VINOD NARAYAN says
That’s a lovely list put up. I see few of my favourites up in them too. Thank you for sharing. #tmmreads #blogchattera2z
You’re welcome 🙂
That’s a nice list for beginners, even after so many years I haven’t been able to complete animal farm.
The jungle book, call of wind, sherlock holmes even invisible man, all these I can still read again.
but for me, my first was the blue umbrella that bought me in the reading world along with many pictoral books of Russian tales.
Oh, what a fantastic read The Blue Umbrella is! 🙂
Good idea for a topic. Call of the Wild and Little Women were both ones I read as a child. I’d have to dispute the description of Dracula or Frankenstein as easy reads though…
Yup. I wanted to cater to an adult audience, I believe. I did write a post on Classics for Kids. That’d do good for easy reads most probably.
Holly Jahangiri says
For me, it’s never been that they’re a “struggle,” but when your mom’s majoring in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis on gifted kids, and Psychology, and wishes she were majoring in Library Science, and later goes on to study for a graduated degree in Juvenile Justice, those “classics’ start to sound a lot like vegetables. As in “books that are GOOD FOR YOU.” Who wants to read that? I wanted to read the ones she and my grandmother read for entertainment! 😉 If it had a gold or silver foil award sticker on the cover, it might as well be liver and onions!
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Haha. I completely understand 🙂
Loved your suggestions. I started Dracula movie but couldn’t complete as kids are home now all the time. Will get this book 🙂
You’d like it, I guess. Give it a try.
Roshan Radhakrishnan says
Of the lot, I actually havent read Catcher in the Rye till date. One I loved growing up was The Count of Monte Cristo.
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Oh, I love The Count of Monte Cristo. But quite a humongous book with over 1200 pages a d I didn’t want to add it to the list!🙆♀️
Swarnali Nath says
Hey Shalini! Loved your post, came to know about some gems of classic reads. That invisible man book seems interesting. Would love to check.
Thank you, Swarnali. You’d like The Invisible Man. 🙂
Jyoti Jha says
I have read some of the books mentioned in your recommended list. The rest of the titles definitely go into my wishlist now 🙂
I’ve read 4 out of your list. I do want to read Catcher in the Rye.
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Purba Chakraborty says
Wow! I loved the list. So well compiled. Have read many of them as I am quite crazy about classics.
Thank you, Purba 🙂
Perfect recommendations I’d say. I haven’t covered the entire list. Thankyou for sharing. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Sonia Dogra says
Great suggestions. Have read a few. Will look out for the rest
Sure, please. 🙂
Simrit Bedi says
This is a wonderful list. I have read most of them. Thank you for sharing
That’s amazing! 🙂
Balaka Basu says
Amazing post. Apart from Catcher in the Rye, I have read all.
Noor Anand Chawla says
I’ve actually only read three of these, started three others in the past but they didn’t sustain my interest at the time. Now’s the time to try again!
That’s the thing with classics! But I hope you’ll enjoy them now.
I can safely say I have read all the ones listed. I am not sure Animal Farm would work for beginners though. Excellent book, but heavy reading.
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I agree. I wanted to include something that would interest an audience who wouldn’t prefer romance or others.
I have read them all. A great list, but not sure about Animal Farm. It is an excellent book, but a heavy read for beginners.
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Ramya Abhinand says
Shalu thats an awesome collection of classics. I havent read most of them, must get them on to my list of to be reads soon.
Thank you, Ramya 🙂
Dipika Singh says
I have to read 3/4 from the list. And it says easy reads for beginners… ‘facepalm’
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I loved the recent movie adaptation of Little Women and want to go back and reread it. The classic I most often come back to is Pride and Prejudice.
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A nice list. I’ve read most but my favourite would be Sherlock Holmes.
Shweta Suresh says
Wow. I have read very few of them! It gives me all the more reason to burden my Kindle. Thank you for the links!
I stumbled upon your blog recently and I loved your writing Shalini! Especially your book reviews. Have started coming back regularly for book recommendations 🙂 I picked up ‘The bookish life of Nina Hill’ after reading a review in your blog and enjoyed it.
Have read Animal Farm and its one of my favourites! Among classics, am a huge fan of Jane Austen.
Loved the instance of getting back home with all of Sherlock Holmes books and getting hooked to them 🙂
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Pratikshya Mishra says
I listened to an audiobook recently- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It has just 3 hours or so and such a wonderful story. Haunting – kind of. I was always curious why people praised this so much, now I know why.
This is a wonderful list for beginners. The best thing about classics is they are never out of print. May be that is why they are called so. 😀