Summer Reads–Don’t Miss the Greatest Books

If you’re looking for some summer reads, may I recommend this list?

The Greatest Books

If you haven’t already discovered some of these, you don’t want to miss out on some excellent literature.

Many years ago I found a similar list. With a goal of reading one or two from the list each year, I started with some books that I thought I could stomach: romances by Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte, My Antonia by Willa Cather, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (only because it was very thin).

All of them were fascinating. Who knew?

Then I got brave and read some that looked endlessly boring and painfully long–The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes–only to be pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to read and how hard to put down (Don Quixote made me laugh out loud!).

It gave me a feeling of satisfaction to check them off the list one-by-one. I also noticed that a sense of camaraderie with other readers of classics as I started to understand cultural references to these stories.

Soon I discovered an online classic book club through my public library. One of them sent the first three chapters of a classic novel by email at the beginning of each month. That was do-able, and I found more authors I liked.

That was the beginning.

These led me to lesser-known old books, and the best books I’ve ever read (hence, my posts!). This is how I began collecting old books at book sales, and my experience has shown that I can trust most books written more than fifty years ago to be a quality read.

I no longer carry that list in my purse because my “list” is now on my shelves, each awaiting its turn–as time allows!

And here is a list for classic children’s books.

What are your favorites on the list? Or if you aren’t yet into the classics, how about taking the challenge?  One or two from the list each year?

Happy reading this summer!

My appreciation to the following for open source images:

http://thegreatestbooks.org/

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Books.jpg

https://pixabay.com/en/book-teacup-nature-summer-reading-2388213/

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7 Comments

  1. Good for you making sure you don’t miss any of the great classics. There are still plenty I need to read, but a good bunch of my favorites are on your link list: Charlotte’s Web, Anne of Green Gables, My Antonia, etc. etc.!

    • That’s great, Marcia! If you have any other favorites to recommend, don’t hesitate to list them. I recently ran across some information about the book Middlemarch by George Eliot, so that will probably be the next one I’m going after, we’ll see.

  2. Reblogged this on Flowery Prose and commented:
    I’m spreading a little blog love during the month of July! I’ll be reblogging recent entries from some of my favourite bloggers – I encourage you to click through and check out more of their work. Enjoy! ~Sheryl

    • Thank you so much, Sheryl, what a generous idea! I will definitely have to keep that in mind for the future, sharing the love!

  3. Checking through the children’s list I was delighted to be reminded of Hans Brinker. I am sure I have a copy somewhere in the attic.

    • Hello Gallivanta! I remember having the children’s version” of Hans Brinker and reading that when I was younger–I’ll have to read the “real” version. Thanks for the reminder, and for your note!

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