Any readers of the classics out there?

Any readers of the classics out there? I see a lot of discussion of recently published books here, but rarely anything pre-20th century. I love novels from the 19th century. This summer I’m reading The Pickwick Papers. Dickens is one of my favorites. I hadn’t read anything by him in awhile and the reason I picked this one up is due to a mention in Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet.

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  • I am finally reading the classics for pleasure not for homework. I also read a lot of history and biography. And science.

  • Wilkie Collins will always be a favourite and is probably responsible for my love of the classics.

  • I read The Agony and the Ecstasy last year, Grapes of Wrath the year before. I’m a third through Les Miserables. I love the writing and characterization, but many other books have squeezed their way in the middle.

  • My regular book club decided to read 2 classics a year. Some members were a little apprehensive of the idea, never having read one before. For them, we are venturing in with baby steps. We are a group of all women. So far we’ve read Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn, and our summer choice is Gone With the Wind.

  • Have read a number over the years. First thought was how much I like Edith Wharton. Has anyone read The Awakening by Kate Chopin? One of my favs!

  • Melville, Dostoevsky, Cervantes, Tolstoy, Kafka, Hawthorne, Hegel, Plato, Homer, Chekhov, Flaubert anyone?

    • Oh, and Henry David Thoreau…Civil Disobedience and Walden. You have to be in a certain mood to read them, but I really enjoy them both.

  • Frances Burnett books? Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner written 1920 but takes place in late 1800s very great book. Pulitzer winner

    • I tried angle of repose, had to put it down. Tried it again a few months later and it had me in tears. It’s so beautiful.

  • you lucky boy to be reading them for the first time! To me the 19th century has the motherlode of big fat wonderful novels! And you can go back and re-read as you go through life and each time the resonance is a little different. You look to be a young-ish person. Read A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov. He wrote in that Byronic time when tragic young men were all the rage. And there is Nicholas Nickleby from Dickens – another young hero fighting his way through.

  • Yes! It’s my favorite genre! Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Sir Conan Doyle are my absolute favorites!

  • I read The Great Gatsby while watching the movie. Made it a sort of total immersion experience.

  • I’m reading Pickwick Papers right now, too. I’m reading it out loud to myself which helps to make more sense of it.

  • Am currently reading Moby Dick. Love Bartleby the Scrivener but have always been kinda afraid of Moby Dick. Not totally loving it but am determined to finish.

  • I’m a Great Expectations girl. I love Edith Wharton the way many love Jane Austen!

  • I love all the children’s classics. First read them when I was nine or ten and still reread. Any and all but with Anne of Green Gables series leading the pack!

    • Loved Anne of Green Gables – I read it with my daughter when she was small. I also loved Heidi.

  • I love the classics! If you liked Pickwick Papers you might like Vanity Fair and anything from Anthony Trollope.

  • I love Dickens too but haven’t read many yet. I loved Great Expectations and David Copperfield. I also love Jane Austen. My most recent classic was Wuthering Heights which I also loved although quite tragic!

  • love the classics BUT im an Edith Wharton fan ❣️🤗❣️

  • Yes I love the classics. I’m a little over whelmed by all the titles I see on this site. I don’t buy new books. There are enough good books that have already stood the test of time. Not much non-fiction either. I would love to hear about authors as well.

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