When it comes to reading, it is always easier to read the Sparknotes. We've all been there. But classics are classics for a reason. They have value because they stood the test of time and still came out on top. And they deserve to be read. It's never too early to put together a summer reading list, right?
1. "Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
This is Wilde's only full-length novel and is most definitely worth taking a look at. It tells the story of one Dorian Gray, who wishes to stay young and good looking forever. He fishes his wish, with a portrait of him becoming old and corrupt instead of Dorian himself. This story is short, sweet, and bloody. Wilde writes with a beautifully poetic voice, and you might get some crash course philosophy lessons out of this deal as well.
2. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
This book is probably longer than what the average person is willing to read. But Dickens establishes mystery in the first chapter, and that sense of intrigue carries you forward. Before you know it, you're knee-deep in the French Revolution and everyone you love is dead. It's a wild ride start to finish, with something for everyone. Love, intrigue, beheadings. The holy trinity of great literature.
3. "1984" by George Orwell
This book is only getting more relevant, folks. I will say that this is not a story to read before bed. In fact, every time someone mentions this book it ruins my whole day. And misery loves company. It's a vivid picture of an overbearing government controlling all aspects of private lives. The last few chapters will make your head and your heart hurt. It'll make you think, and you'll never look at the world the same way again.
4. Anything by Shakespeare
I'm by no means Shakespeare's number one fan, but you should see what the buzz is about. His work is immortal for a reason. The guy knew what he was doing. The Tempest, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, take your pick. At the very least, you'll start to understand some cultural references.
5. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is any book nerd's dream. Symbolism, foreshadowing... This book may very well be my all-time favorite. It's easy to get sucked into the fabulous and dramatic world of Jay Gatsby. There's extravagant parties, there's secret affairs, and there's cold blooded murder. Once again, the makings of a great novel.