This week’s challenge is looking at how to introduce a fellow reader to a new genre of books. I’m not much of a genre reader (I tend to just pick up whatever I fancy) but as a former literature student, I’ve read a LOT of classics in my time and thought I would put together a beginner’s guide:
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
While Pride and Prejudice is the more famous story, I think Northanger Abbey is more accessible. It’s short, funny and irreverent and a great intro into the Austen world.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Full of memorable characters, with a more straightforward plot than some of Dickens’ mighter tomes, Great Expectations is well-told, funny and full of classic Dickensian storytelling.
Jeeves & Wooster by P.G.Wodehouse
Always funny, always smart and an amazing depiction of the British aristocracy. Wodehouse always makes me laugh.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Arguably one of the most famous American classics, with a very well known plot. Read this and you’ll understand so many references!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I summed up why I love it here but again, a gentle, relatable way into 1800s writing.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I love Steinbeck’s writing. Of Mice and Men is short (again) and the most easily accessible of Steinbeck’s work.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
A great introduction to both Victorian morals and manners and gothic horror!
Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Bonkers children’s story that influenced so much after it.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Who wouldn’t want to read about a red-headed Canadian orphan?
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A little glimpse into English manners through Mole, Ratty and Toad of Toad Hall.