Summer is once again here with its heat and long days. Summer must-reads and book lists are as well. However, while other blogs are focusing on the hottest Contemporary books that are going to be released this summer and compiling lists of modern-day books they can’t wait to get their hands on this summer, I have decided to list a few of my favorite books of all time from the classic literature genre this month. Classic literature is my favorite genre of books. The list is below. Enjoy, and Happy July!
1. Matilda By Ronald Dahl This has been one of my favorite books since I was a kid. I love the movie too! Ronald Dahl is an awesome writer! In the book, he truly brings Matilda, her intelligence, wit, special powers, and giftedness to life.
2. Charlotte’s Web By E. B. White This is another one of my childhood favorites. Centered around the theme of friendship, the novel warms my heart and inspires me to be a better friend to others every time I read it.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee. The book is about a black man who is falsely accused of raping a white woman in Alabama in the 1930s. The book is moving, and the reader gets taken on a emotional roller coaster ride as an Caucasian lawyer goes to great measures to prove his black client’s innocence while their children become close andexperience the effects of racism together.
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain Mark Twain is considered to be one of the best writers of all time and one of my favorites. One of my favorite books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is because of its wit, adventure, and playfulness. It follows Tom’s daily activities in the South as he witnesses a murder, runs away from home, and gets lost in a cave.
5. Lord Of The Flies By William Golding
The novel is about a group of boys who are stranded on a deserted island when the plane they are aboard after leaving boarding school crashes, and they are left to survive on their own and try to find help. The boys’ bravery, courage, and determination to survive and hold themselves together in the midst of danger is what won me over as a teenager.
6. Uncle Tom’s Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe This book brings tears to my eyes and stirs my soul. In it, Stowe explores the topic of slavery through its many characters and their intertwined lives. Tom is a slave in the book who is beaten to death by his master when he refuses to tell his master where two other runaway slaves are.
7. The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Central to the book are its themes of promiscuity, guilt, and shame. The story is about a woman who is accused of adultery after she gives birth to a child, though her husband is far away. The woman is forced to wear the letter A on her clothing after her affair, which stands for adultery, because she won’t reveal who the child’s father is. She just lives with the agony of shame and secrecy daily. She is shunned by the townspeople and her ex-husband when he returns daily, but she never reveals who her child’s father is. She shares that secret with the town’s minister though.