Shelf Pleasure’s Favorite Classics
We always feel a certain pang of nostalgia this time of year as we see the “Back to School” aisles filled with black and white speckled notebooks (do kids still use those?!), pencil cases, magic markers and binders. Those days may be long gone, but every September we miss the ritual of getting ready for school once again. One thing that hasn’t changed is our love for classic novels. In honor of back to school time, here are some of Shelf Pleasure’s favorites that we can read over and over. Don’t forget to share your picks in the comments below!
Speaking of the aforementioned Austen, this tale taught us the meaning of true love—and made us lust after a beautiful Colin Firth in the BBC movie adaptation.
A rite of passage for many adolescents, The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield captures the strong, sometimes unstable, feelings of teenage angst. And though Salinger remained a reclusive figure until his death in 2010, he is hotter than ever. The book still sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year and a new documentary, Salinger, which looks inside his private life, is slated for release this fall.
Jane Eyre, in her search for love and acceptance, is a heroine to be admired even in today’s world. The plot, with its Gothic influences, is a page-turner, while the passion between Jane and Mr. Rochester is a love story for the ages.
We re-read this American masterpiece with the release of Baz Luhrmann’s movie this past summer. The ill-fated love story between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is set against the backdrop of the glitzy glamor and decadent excess of the Jazz Age.
A Pulitzer Prize winner, this coming of age tale also deals with issues of racism and intolerance in a small Southern town. Told from the perspective of unforgettable heroine Scout Finch, this is a classic that deserves to be reread often.
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