19 Classics That Everyone Should Read 

While there are many amazing books to read, the classics always deserve some love. Many people ignore them and end up missing out on amazing novels. That is why we compiled a list of 19 classics that everyone should read! 

19 Classics That Everyone Should Read 

Classic novels have influenced many modern novels and will continue to do so. That is the power of an amazing book. The popularity of characters from novels published over a century ago should be enough encouragement to read them. You can see the full list below 

19 Classics That Everyone Should Read 

Classics That You Should Read

The first novel on our list is The Catcher in the Rye and it is a novel that everyone should read. Salinger tells a captivating story that will resonate with many young adults. Many people read it in high school and I recommend revisiting it and seeing what flew over your head the first time around. 

One of my favorite classics is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It is an amazing adventure story and very well written. Even if you aren’t a fan of classic novels, this one will have you hooked! 

A novel that many know about even if they have never read it is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It is more than just a typical horror novel. It tackles a bunch of philosophical issues and helped push launch the horror genre. Plus, many people incorrectly assume that the monster is called Frankenstein. 


These are 19 classics that everyone should read. How many books on the list have you read? What classics should we include on our next list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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14 thoughts on “19 Classics That Everyone Should Read 

  1. Jasmina Separovic says:

    I’ve read all of the classics and recommend them to all the book lovers!

  2. Dave Kinter says:

    Why is “The Alexandria Quartet” never mentioned in any of these lists?

  3. Karennina says:

    The Stand by Stephen King. It will wreck & change your life.

  4. Karennina says:

    Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn by Mark Twain. Each great in their own way.

  5. Brian Meleady says:

    The Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh.

    I was born in the UK, and learned more about Britain and colonialism than I ever did at school.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Let’s be honest, Wuthering Heights is an awful book. It is the only book I have read the main characters couldn’t be killed off fast enough.
    It may have been revolutionary to discuss mental health issues then, but it is not (by any means) a real portrayal of mental health. It perpetuates the made-up women’s “hysteria” trope. This does nothing for to educate people/youth today.

    1. Robert Dick says:

      Read ” Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Both are excellent.

  7. Samir Mokdad says:

    What about books of famous authors : Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, D.H.Lawrence, Oscar Wild, Jukes Verne, Thomas Hardy, to name a few. And yes, what about Gibran Kahlil Gibran book : The Prophet, translated into 22 languages, the most read book around the world after the Bible and the Quran, by more than 500 million people…
    With due respect to Mr. Ahaqir, he should do his home work properly before publishing his inaccurate articles.
    Stockholm – Sweden.

  8. Sherrill Mulkearns says:

    I can’t believe that One Hundred Years of Solitude made the list! My book club read it and only 2 of us actually finished the book; the only way I was able to get through it was by printing out a list of chapter summaries and following along with that while taking notes. I definitely do not recommend!

  9. Gail McClory says:

    Devil in the White City…. Read it in a day and a half ….historical novel.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Did they edit out where you wrote that it was non-fiction? Great book!


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