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Classic Books That Everyone Should Read


Aug. 13 2018, Published 8:25 p.m. ET

Reading may not be everyone’s favorite thing to do for fun, but there are some novels that everyone should experience. Here are some of my favorite “classic” books that you should read, if you haven’t already. Or even if you have read them already, go ahead and reread your favorite one.

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The Outsiders 

Written by S.E. Hinton, this is a popular coming of age novel about a group of high school kids living in the 1960s. The main conflict in the story is between two gangs that are divided by their socioeconomic status. This novel addresses real, serious situations that are still present in society. While an easy read, the book includes interesting characters and a well developed plot. The plot twists will have you shook, and quite possibly crying. Once you finish the book though, go watch the well done movie remake because, well, Patrick Swayze.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

This is another novel discussing a topic that is still relevant today. Set in the deep south of the 1930s, this novel by Harper Lee focuses on the issue of racism. Told through the eyes of young children helps lighten the mood while providing honesty about the subject. Once again, this classic is relevant and intriguing in its storyline. Of course this novel has a movie version, but don’t deprive yourself of the brilliant details of this book for the film remake.


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George Orwell’s 1984 is well known for its scary prediction of the future. It takes place in dystopian society that is strictly run and censored by its government, Big Brother. This novel has become especially popular in the last few years because people compare it to Trump’s presidency. Whether you agree with that or not, this book has a unique concept, that is slightly terrifying, yet very interesting. The novel even inspired the concept of a reality TV show, called Big Brother. But do yourself a favor and read the book instead of watching the show.

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