Classics.
Filled with beautiful quotes and amazing thoughts but the stuff between that extraordinary poetry is just boring, right?
To quote Hamlet: No.

Classics can be boring but so can be any other book. I guess the thought that a book was written for example over 50 years ago can make it sound boring, old and not relatable. I never really had that attitude towards classics but can admit that I used to never finish one so here are some tips what to read when you want to start reading some classics.

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde (1891)

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Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

Probably the best book you could start with. Although it was written in 1891, Oscars Wilde' language is very easy to understand. The book is very poetic and I had the urge to highlight a sentence on nearly every page. There are no boring parts except one chapter which is very long and one of the most unimportant chapters in history so you can skip that.

"You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald (1926)

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"Young handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the absence of which renders his life of glittering parties and bright young things ultimately hollow."

Another good book that you might have read in school already. It always surprises me that Gatsby was published much later than Dorian Gray because I definitely had a harder time reading this than Oscar Wilde' books.
The Great Gatsby is nevertheless an amazing book and again very poetic. It can turn a bit weird at some parts but that's pretty normal in classics. By that I mean moments, when you're just like: "This guy is acting like he's on drugs and nobody would ever talk like this not even in the roaring twenties."

The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly."

Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

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The one and only.

Who doesn't love a good crime? Especially if it includes Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. These stories have been turned into various films and tv shows which only proves how good they are. The language is rather easy to understand and the wittiness of the two characters makes it even better.

"To a great mind, nothing is a little."

Great Expectations Charles Dickens (1860-61)

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"Great Expectations, Dickens funny, frightening and tender portrayal of the orphan Pip's journey of self-discovery, is one of his best-loved works."

Reading Great Expectations is definitely not easy. The sentences and the language is complex, there are dialects and boring parts but nevertheless, this is a great book. I wouldn't recommend starting with it but I'd give it a try once you're more into classics. There's also a short BBC series of it which I highly recommend.

"I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be."

In the end, I just want you to remember that classics are still books. There are good books, there are bad books. Just because it's a classic doesn't mean you have to like it or think it's good. So if you find yourself not enjoying a classic then put it down, maybe it's simply not your type of book but don't think all classics are the same.