As January comes to a close, you may already be falling into a reading slump, barely interested in the words on the page and dissatisfied with the novels on your shelf. If this is the case, then continue scrolling; classics are, in my opinion, some of the most lovely books in the world, and these definitely deserve your attention!

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| Ovid's Metamorphoses

Author: Ovid

Publication Date: 8 AD

Synopsis: An extended Latin narrative poem chronicling changes in form of many Roman deities, tying together many breathtaking ancient myths.

Read If: You need a touch of whimsy and melancholy in your life!

Men did not have to seek: they simply gathered mountain strawberries and the Arbutus' fruit and cornel cherries; and thick upon their prickly stems, blackberries; and acorns fell from Jove's sacred tree.
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| Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Publication Date: 1955

Synopsis: This is a jarring and conflicted account of a middle-aged professor who becomes enamored of his new stepdaughter, Dolores. It is undoubtedly disturbing but incredibly well-written.

Read If: You are looking for a thought-provoking read that will leave you intrigued and conflicted between love and detest.

Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.
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| The Talented Mr. Ripley

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publication Date: 1955

Synopsis: A young man named Tom Ripley travels to the town of Mongibello, Italy and spends the summer with Dickie Greenleaf. Gaining Dickie's approval and trust becomes his obsession, and he is driven to insanity as his jealousy devours him. This is my absolute favorite novel – the writing is well-crafted, the plot is enthralling, and the characters are rich and interesting.

Read If: You are looking for an engaging crime book which is impossible to put down.

I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.
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| The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger

Publication Date: 1951

Synopsis: A coming of age novel about the complex issues of innocence, identity, and life direction, all explored through the loveable but problematic Holden Caulfield on his trip to New York City after being expelled from his exclusive boarding school.

Read If: You feel that you are stuck in a rut like Holden, and need a fresh dose of perspective.

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
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| The Old Man and the Sea

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Publication Date: 1952

Synopsis: This is a short book concerning an elderly fisherman, Santiago, who is forced to grapple with an enormous, stubborn marlin off the coast of Cuba after many weeks of bad luck at sea. He encounters a series of life-threatening and thought-provoking issues as the fish drags him through the ocean.

Read If: You would like a quick read with an engaging pace and interesting characters.

"Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends."
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| The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck

Publication Date: 1939

Synopsis: We follow the Joads, an impoverished family of tenant farmers during the Great Depression, as they are driven by the Dust Bowl from Oklahoma to California in search of a better life. This is a moving and heart-rending book that brought me to tears more than once with its beautiful prose.

Read If: You need a slow-moving book to give you a good cry.

Up ahead there's a thousan' lives we might live, but when it comes it'll on'y be one.
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| Other Suggestions

If you are still at a loss as to what to read, you may want to consider some of these titles, all of which I personally loved:

  • Wuthering Heights
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Slaughterhouse Five

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That wraps up this article! Hopefully, you were able to find a book that piques your interest out of this collection. These are all novels that have had a great effect on me; I truly treasure them, and I hope that you do as well!

Ut semper,
Elsa | @studylatin

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