Classics and Best Sellers Road Test

If you want to get stuck into some classics or best sellers but don't know where to start, this page could be a bit of a gauge, as I'm road testing them for you, to give you some idea. If I found them pompous and overrated, I'll say so. I'll also give you the thumbs up if I thought they were amazing and worth the hype.

I had a love/hate relationship with the classics in my past. As a school kid, I thought I loved them. As an uni student with an English major, I thought I hated them. So many of the selections didn't seem to live up to my optimistic expectations, but perhaps having to write essays about them was enough to curb my enthusiasm. At last I'm ready to carefully stick my neck out again. I'm going to put them under the microscope (well, my microscope), and explain whether or not I think they live up to their long-standing popularity. 

I've tried to keep the titles in alphabetical order. Hopefully it will make it easier for you to cast your eye down the list, especially if you want to see if I've reviewed a particular book. But if you're searching for books by a particular author all in one spot, check out my fiction and non-fiction review pages.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Babette's Feast by Karen Blixen
Big Magic  by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Children of the New Forest by Captain Frederick Marryat
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The Complete Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Emma by Jane Austen
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Evelina by Frances Burney
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
The Harp in the South by Ruth Park
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
March  by Geraldine Brooks
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Pollyanna  by Eleanor H. Porter
Poor Man's Orange by Ruth Park
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Rebecca  by Daphne du Maurier
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
The Thirteenth Tale  by Diane Setterfield
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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