Best Classic Book Recommendations

What is a classic book? In our opinion, it’s any work that proves a good story will endure. Classic books tend to populate high school reading lists, lists of books everyone should read, and more. 

There are books that are considered classics within specific genres, such as classic science fiction books, classic gothic horror novels and classic romance novels. There are classics that distill the voices of certain times and places, such as books from Lost Generation writers or from the Harlem Renaissance

Classic books also have the tendency to become cultural touchstones—everyone knows what it means to tilt at windmills; to chase a white whale; to ask “to be or not to be” (and if you don’t; it’s high time you cross these classic books off your TBR). They’ve also been turned into iconic films, sparked some of the most hated characters known to man, and invented fantastic places we can only dream of visiting

While many books that we consider classics were written long ago, the best ones are truly timeless, telling tales that resonate with people around the world and across generations. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, it's time to see for yourself.

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Why You Should Re-Read To Kill a Mockingbird

A look back at a banned book that grapples with racism in the Deep South.

Why the Lost Generation Writers Still Resonate With Us

Almost a century later, hope continues to endure through disillusionment.

Our Favorite Turner Classic Movies Based on Books

From the golden age of Hollywood to Meryl Streep, here are some undoubted classics from the Turner Classic Movies canon.

Celebrating the 120-Year History of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Rediscovering the book series that redefined children's literature.

50 Years of Earth Day History: How Silent Spring Changed the World

Rachel Carson’s New York Times best seller launched a global movement.

Alice Walker Tells Us How We Can Have Peace on Earth

Read an essay from Alice Walker’s book, Living by the Word.

Hello, Old Friends: 18 Classic Children's Books

These characters were there through thick and thin.

Revisiting The Color Purple: A Discussion with Alice Walker

Ms. Walker answers readers' questions about her most famous work.

The Best Jane Austen Movies

They've bewitched us, body and soul.

A Dog Returns to His Fierce Nature in The Call of the Wild

Read an excerpt from Jack London's classic adventure novel.

The Family That Inspired J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

The Peter Pan author based his characters in real life.

5 Little Women Quotes We Still Love Today

"Don't try to make me grow up before my time..."

13 Books for Fans of Little Women

"I like good strong words that mean something..." —Louisa May Alcott

Gloria Steinem on The Color Purple

The iconic feminist praises Alice Walker's ability to move readers.