5 Non-Boring Classics


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If you want to read a classic book for fun, look no further.  Although these aren’t exactly light reading, they contain some adventure, drama, and humor that will keep you reading.  They can get dry at times and have a lot of unnecessary words, but at least they’re more interesting than large, 1000-page volumes of instructions for obsolete computers.

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams

You thought bunnies were cute?  Think again!  “Cute fluffy animals” meet “[insert really any medieval fantasy book about epic quests and warring kingdoms here]” in this long, imaginative novel.

2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Victor Frankenstein is just your average college kid, until he seeks to conquer death, creates a monster, and it all goes downhill from there.  It’s all fun and games until he’s faced with deep, dark, deathlike solitude.  If you like horror stories and highly unlikable protagonists, you will love this book.

3. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

This short book about a bird getting reincarnated is very thought-provoking.  If you’re looking for “very deep book to read in half an hour,” this is one of your best picks.

4. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth hears it’s his destiny to become king, so he decides to start killing people in order to make that happen.  His wife encourages him.  Things go downhill from there.  The story, despite being a tragedy, has plenty of exciting, spooky moments and drama.

5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

The complete opposite of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream contains all the comedy elements of a good teen novel: relationship drama, a characters-switching-places plot, a troublemaker, pranks, a goofy group of people trying to get something done, and forest faeries.  If that’s not funny, I don’t know what is.

Happy (classic) reading!



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