Classics Worth Reading

I love reading.  I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like now as a mom, but I still do it when I can.  Classics worth reading are high on my list of books I love.

classics worth reading

You know what January is perfect for? Reading. On those cold winter nights there is nothing more perfect then getting cozy under a blanket, wrapping your hands around a hot tea or coffee, and getting lost in a good book.

I’m one of those weird ones who loves winter. Correction – I’m one of those weird ones who loves the snow. This winter so far has not been the kind of winter I fall in love with. It snows, only to be washed away by rain the next or even the same day, and then we wait another week or two for another dusting of snow only for it to be erased by rain and so on.

This is nothing like last year when we were hit with endless snow. Everyone in our family was all loving it.

canadian winter snow

Well, except my husband, who often had to shovel the long driveway we have.  A snowblower is on the list for one day.

But, I mean, what’s winter without the white fluffy stuff? The snow is what makes the cold bearable. Without it January is nothing but a month where we start dreaming what we are going to do in Spring, and hibernate until our fingers do not go numb while standing outside.

Anyways, all that to say, it’s one of those winters that you can find more time to read the classics.

Speaking of the classics, I didn’t really read any of them until I was an adult. I’ve literally read more classics with my daughter then I have on my own. I missed all those good books as a kid, so now I am soaking them up as an adult. And of course, many times the books have a movie or a series that was made after it. So then we watch that. I recommend NEVER watching the movie beforehand. Always read the book first.

While the classics are absolutely amazing books, they are also great books for kids. It’s amazing how a child’s vocabulary expands just by the books they read.

So, today I want to share what classics I think are great for reading, whether with kids or just yourself. You don’t want to miss out on these great books!

Also, let’s not talk about how the picture above says “7” classics worth reading yet the following list only contains 6.  That’s what I get for blogging too late at night.


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Little Women. I was going to say that this is my favorite classic, but then I thought of the other ones I am going to mention and realized I just can’t pick. However, Little Women is the book that, if you didn’t grow up with 3 sisters, it will make you wish you did. Actually, as I write this I suddenly have a desire to re-read this book. I know what I will be doing the rest of January!

Little House on the Prairie. These books are a series. Even if you haven’t read or watched the shows, you more than likely have heard of ‘Ma and Pa Ingalls’. This is the book that make you want to find a little off-grid house and live like they did.

Anne of Green Gables. I just finished reading Anne of Green Gables a few years ago and did it ever live up to all the hype. Anne, the main character is a lovable redhead who you will instantly fall in love with. Actually, it’s hard to not fall in love with any of the characters in this book, even the ones who are a little rougher around the edges. Since reading this book and watching the movie series I have a strong desire to go out to to Prince Edward Island to visit Green Gables.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, this is one that I actually DID read as a kid, as it was assigned to us in school. The previous three books I mentioned tend to not always keep the attention of boys. However, Tom Sawyer is a classic that is great for them. Of course, all these books are great for boys and girls alike, but boys seem to like Tom Sawyer more then the other ones.

The Lord of the Rings. Okay, I have to admit that I have not read The Lord of the Rings, mostly because I made the mistake of watching the movie first and I’m still a little scared of Gollum. However, my 11 year old daughter has been making her way through the trilogy this season and she is loving it. She carries around this massive book that is almost the size of her and she is so into it.  My husband really liked the books too.

The Chronicles of Narnia. Written by C.S. Lewis, this is a series. I have not read the whole series, but I’ve read a couple of them, and of course watched the movie that came out years ago. The first book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has been loved and enjoyed by kids of all ages for many years. Narnia is a perfect story to read when there is snow on the ground since much of the story deals with the threat of an eternal winter.  I’ve read it outloud once to my kids and will do so again when my youngest is old enough to appreciate it.

And there you have it. Some of our family’s favorite classics. Of course, there are so many more classics that are worth the read.  I just wanted to share today the ones that are favorites in our home.  What did I miss that is a favorite of yours that you think everyone should read?

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