I’m actually not a very picky reader. I read all kinds of books so I don’t narrow my preference to one kind of genre. Therefore, for today I will give reasons why I think and recommend that you should read classic literature. I love classics and some of my favorite books are from that genre—1984, Animal Farm, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Handmaid’s Tale, just to name a few.
Reason 1: Challenges the Brain
I love a challenge and am always up for it. Some classic literature are just not that easy to read and comprehend (i.e Shakespeare). I will admit I was frustrated reading Shakespeare in high school and honestly I don’t think I will ever read one of his works ever again, but during those times, I was eager to understand as much as I can.
Reason 2: Improve and Expand Your Vocabulary
When I started reading classics I encountered some words that I have never seen/heard or is rarely used in every day conversations. As a result I found myself taking out a notebook making a list of those unfamiliar words and afterwards looking in the dictionary for meaning. I like the fact that I was able to utilize those learned new words in my essays, reports, and in conversations–to the point where some of my friends have given me weird looks for it.
Reason 3: Learn About the Past
Classics teach you about history—whether it’s Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby or George Orwell’s Animal Farm while also keeping you entertained at the same time…well maybe not always….
Reason 4: Classics Offer Insight and Value
With their typically universal themes, classics have stood the test of time. Every time I read a classic I always find myself learning something new and valuable. They offer so much insight, have so much depth, and are almost always thought provoking. I mean there’s a reason why we analyzed them in English or Literature class.
Reason 5: They’re Cheap
Compared to most books, classics actually tend to be cheaper. So if you’re frugal, when it comes to books, you will most likely find a classic novel under $10 bucks at the bookstore. On another note I remember feeling so ecstatic when I purchased The Scarlet Letter and The Picture of Dorian Gray for only a total of eight bucks—and they were brand new too!
Reason 6: They’re Free
Since most classics are actually in the public domain, you can download them for free. Nothing is better than free books, right?
Reason 7: Almost Always Available at your Local Library
I hate being on a wait list at the library for books that everyone wants to read—popular fiction. Naturally, you will have a better chance of finding really old books. As a matter of fact the library that I go to has an ample amount of classic books and they have multiples copies too! No wait list for me.
Reason 8: It’s Always Quality Reading
It’s a classic for a reason. The ideas and the story has endured many decades or even thousands of years. You can be assured that when you’re reading a classic, you’re reading something of quality.
Reason 9: Movie Versions
I am well aware that right now the most popular movie adaptations of books are from the young adult genre; however, classics gets movies too! Some may be really old, but there are also remakes. Generally, I just love it when your favorite books gets a film adaptation. (i.e Pride and Prejudice, To Kill A Mockingbird, etc…)