Reading classics will help you learn life lessons.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway.
Reading is more than a past time; it is the act of appreciating terrific literature. People often use lack of time as an excuse for not reading, however donating an hour of your time to a great book will only increase your mood, and can even make you more productive when it comes to other tasks. When deciding what type of book to read, the best place to start is the reading classics.
For example, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of the most influential books of all time. The story takes place during the Great Depression in the South. It is one of the best examples of racism and unjust punishment of the innocent.
Speaking of unjust punishment, another great example of this is “Les Miserables”.
Les Miserables is the story of a man named Jean Valjean who is an ex-con trying to earn his redemption into society during the French Revolution. Throughout the story, the reader not only learns about the main character, but is able to learn and understand all the characters and feel sympathetic towards them.
Revolutions and Wars have the ability to evoke strong emotions that are portrayed well through literature. A classic example of this is “Gone with the Wind”. This story is so appealing because of the rich history and the beauty of the Old South.
Other books relating to war-time like Erich Marie Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” about World War I, and Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”
about the French Invasion of Russia in 1805 are beautifully written to make the reader feel as if they are in the setting at the battleground fighting for their lives. Not only is the reader able to appreciate the book, but he or she will develop a better appreciation of life itself.
On a lighter note, if your taste in literature is on the adventurous side, you might enjoy books like “ “The Count of Monte Cristo”which has recently been loosely made into a TV series called “Revenge” and “The Three Musketeers” the story of a man named DÁrtagnan leaving home to be a part of the three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
“The Old Man and the Sea” is another great adventure piece about the struggle between a fisherman and the biggest fish he has ever caught. Not only is the story remarkable in the sense of the struggles at sea, but the friendship formed between a professor and apprentice is beautifully illustrated.
“The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoevsky is considered one of the most brilliant literary achievements of the “Golden Age” in Russia. Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin arrives in Russia after spending four years in a sanatorium. Just as he gets attached to a beautiful woman, his life spins into disaster and a world filled with money and power will not bring happiness.
“The Great Gatsby” by Scott F. Fitzgerald is the story of a young millionaire who is obsessed with a beautiful woman. Gatsby’s struggles become similar to Myshkin’s and lead to a dramatic ending hard to suspect. These books are beyond interesting and easily qualify as must read.
No matter what genre interests you the most, there are countless classic novels that will appeal to your liking. Find an enjoyable book, and create time to read it in a relaxing environment and you’ll find how helpful it can be in lowering your stress levels and making you a happier person in general.