Further reasons for you to explore the classics. Four more fabulous reads to check out!
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy. My husband told me this was one of his favorites growing up. I had bought it offhandedly at Half-Price Books years ago during a phase where I was fascinated with the French Revolution (still am) after readingMarie Antoinette’s biography. I only finally read it last year and loved it so much. It reads like a movie, meaning it moves at a good pace, with enough great plot twists to keep you interested. It pretty much covers the gamut as far as genres, mixing adventure, romance, history and mystery. The basic idea is that there is a secret hero among the French who is rescuing their fellows from the guillotine during the Reign of Terror. I cannot say too much because it will completely ruin the beauty of the surprises. Trust me on this one.
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. This is another nod to the beauty of Serial Reader. I would never have picked this up, but oh man, it made me laugh out loud! I actually read parts of it to my husband because I had to share the absolutely perfect spot-on humor. There is not one story here, but multiple, and I did not know that when I went into it. I am not a big short-story reader, but this collection had me rolling. It was like reading slapstick humor before it was popular or put in movies… because that’s exactly what it is. The stories mostly center around a well-to-do “trust fund baby” type bachelor and his butler, Jeeves. Almost as hilarious as the stories themselves is the actual British jargon. Phrases like “Capital!” and “Right Ho!”, calling other guys, “chappie” and “blighter”. It just makes me happy. Also it makes me want to talk like a turn-of-the-century London bachelor.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Okay, I’m getting serious with this one. It isn’t light-hearted or full of hilarity, but it is beautifully written and so thought-provoking. One of those books where you can see history in the making as you read. I cannot even really say what I loved so much about it, but it did grip me. Now, I will tell you this book is not fast-paced and it actually took me probably 50 pages at least before I could honestly say I cared. But by the end, you realize the brilliance of it all. Even reading a plot summary doesn’t really do it justice because it is simply a rich book. It may not be for everyone and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to kick off your foray into classics, but it should be read.
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. OH MAN. I enjoyed this book SO much! This was yet another book I read through Serial Reader, and again, read ahead of the downloads because I did not want to put it away. This is also a very family-friendly read, so if you are one who likes to read to your children, I would highly recommend. It does have some old jargon that might not come across to the kiddos so well, but the story is so charming. Basically, rich, introverted, non-adventurous Phileas Fogg sets off with his valet (butler/servant, what-have-you) to travel around the world in 80 days on a bet! The other catches are, he has to arrive back home in London at 80 days on the dot, and he has $20,000 to use. There is a detective following him the entire time who is convinced that he has robbed a bank to acquire this money, and so ensues a little slapstick humor. There is also, surprisingly, a little love story! It is a really endearing adventure story with lovable characters, good humor and charming plot twists. It was such a nice surprise reading this book.