100 Greatest Novels of the 19th century

 

The 19th century is considered as the golden age of literature. During the 19th Century, artists and writers gave up on previously accepted notions of art and literature and adopted various styles and made art more productive and attractive. Among all the books written in 19th Century Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Eliot, and Dickens stand out. When it comes to reading, we always turn towards the new and the exciting. However, the previous books written before us are an essential part of reading as they give us a wider perspective of things.

 

Bouvard and Pecuchet

Common things lead to the first interaction of Bouvard and Percocet who soon realize that their similarity extends to almost everything except for their frame. This forms the basis of their friendship which is the major theme of the story. This friendship grows strong, and when Bouvard owns a fortune, both of them leave their jobs and move to the countryside for a better life where they could focus on farming and the turn of events after that changes the course of the story.

Read it For:
To time travel at that time and live it with Gustave’s characters.
Don't Read it For:
Its medieval timeline may not appeal to all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The structure of the story is elaborative and can be used for literary analysis.

Barchester Towers

After the death of the bishop, everybody expects his son to take up the position but here is a twist where a new bishop enters the city and claims the position. In a turn of events, Mrs. Proudie makes herself and the new bishop unpopular amongst the people shortly after his arrival in the new city. You will have to read it to know what happens next.

Read it For:
It talks about the old church systems which the interested readers may find enlightening.
Don't Read it For:
The plot is too complex and is based on the elaboration of simple events.
What makes this book stand out?:
The old style of storytelling which is liked by many.

A Doll’s House

Set around Christmas eve where old friends meet, and secrets spill out as they talk to each other about the various events of their lives. This serene beginning is just the contrast of the eventful ending making A Doll’s House so renowned among readers. The story is worth reading for the message of respecting your partner and never thinking of them as inferior to you.

Read it For:
It is a simple story with a much bigger meaning to it if read and understood properly
Don't Read it For:
The story can be pretty plain for few readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
It breaks the age-old notion of the dependence of a lady over a man and her bearing everything for a happy existence of their family.

Tartarin of Tarascon

The story of how a zero becomes a hero. Tartarin is a resident of Tarascon who is too dreamy and too lazy, the worst combination ever. He tells tales of places he has never been to and things he has never done, which the people listen to in the hope that he would take the trip actually someday. One good day he decides to leave for the desert, where is robbed and he kills a sacred blind lion for which he is later charged.

Read it For:
The story is the story of how a good for nothing transforms into a hero of his village.
Don't Read it For:
If you are looking for adventure and big events, this book might not be to your liking.
What makes this book stand out?:
The turn of events which make Tartarin a hero, a worth reading
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A Study in Scarlet

This was the first book where readers met their favorite fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Dr. John H. Watson describes the first time he met the famous detective and how they come together to solve their first murder case. Dr. Watson recites how he was amazed by this young man’s Science of Deduction and his knack for solving dead-end cases where everyone has given up.

Read it For:
The way Sherlock solves the case and establishes himself amongst the audience.
Don't Read it For:
This book might not engage readers who do not like mysteries and thrillers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The first book gives you an official entry to the Sherlock Club.

Fru Marie Grubbe

The book was a masterpiece in the Danish literature for the upfront and outgoing portrayal of a  woman character which did not go well with the conservative society. The story was about a woman named Marie Grubbe, a woman of fifteenth-century who natural instincts overpower her social instincts and lead to her downfall in the conservative society.

Read it For:
A story of self-liberation and an outcry to the conservative society and rigid social norms.
Don't Read it For:
It might be tough to finish the book in one go due to its narrative style.
What makes this book stand out?:
You might think of it as yet another book about individualism, but it stands out in its approach towards the story.

Nightmare Abbey

Nightmare Abbey is the name of the house in which Scythop along with his father Christopher Glowry who are eccentric fellows and have same kinds of friends who keep visiting them and adding to their troubles with their whines and doubtful suggestions making it altogether a take of misery and misfortunes.

Read it For:
The eccentric characters who have even eccentric names will add fun to the story in their own ways and keep the wheels going.
Don't Read it For:
The characters can sometimes be accused of self-loathing and way too dramatic.
What makes this book stand out?:
The amazing names of the various characters which define their nature and their role in the lives of Glowries.

The Three Musketeers

D’ Artagnan aspires to become a Musketeer, but to his good grief his polite sword training and gentlemen manners do not help him in any way. It is well said that where there is a will there is a way and thus he meets the three musketeers Athos, Porthos and  who train him and also help him win the love of Bonacieux

Read it For:
This is one of the best from Alexandre Dumas.
Don't Read it For:
You can enjoy this novel to the fullest if you are not acquainted with “swashbuckling novel” which is a special kind of novels.
What makes this book stand out?:
Adventure, Romance, and Intrigue it gives all the best elements that go into the making of a novel in one place.

Bel-Ami

Bel-Ami is a story of how Georges Duroy a person who had only three francs in his hand at a time becomes a leading journalist following the path of corruption and treachery, cheating even the ones who trusted him the most and using manipulation to gain power.

Read it For:
This is one of the best from one of the best in this category.
Don't Read it For:
The plot deals with a lot of events where the protagonist behaves immorally and cheats others to gain power.
What makes this book stand out?:
It presents the dark, harsh reality as it is

The War of Worlds

Dockworker is looking forward to the weekend because he will get to spend time with his children Rachel and Robbie who stay away with their mother. Their relation is tensed, and Dockworker looks at this weekend as a perfect opportunity to make up with them but to their dismay, a strange series of events take place in the area, and there is a probable alien invasion.

Read it For:
The plot is extremely interesting on how the father tries to protect his children from the aliens.
Don't Read it For:
Science fiction is a literary genre that does not suit everybody’s taste.
What makes this book stand out?:
The emotional element along with the aliens is a unique combination.

The Tennant of Wildfell Hall

The two protagonist of the story Gilbert and Helen who converses through letters. Helen has run away from her drunkard husband because she wanted to give her son a better life. Gilbert gradually befriends Helen’s son and falls for Helen who is also attracted to her, but Helen is legally married.

Read it For:
The lovely love story of Helen and Gilbert.
Don't Read it For:
It might test your patience with its slow pace.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is told through the letters and deals with the viewpoint of the protagonist alternatively.

The Last of Mohicans

The novel trails the transport of two daughters of Colonel Munro, Alice, and Cora to a safe destination in Fort William Henry. The caravan is on its way through a forest where it is attacked by the Indians, and there are a series of events which reflect the racial distinction system in that time America.

Read it For:
The novel will give you a better understanding of the American Racial system in the earlier times.
Don't Read it For:
The events take place a bit too fast.
What makes this book stand out?:
This novel has been one of the most popular English-language novels ever since it was first published.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

This book talks about two brothers George and Robert of which only the elder one, George is accepted by the father. The second one prone to religiousness follows the footsteps of his mother and devotes himself to God’s service at the same time in his heart raging the fire of hatred against his brother and father. A terrible series of unfortunate events leads to the murder of George, and the blame is put on Robert. Is he the real murderer?

Read it For:
The psychological plot twists in the book keep you engrossed
Don't Read it For:
It is a really dark book and not for all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The characters and the story structure is amazing.

The Moonstone

A British officer seizes a flawed gem in India and takes it back to London as a family fortune, but he does not know yet that the gem is cursed. He bequeaths the stone to be inherited by his niece when she turns eighteen, but the moonstone goes missing just before her eighteenth birthday and everybody at the estate is under suspicion. Sergeant Cuff takes it to hands to solve the case of the missing moonstone

Read it For:
The many subplots where everybody tries to save the thief in their own ways because he is not guilty and was in some trance.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not a believer in the supernatural powers and curses you might not like the book
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot twist of the cursed gem which goes missing.

The Awakening

Edna is married but she longs for something, she is not happy from within. When she meets Robert Lebrun she feels that she has got everything she wants to be happy, she falls in love with him. She tries to distract herself but cannot suppress her feelings. The time spent with Robert gives birth to a new Edna who does things that her husband had always considered uncharacteristic. Join her in this journey of rediscovering herself

Read it For:
The individual liberation journey of the protagonist who has the courage to answer the calling of her heart and bear the consequences
Don't Read it For:
This book might not go down well with people who are rigid.
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot is none like others and goes against the social norms of duties associated with a female.

Far From the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba is a damsel and has no fortunes until she inherits her uncle’s property after his death and becomes rich. She refuses to marry someone just because they are suitable for her until she falls in love with someone though she has been proposed twice by two young gentlemen. In her search for the love she goes way too far leading to a disastrous series of events.

Read it For:
It can be a good read for the hopeless romantics and the ones who like drama.
Don't Read it For:
If you do not have a liking towards drama, you might not want to read the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The dramatic turn of events which lead to Bathsheba marrying Gabriel.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Written by Jules Verne in 1870, it is a tale much ahead of its time. It tells the story through the eyes of three accidental underwater travelers who are hosted by a mysterious Captain Nemo. The books also provide the description of a Submarine-like thing, and this was much before the submarine was actually invented.

Read it For:
The book is full of events and never will make you feel as if you are sitting idle.
Don't Read it For:
The book can be very boring to read due to its narrative
What makes this book stand out?:
The adventures of the protagonist and their travelogue is really interesting.

Diary of a Nobody

Mr. and Mrs. Pooter move to a new home in Brickfield Terrace, Holloway and henceforth commencing on 3rd April of a certain year you get an entry into their loves for good fifteen months. The books talk about various events that occur in their life, and the events can be too many at times to handle, but nevertheless, those who like such pieces of literature will like the book.

Read it For:
To know more about Pooter and his family
Don't Read it For:
The events can really be a nuisance at times while reading the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
You would have read books about famous people, but this is a book about a nobody.

The Mill on the Floss

Tom and Maggie are siblings growing up at Doricote Mill, their family’s property for generations. Their life is normal until their father loses the lawsuit from the Wakems and they go bankrupt. The further turn of events is only sad and disheartening where the children are withdrawn from the school and made to work to pay a family debt.

Read it For:
For the fans of classics, this is a treat
Don't Read it For:
This is not the book for the ones looking for a happy ending
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a tragic drama and the way Mary keeps fighting her feelings constantly just for the sake of the family

Little Women

The center of the story are four sisters Meg, Josephine, Beth and Amy who live with their mother and their father is away at the Civil War. The family may lack in finances, but their mother makes sure that they have enough values and are grateful for whatever they have. The fur-girls have different temperaments, while Meg is homely and dominating, Jo is free minded and athletic, Beth is quite an emotional, and Amy longs for luxury. The story revolves around their life as they grow up to belittle women.

Read it For:
The beautiful journey of the sisters as they grow.
Don't Read it For:
It is a lengthy book and may test your patience
What makes this book stand out?:
The different temperaments of the sisters and how each of them becomes a woman f her own kind.

Persuasion

The tale of three sisters Elizabeth, Anne and Mary of which only the youngest Mary is married to Mr. Charles. It is an account of their everyday lives and the problems they encounter, going under their skin and also discussing their innermost desires and passions which they keep only to themselves to abide by the social distinction system and also to keep pretending to others that they have a picture-perfect life

Read it For:
If you are a Jane Austen fan and have a taste for English Family drama, this book is a treat for you.
Don't Read it For:
This is another piece from Austen’s collection talking about passion and love divided by class distinction.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way in which Anne finally marries Captain Wentworth, the love of her life.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

If you were either Tom or Huck then you’re life can never be normal. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly and half-brother Sid in the town of St. Petersburg. He and his best friend are a troublesome duo who are a little too much to handle for everyone in the Town. The book talks about their adventures with both of them as the protagonist, and they will never bore you.

Read it For:
The many twists and turns in otherwise ordinary life.
Don't Read it For:
Some of Tom’s mischiefs might not go down well with you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book also explores other aspects of their being, like Tom’s romantic liking towards Becky and how he proves his love for her.

Mansfield Park

This novel tells the story of Fanny Price who hails from a poor family, so she is sent to live with her aunt who is much wealthier than their family. She goes there and is treated as an inferior being by all except Edmund, due to her financial status. In time this friendship grows and takes the form of love. Meanwhile, all the other characters are going through their own shares of love and breakups. Will Fanny be able to rise above the difference created by the society in the form of financial stature?

Read it For:
If you like multi-character stories, you will like this book
Don't Read it For:
Old English family habits and lifestyles can become a bit superficial at times
What makes this book stand out?:
the story doesn’t just talk about the main character but gives importance to other characters too.

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell created a mark with her book Black Beauty because here she presents an autobiographical memoir of a horse named Black Beast. The books talk about the journey of this horse in various stages when he is with his mother, when his master trains him, when he is sent to the city and how he goes back to the country again. Meanwhile, he also befriends a mare named Ginger who hates humans due to some earlier interactions.

Read it For:
The exceptional description of the world through the eyes of a horse.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not prepared to be gushed by an upsurge of emotions.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is different in its narrative style

The Sign of Four

It is the second of the four novels, Doyle wrote about the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The plot is set in India. Mary’s father goes missing, and she has no clue. She contacts her Father’s only friends in search of some clue, but to her dismay, her Father is already dead. Moreover, she has been receiving a pearl every year since 1892 from an anonymous benefactor. It’s time for Sherlock to step up into the plot and solve the mystery

Read it For:
Sherlock Fans always enjoy their hero’s missions to solve mystery which have been troubling everyone
Don't Read it For:
If you do not like mystery and thriller and have not read the first book yet, you may not like it
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot is different than the other books.

Eugénie Grandet

Eugénie Grandet is a quiet tragedy that unfolds in the town of Saumur. Eugenie Grandet lives with her miser father who hides his fortune from his own daughter and wife.

Read it For:
The novel is an interesting take on the impact of money on people and the social relationships they foster.
Don't Read it For:
There is little to no character development in the plot. This makes the characters look like caricatures, thus losing their ability to feel connected to.
What makes this book stand out?:
Balzac discloses many interesting aspects of human nature and our want for materialism taken to the extreme and the impact it has.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and sensibility is another classic novel published in 1811, and written by Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility can be best be described as a romantic drama about the experiences of two sisters with love and the eventual realization that sense needs to be blended with sensibility if they have to find true happiness.

Read it For:
The nuanced way of writing with which Austen writes her books is more interesting than the plot itself!
Don't Read it For:
it may seem too dramatic for some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
A distinguishing trait in Austen's writing is her female characters, they are strong-willed, who are put into tough emotional situations, and the way they deal with it is what makes the book stand out.

Pan

Pan, is an 1894 book by Danish author Knut Hamsun. It follows a lone hunter and his experiences with love and the dark aspects of the human mind through this lyrical novel.

Read it For:
Knut has a unique way of breathing life into his characters that keeps the reader hooked to the end.
Don't Read it For:
The critical analysis of love made by Hamsun in this story may not sit well with readers who enjoy a good drama.
What makes this book stand out?:
This novel is a painfully true depiction of the despair of young love.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Told in a distinguishingly brilliant way, The Picture of Dorian Gray is the story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

Read it For:
The depth with which Oscar Wilde has written about human nature through the character of Dorian Gray is beautiful.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may not be comfortable with the premise of the novel.
What makes this book stand out?:
Oscar Wilde through this book, rips the dark side of human nature apart and lays it bare in front of the reader. Goosebumps and excitement at the same time!

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is the fascinating, yet compelling story of a young governess trapped in a cruel twist of fate, while being in the fiery throes of love as she uncovers the tragic mysteries of Thornfield Hall when she is hired by its brooding, proud owner, Edward Rochester.

Read it For:
The author has a way with her words as she writes the compelling tale of Jane and her experience at the Thornfield Hall
Don't Read it For:
There are instances of abuse in the plot, which some readers may find disturbing.
What makes this book stand out?:
The character development that Jane Eyre goes through is amazing and very realistic

Silas Marner

Silas Marner tells the story of an exiled miserly man who has been living a solitary life in a town. Everything changes when he adopts a young child who changes him for good.

Read it For:
It is a beautiful story of a man beaten by faith and transformed by the fascinating power of fatherly love.
Don't Read it For:
The first half of the story talks in excruciating detail about his miserly ways, which may unsettle some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The moral of the story is simple yet, told in such a sophisticated and intricate way that it leaves a lasting impression on the reader’s mind and heart.

The Count of Monte Cristo

The story “The Count of Monte Cristo” is the story of revenge of a man named Edmond Dante. Wrongly imprisoned for something he didn’t do, Dante returns as the rich Count of Monte Cristo to get revenge on the men who were responsible for his unjust incarceration.

Read it For:
The writer’s depiction of Dante’s pain and his resolve to get revenge is satisfyingly portrayed.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may find the book descriptive in places, and long.
What makes this book stand out?:
Alexandre Dumas has a distinctive writing style which separates him from many contemporary authors.

The Betrothed

The Betrothed is a novel published in 1827 by Italian author Alessandro Manzoni. It tells the story of two lovers who are prevented from marrying by a petty tyrant, who desires the girl for himself

Read it For:
The novel has been called the most famous and widely read in the Italian language. It deals with a variety of themes throughout the progression of its plot.
Don't Read it For:
It is noted for its detailed description of the plague that happened in Milan, around 1630, which may unsettle some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
Manzoni’s depiction of the tyrant Don Rodrigo and the interpersonal interaction between the characters is extraordinarily descriptive.

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities takes place before and during the French Revolution. It follows two men in different cities, each of them raring to go to each other’s cities. One to escape an unstable system and the other to reunite with family.

Read it For:
It is one of the two historical novels written by Charles Dickens.
Don't Read it For:
It is pretty descriptive in some parts unlike Dickens’ other works, which may seem too long to impatient readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author has brilliant expertise in his way of building stories, weaving different themes into one fabric to make for an enthralling storyline.

Nana

Nana is the ninth installment of the 20 volume series, Les Rougon-Macquart, of French naturalist author Emile Zola. It follows Nana Coupeau and her rise from a streetwalker to a high-class prostitute set against the backdrop of the last three years of France’s second empire.

Read it For:
The story is a powerful tale of a woman living in the harshest conditions in society, rising to power through a sheer sense of individuality and the ability to exploit her unfair advantage.
Don't Read it For:
The story’s premise of a streetwalker turning to prostitution may not sit well with some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The word usage and description by the author are just brilliant!

Erewhon

Erewhon is a novel intended to be a satire, written and published in 1872, by Samuel Butler. It describes a utopian society with the fictional civilization of Erewhon, satirizing beliefs popular in 19th century England.

Read it For:
Erewhon as a novel can be described as interesting and full of thought-provoking ideas.
Don't Read it For:
That said, it does not have a strong plot and rests almost entirely on its satirical premise.
What makes this book stand out?:
The depiction of the fictional civilization of Erewhon is fun and is presented in an upside-down perspective in writing, having the reader explore just how civilized, civilians truly are.

Three Men in a Boat

Three men in a boat is a fun and entertaining account of three friends, Jerome, Harris, and George, along with their dog, Montgomery while they are on a boating expedition. The novel was an instant hit when it was published in 1889.

Read it For:
The humor in the book is hilarious, to say the least. The accounts of Jerome, Harris, and George is sure to leave a lasting smile on your face.
Don't Read it For:
The author sometimes sacrifices realism for comedic effect
What makes this book stand out?:
Jerome K. Jerome has amazing comic timing with his words that is sure to leave the reader with a grin every few minutes into the book while reading.

Ivanhoe

Published in the early 19th century, Ivanhoe was Sir Walter Scott’s first novels to incorporate a fully English topic along with blending the two starkly different genres of history and romance. It is a gripping narrative of a knight and his conflicts in a quest to win his love.

Read it For:
Walter Scott skillfully takes the medieval times and separates the fun parts from the boring ones to give the readers a taste of how exciting the age was.
Don't Read it For:
Readers who don’t enjoy historical fiction may not find the plot enticing enough.
What makes this book stand out?:
Ivanhoe is a staggeringly gripping story set in the medieval times as its backdrop. The characterization is nothing short of amazing.

Effi Briest

The plot of Effi Briest follows the story of Effi, who is married off to Geert von Innstetten, a workaholic government worker who is also twice her age. Set against the architectural backdrop of Germany, it is an enchanting tale of a socially acceptable but emotionally terrible match.

Read it For:
The way Fontane writes the plot of Effi Briest had the reader hooked and turned the pages one after the other.
Don't Read it For:
Although, it is the main focus of the plot, the age difference between the characters portrayed may be disturbing to some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The ironic narrative does a brilliant job of depicting the narrow-mindedness of the society which stifles the freedom of sexuality and free will.

Fortunata and Jacinta Perez Galdos

Set against the aesthetically beautiful backdrop of Spain in the 19th century, Fortunata and Jacinta tell the story of two women who are in love with the same man, one has his mistress, and the other as his wife.

Read it For:
The character portrayal made by Galdos of all three characters is painfully realistic, while also giving us a glimpse of Spain in the 19th century.
Don't Read it For:
The topic of mistresses that the author dabbles in may not go down well with conservative readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
Galdos’ tale of two women in love with the same man stands out in its character portrayal as all three characters are vastly different from each other, giving us subtle hints of the environments they were raised in.

I Malavoglia

I Malavoglia takes the reader back in time, right into the 17th century, in the beautiful city of Sicily in Italy, where they’re introduced to the Malavoglia family. Giovanni Verga was a realist author, and through this novel tries to give the reader a glimpse into the times in Italy in the 1600s.

Read it For:
The realistic depiction of how Italian or human society, in general, was concentrated into the powerful hands of the rich, select few is brilliant.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may find it too depressing.
What makes this book stand out?:
I Malavoglia is an interesting book giving us a sneak peek into the life and times of Italian people in the 1600s.

Jude the Obscure

The last finished literary work of Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure was originally published in 1895. The book tells the story of Jude Fawley, a common working class gentleman who has the dream to become a distinguished scholar, along with that of his failed relationships with two women, Arabella Donn and Sue Bridehead.

Read it For:
The literary expertise applied to the writing of this book can only be explained as splendidly amazing.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may find the writing style too depressing.
What makes this book stand out?:
If the true mark of a writer is to make the reader feel the deepest emotions through words, Thomas Hardy does it right with this book.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, written and published in the mid-1850s. The plot of the story opens up with two men, Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley discussing the sale of slaves to settle Mr. Shelby’s debt. Mr. Shelby decides to sell Tom, and Harry, the son of his wife’s favorite slave, Eliza.

Read it For:
The character portrayal of Uncle Tom is nothing short of brilliant, and the plot of the novel was unique for its time.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may not like the premise of the story, as it tackles with issues of Black slavery in America.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is considered one of the greatest in American history for its brave portrayal of the slave trade in those times.

North and South

North and South, as the title tends to point at, is the story of a woman who is uprooted from a life of comfort into a relatively less fortunate neighborhood by circumstances. Although initially repulsed by the ugliness of her neighborhood, she gradually develops a passionate sense of social justice and strives to help mill workers.

Read it For:
The writer uses aptly fitting words to create art with words.
Don't Read it For:
The story is set in Victorian England, which many readers may not be familiar with.
What makes this book stand out?:
Elizabeth Gaskell tactfully fuses individuality with a sense of social concern into the same character, making the story a compelling read.

The Magic Skin

The Magic Skin is a novel published in 1831, by the French author Honore de Balzac, who is often considered the founding father of modern realism. The story begins with a young man going into a gambling hall, despair plastered across his face, clearly revealing that gambling was his last resort.

Read it For:
The writing in the novel is absolutely incredible.
Don't Read it For:
The writer tends to leave the main thread of the story often, which may be an annoyance to some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The depictions of emotional and fortune-based uncertainty is remarkable, to say the least.

Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne

Around the world in eighty days is an entertaining story of an inventor who takes a rash £20,000 bet to prove that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days. Armed only with his determination to not lose, this one makes for an interesting story as Phileas Fogg makes a run for it, experiencing various cultures and having adventures along his 80 days travel around the globe.

Read it For:
The word usage makes the book a very lively read, to say the least.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may the premise of the book mildly childish.
What makes this book stand out?:
The character portrayal of Phileas and the adventures he has have been described with such skill that it makes the reader feel immersed in the adventure.

Dracula

The original classic, Dracula, written in 1897 by Bram Stoker, tells the story of a young English lawyer who travels to the Eastern European country of Transylvania to sign in on a real estate transaction with a nobleman, named Count Dracula.

Read it For:
The presentation of the novel, in epistolary form, was considered new for its time.
Don't Read it For:
The fantastical depiction of fictional creatures from lore, existing in the real world may seem nonsensical to readers who enjoy realism in books.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a classic and can still give you goosebumps at every turn of the page!

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet letter is a stunningly dramatic account of how one act of sin changes the lives of three people, and most of Hester Prynne, a young beautiful woman who conceives a child out of wedlock, but refuses to name the father of the child.

Read it For:
The story is gripping and keeps the reader hooked right to the end of it.
Don't Read it For:
It deals with certain issues like coitus before marriage, which some readers may not be comfortable with.
What makes this book stand out?:
Hawthorne’s deep analysis of the effect alienation from society has on the human soul is worth a look-see.

The Jungle Book

The story is about a boy in India named Mowgli who is raised in the jungle by wolves. He returns to his people and as a young boy comes back and makes friends with Baloo, a bear, and Bagheera, the panther. Mowgli also has a rivalry with Sher Khan, the tiger, and main antagonist.

Read it For:
This classic story which has been illustrated in movies and series for multiple times.
Don't Read it For:
The author teaches values through the use of animals as lead characters to teach children. This is a great book. It doesn’t have major defects in it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is simple yet really extraordinary as it never seems to bore its readers.

The Origin Of Species

Years of research into evolution and natural selection has resulted in this book. Despite its age, it is highly regarded by science societies everywhere.

Read it For:
Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection, one of the most accurate and timeless theories of life and nature.
Don't Read it For:
The book itself is way ahead of its time back then. It is not simple to find flaws here so don’t bother. All positives here.
What makes this book stand out?:
Scientific accuracy and explanation by the author making it understandable to all readers

Heidi

Story of Heidi, an orphaned young girl who is left in a small village with her grandfather, up in the mountains. She loves the life on the countryside but is later forced to move to the city with the aunt who had left her with her grandfather in the first place.

Read it For:
The description of the Swiss mountains, the Alps and the story of this little young girl who goes through love, life, and friendship.
Don't Read it For:
Read it. It is a must-have for all book lovers out there. The character of Heidi is one to love and adore throughout the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is actually a German novel. Its success has led it to be translated into over sixty languages worldwide. That should tell you everything about the success of the book.

The Invisible Man

This is a fictional story of Griffin, a scientist who is obsessed with the ability and possibility of becoming invisible. He successfully manages to make himself invisible and loses his mind

Read it For:
The story actually answers the question of what it would be like to be invisible. It is a fantasy put into a book but more realistic than you would think.
Don't Read it For:
The tale is a classic. You should read it. There are no writing or story issues here at all
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is unique because of its story. It really does put s clear image to the question of the possibility of invisibility in the hands of mankind.

Our Mutual Friend

This is the last book by the great writer. It is the tale of money and the presence of it among people who have it abundantly. There are a large number of characters and murder of John Harmon, whose body is found in the river Thames.

Read it For:
The story which has Dickens write about the darkest parts of man’s soul.
Don't Read it For:
There are quite a lot of characters in this book making it a bit confusing. Other than that, there aren’t any major drawbacks.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is quite unique and stands out for the story and the hidden message it gives to the readers.

The Return Of The Native

Eustacia Vye is a young woman who lives in a place called Egdon Heath. She longs to get away from home and go to live in Paris as she doesn’t see her home as a place for peace while she longs for something new or someplace new.

Read it For:
The book which is a classic itself and the story’s characters too along with a twist of love in the mix.
Don't Read it For:
Enjoyable for readers who are into classic books.
What makes this book stand out?:
The intensity of the story and its drama.

Adam Bede

The story is set during the times of Napoleon and is about Adam Bede, a carpenter in love with Hetty Sorrel. She is easily susceptible to seduction and what follows is the results of betrayal and heartbreak, among other things.

Read it For:
The story is a classic and comes highly recommended and stated by the popular literary figures at that time.
Don't Read it For:
It is an interesting and enjoyable book. The ending is something that makes it odd. The other positive features make up for it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story and its characters are tackled with conventionality and conservatism of society at that time. Furthermore, you also have some other aspects that you will find out when you read the book.

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

This is a book containing seven of the best short stories written by the author. It is written in favor of feministic ideals, and the stories themselves are enjoyable.

Read it For:
The short stories and also the characters’ situations which make it realistic and relatable.
Don't Read it For:
the book is one which addresses issues on feminism at that time. It is really a pioneer for doing so, but it does not have that much complexity as you would expect.
What makes this book stand out?:
The main story which is also the title of the book. Theo the stories are good too

The Prince and The Pauper

Two boys in England are born on the same day and even bear a slightly similar appearance. However, they are born in different socio-economic conditions. They meet and exchange outfits to live for some time in each other’s shoes.

Read it For:
The story is interesting and is somewhat of a fantasy for readers. Just reading the description makes it exciting.
Don't Read it For:
It doesn’t have all the features it promises. Some parts of the story are a bit sadistic and deluded.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is timeless and can be read by readers of today too.

Faust

Faust is a scholar who makes an agreement or deals with the devil for living the life he always wanted in all the glory, even if it’s just for a moment. He gets what he wants, for a temporary amount of time.

Read it For:
The classic story and interpretation of sacrifice for desire and dealings with the devil
Don't Read it For:
It is a good classic. You will enjoy it as an entertaining yet captivating read.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book puts the fantasy of the whole idea of making deals with the devil into words. It makes readers actually think about their desires and wishes.

Northanger Abbey

Catherine Morland is a woman who is too good to be true. She has all the desirable characters and traits, yet they are too deluded for her own good. The book is itself a satire at gothic books of that time.

Read it For:
The change of the character from one person to another throughout this book is something to look out for
Don't Read it For:
the author. If you do not like Jane Austen, you won’t enjoy her books, however well written and received they are.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is good for the transition of a decent, young girl to a woman who she wants to become. Also, the story is quite remarkable.

Time Machine

Written in the first person, a time traveler goes eight hundred thousand years ahead of his own time to a time where Earth is coming closer to its end. He encounters two dominant races present on Earth at that time which reflect the two types of characters of mankind.

Read it For:
The fictional creativity of the author. It is really astonishing along with the story of time travel to the future.
Don't Read it For:
The middle section of the book can be a bit of a drag.
What makes this book stand out?:
The imagination of the author for writing this which is way ahead of any other science fiction books of that era.

McTeague

Set in the 1890s, McTeague is a dentist in San Francisco practicing without a license. His friend Marcus Schouler is also a dentist who works under a veterinarian. They fall for the same woman yet only one of them marries her, and the drama that follows is interesting.

Read it For:
The story which tells readers about life in urban parts of America
Don't Read it For:
The ugly face of greed that is shown here.
What makes this book stand out?:
It focuses on greed, as an addiction by people. Here it is shown as the character’s actions and behavior.

The Red Badge of Courage

A story of courage in war. Henry Fleming is a soldier and abandons his battalion during battle and runs to a nearby forest. There he sees other wounded soldiers and goes wandering further. He hears that his battalion won the fight and went back a courageous man and fights for them the next time to prove himself.

Read it For:
The path of bravery in a war that is faced by soldiers.
Don't Read it For:
It might get boring if you do not have an interest in classic books like this.
What makes this book stand out?:
Changing the perspective of war in the eyes of readers

The turn of the screw

A governess is charged with the responsibility of taking care of two children in a mansion. She later sees that there are terrifying demons that are lurking nearby and come closer, for they want the children. The odd part is that even the children have no fear of the dead and want to go nearer as much as them.

Read it For:
An exceptional story on horror.
Don't Read it For:
The writing method of the author
What makes this book stand out?:
The creativity of its time is unique

Captains Courageous

The son of a rich millionaire falls overboard from a luxury ship and finds himself on a fishing boat. There he must work like the other fishermen. This is a book which is comical and yet thrilling.

Read it For:
The story which is quite interesting once you start reading it
Don't Read it For:
The book is simple when it comes to books on the sea. Otherwise, it is quite good.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story which is entertaining and quite funny.

Flatland

Square is a mathematician who has a world of two and three-dimensional shapes. This is a book that combines mathematics and science.

Read it For:
The science and mathematics combined with fiction.
Don't Read it For:
If you do not enjoy math, this truly isn’t for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is unique because of the way it is written for its age. The story and concept alone make it unique.

Lorna Doone

John Ridd is the main character of this book and falls in love with Lorna Doone, for whom he is willing to do anything. They fall for each other from childhood to maturity and John is determined to finish his dispute with Carver Doone

Read it For:
The classic love story and the description of the English countryside.
Don't Read it For:
The characters aren’t appealing to the readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
Fiction along with a well-written description of the background of the book.

Tom Brown’s school days

A classic book for children set in the Victorian era, it tells the story of the adventures of Tom Brown in his school days

Read it For:
The story of the public life of the main character in the book and the description of Christianity and the type of life they lived during that time.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not as intense as the television series. It appeals to a few with a specific taste in books.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being one of the first few books to be written about school life and the adventures of students.

Venus in Furs

Severin von Kusiemski is a man who craves to be dominated by his woman. He finds this character in Wanda von Dunajew who makes him her slave. Here she is dominant, and he is the dominated.

Read it For:
The role reversal where the woman is under control and the male lead character is submissive to her power over his life.
Don't Read it For:
The shallow portrayal of sexuality in this book making it look sadistic at times.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book was one of the top books on sex at the time. It also has very good descriptions in the beginning

Flowers in the mirror

This is an ancient Chinese book and is a rarity today. It speaks of gender equality for women, Chinese history, philosophy and more.

Read it For:
Interest in Chinese literature and fiction.
Don't Read it For:
The fact that there are better and simpler books with similar topics today.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is one of a kind for the time it was written, and the magic and mystery of the book makes it unique.

Cousin Bette

Bette has to live among her wealthier relatives in Paris: Her cousin Adeline, Baron Hulot and their daughter Hortense. The man she loves has been promised to Hortense hence she plots to end and destroy the family for her own greed and jealousy

Read it For:
A classic story on life in Paris during the 1840s.
Don't Read it For:
the story which leaves you with a sour feeling because it is a revenge story.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is quite colorful and creative giving you an idea of the life in Paris at that time.

King Solomon’s Mines

Allan Quatermain leads a search party for a brother of one of the adventurers in his group. They go through Africa’s mainland, and their discoveries are what follow this novel

Read it For:
The story is adventurous and creative.
Don't Read it For:
The Victorian age of mentality shown by the characters of the book here.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a good story which has a treasure hunt, a rescue and everything else that makes it a novel.

War And Peace

This novel is considered as one of the most notable achievements of Leo Tolstoy and the world literature. It is a long novel and is based on the invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte into Russia. The story follows three characters from different sects of the same country (Russia) and how they become the most compelling characters in the literary world.

Read it For:
The scenes, characters have been etched out with proper vision and the clever nature of the author is seen in many instances.
Don't Read it For:
It is a 1200 pages novel, which is the only drawback.
What makes this book stand out?:
A mesmerizing read and an emotional rollercoaster throughout the line.

The Brothers Karamazov

It is a widely and critically acclaimed novel known for its roots in philosophy, spirituality, and judgment of faith and doubt. It is based upon Patricide, which essentially means killing of a father by a son. All in all, the story is driven by the father-son relationships of the characters.

Read it For:
An engrossing piece of work and enthralls the reader with a simple murder mystery topped with deep philosophical thinking.
Don't Read it For:
Not a light read. Requires a lot of focus and concentration to keep the story in mind.
What makes this book stand out?:
The clarity in using morals and applying in the truth revealing moments says it all

Madame Bovary

The debut novel of one of the most influential writers, Gustave Flaubert. It was banned for some time because of the obscene content. The story follows the life of a mediocre named Charles Bovary, who faces his own set of setbacks in life. One of that undiscovered setback was his wife Emma, on whom the title of the novel is given. She cheats her husband with various men and in the end suicides by eating poison.

Read it For:
A mind-boggling book. Reveals the loss of happiness experienced by the people in the west and how it is enough to completely destroy their lives.
Don't Read it For:
Considered as abject misery by some of the readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The hungry character of Emma keeps the readers intrigued throughout.

Crime and Punishment

The story is themed upon Utilitarianism and Rationalism with major influence on the psychological view of this world. The protagonist is a poor student who believes that by stealing a pawnbroker of her money, he could lead a life free of poverty and full of luxuries. But the plan turns out different than he had imagined.

Read it For:
An empowering read. Opens another door to the bad deeds performed by humans for their benefits
Don't Read it For:
A bit lost at some points.
What makes this book stand out?:
The thrills in morally justifying yourself that you are right when you know it is not true. The different perspective it brings out is commendable.

Anna Karenina

Anne Karenina is a realist fictional novel written by the famous Russian author. The novel follows the protagonist Anna Karenina who is a married noblewoman. She has her affair with a famous Count, and the plot thickens from here. It explores a vast range of topics and themes, some related to politics other to human nature.

Read it For:
It outlines and depicts the author’s beliefs, struggles and life events.
Don't Read it For:
This is another lengthy book of around 1000 pages, although it still remains interesting.
What makes this book stand out?:
An amalgamation of the realist point of view and modernist point of view, making it stand out from the rest.

The Red and the Black

One of the most appreciated literary works of the writers. The title has a profound meaning that the color red refers to the secular side of the character and black refers to the clerical side of him. The story portrays the hard work and passion of a man to overcome the moderate social strata.

Read it For:
Ahead of its times. Appeals to the modern people with an open mindset.
Don't Read it For:
The characters have not been developed completely.
What makes this book stand out?:
The pinnacle of psychological and historical writing, portraying the thoughts and thinking of a person who wants to rise above his upbringing.

Moby-Dick

Written in the era of American Renaissance, it follows the story of Ahab, captain of a heavy ship and his intentions of revenge against the white whale named Moby Dick who bit his feet while on a voyage.

Read it For:
One of the best books that depict the experiences of the sea and the relationship between man and whale
Don't Read it For:
Some scenes are strange at times. The conflict seems weak by many authors.
What makes this book stand out?:
The parallel scenes written at points are an impeccable piece of work. The character of the protagonist makes the storyline more intriguing.

Middlemarch

This novel is set in the made-up Midlands town in the land of Middlemarch and has many stories developing simultaneously. The stories have an intersecting point and have a variable amount of characters. There are many themes including the position of women in this era and the type of marriages that occur in that era.

Read it For:
It is regarded as one of the best works in English literature and of this author.
Don't Read it For:
Some instances and information are difficult to believe.
What makes this book stand out?:
A memorable read. It will haunt the readers to read more. Also, the relationship between the old man and the young woman has brought out a great drive to the line.

Pride and Prejudice

A novel turned into a feature film, is based on the relationship between an arrogant and egoistic man named Mr. Darcy and a young but not so rich girl who falls in love with him. The story follows that how they come together breaking the walls of pride and prejudice.

Read it For:
A great love story about how to eradicate your internal conflicts and ego to come together with a loved one.
Don't Read it For:
Some scenes seem melodramatic
What makes this book stand out?:
An impressive storyline which can be found in the humans of today and how we need to overcome the fragile pride in us for a higher purpose named love.

Le Pere Goriot

It is a French novel that portrays the interconnected lives of three main characters: a law student, the elderly doting Goriot and a criminal with an unknown name. It is written from a realist point of view and has a gripping plot following Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo.

Read it For:
The developed characters and the attention to detail are commendable characteristics of the book, which is unlike many other fictional books from the author.
Don't Read it For:
Critics have condemned the author for the greed and corruption.
What makes this book stand out?:
The recurring characters and the realism themed out in this novel is exceptional in its own way.

Germinal

This novel is considered to be the masterpiece of the author Emile Zola. The title itself means germination and new growth. It is about the realistic and not so light story of a coal miners’ strike in northern France in the mid-1800s. The plight of the working class which is often overseen has been beautifully brought out in this historical work of art.

Read it For:
The modern approach of the author depicting abuse and domestic violence is commendable.
Don't Read it For:
Due to the same reason, some critics rate it as explicit at some points.
What makes this book stand out?:
The new life and the seed of hope of the characters, in the end, are widely acclaimed by many critics.

Wuthering Heights

The only novel written by Emily Bronte. Widely regarded as a milestone in English literature. The protagonist named Lockwood comes to Wuthering Heights and forms a deep relationship with the place and its people. It later follows the trysts with destiny and how they shape the rest of the plot.

Read it For:
The critics regarded it as a masterwork of power and imagination with the characters who are savage and selfish in their own sense.
Don't Read it For:
It created a bit of controversy at its release because of the portrayal of mental and physical cruelty.
What makes this book stand out?:
The horrors and depravity are actually a plus point for this novel.

Great Expectations

A truthful novel with a variety of scenes taken from the author’s experiences. It follows the character named Pip who is an orphan and the way he grows his personality and his skills to compete with the world outside. The novel is full of extreme imageries of poverty, imprisonment on the ships and fights against death.

Read it For:
It was universally acclaimed by almost all the critics and the readers due to the strong storyline and the easily relatable characters.
Don't Read it For:
Some parts of the story seem monotonous.
What makes this book stand out?:
The excellence in storytelling and the life of a teenager with extreme ups and downs stand out the most.

Dead Souls

The meaning of the term ‘Dead Souls’ is the landowners in Russia who bought peasants to themselves, and those also worked for their owners. This novel directly attacks the narrow and non-democratic mindset of the capitalists in the country. This is done through the medium of protagonist Pavel Ivanovich and the people who he meets throughout his journey.

Read it For:
The themes it uses like fake significance and loss of humanity is not only true for Russia but for other people as well.
Don't Read it For:
It ends in a mid-sentence, so it is difficult to know whether it is abrupt or not.
What makes this book stand out?:
The portrayal of the author’s thoughts and opinions on human freedom has been done beautifully through the protagonist

Emma

It is about a young lady named Emma, who is rich, pretty and unmarried. The character of Emma has been one of the best and most acclaimed characters introduced by Jane Austen. Emma likes to take pleasure in spoiling romantic relationships. Things go wrong when she decides to arrange her protégée’s marriage with someone.

Read it For:
The conflict deeply influences Emma, and her resolution is something worth remembering.
Don't Read it For:
The story is not intense according to some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The character of Emma is very much relatable to almost all of us.

The Idiot

This book is one of the most remarkable books in the history of Literature. The title of this book is referred to the protagonist of the book whose kindness and open-heartedness makes people believe that he is silly and not sharp, which is not true.

Read it For:
An artistically newest idea of a story and the character is one of the most positive and conflicted personas portrayed in this era.
Don't Read it For:
Structure is inconsistent at points
What makes this book stand out?:
it gives the actual experience of the mind, and how it fights against our various tensions and problems, this situation is pretty direct and not related to any speculation.

Bleak House

This novel is a mixture of twist and turns. It is about a couple and their daughter, which they think is dead and who is actually not. On the other hand, Lady Dedlock had a lover before their marriage. This story is narrated in the third person and sometimes through the first person view.

Read it For:
A twisted plot which is composed of another plot and the character portrayal stands up to the mark.
Don't Read it For:
It is quite long indeed about 965 pages.
What makes this book stand out?:
The sudden suspense revelations throughout the line leave the readers hungry for more.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This novel is the sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, who is the friend of Huckleberry Finn. This novel details out the scenes and characters along the Mississippi River. It uses sarcasm to point out the racist stereotypes used in the country at that time and now too.

Read it For:
Bringing out the hidden attempts of slavery to eradicate it from our society.
Don't Read it For:
Criticized for racial remarks and the use of the word “Nigger.”
What makes this book stand out?:
The way it shows the fight between our unquestioned but incorrect conditioning in the society and the way our minds think what is right. In the end, the sound mind is victorious.

Oblomov

It follows the character of Oblomov who is a sluggish and lazy person. He barely moves outside his house throughout the story, and obviously, he cannot take any other significant decisions. This book directly points out to the belittle mentality in Russia at that time and how it needed to be driven out.

Read it For:
The stages of adulthood and how they attract the times of our childhood is just an illusion is what this book brings out.
Don't Read it For:
It was criticized earlier for pointing out in such a direct way.
What makes this book stand out?:
The character of Oblomov is something every human being would relate to.

Hunger

It is somewhat a depiction of the author’s own life which suffered from poverty. It shows the illogical working of the mind that happens to most of us and the humor pointed out at it.

Read it For:
How the unknown protagonist comes to his own destruction by giving more than he had to the society and ultimately falling into the trap of Hunger.
Don't Read it For:
The resolution was not favored by most critics and readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
For bringing out the fact the way we create our own destiny and when it goes wrong, we blame it on god.

Sentimental Education

The novel shows the journey of a romantic named Frederic Moreau who is in love with an older and married woman and how he gives into the fancies of romance. It is based on the time of French Revolution. The protagonist is often moody and falls in and out of love with his lady love. Also, he loses interests quickly when it comes to choosing his professions.

Read it For:
It is literally significant for ideating such a type of storyline during that era.
Don't Read it For:
Has been criticized by some critics on the grounds of dullness, although this opinion doesn’t stand amongst the readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
About the jittery passions that might have occurred with many people in life.

The Portrait of a Lady

It is about a young and energetic lady named Isabel Archer who is busy fighting and figuring out her destiny. She rejects the marriage proposals although she is even drawn towards one of the proposers. Actually, she is completely satisfied with her independence and freedom and does not want to sacrifice it for anything else.

Read it For:
A fierce character motivates us for our own free will and how independence can be freeing at times.
Don't Read it For:
The scenes sometimes have not been etched out clearly
What makes this book stand out?:
A critically acclaimed novel for touching this valued theme under feminism – free will.

Les Miserables

Originally written in French, this novel was later translated into other languages because of its mesmerization. It outlines the city of Paris, the nature of law and graciousness, along with moral philosophy. It points out the religious and moral flaws that are being followed blindly.

Read it For:
The best-written piece till date; no critic denied its effect. The plot used to portray the above themes is a great story overall.
Don't Read it For:
It is long around 2700 pages.
What makes this book stand out?:
A unicorn in the writing era. It stands out for depicting our true human nature, and not the fake yearnings that have been inculcated.

A Hero of Our Time

This novel follows an anti-hero named Pechorin who is Byronic in nature. He is both sensitive and cynical at the same time. He is shown to be a kind of misogynist as his encounters with women does not have any respect, whereas things take a turn when he meets Vera, who loves him in spite of his flaws.

Read it For:
The superfluous attitude of the character is something which everyone has experienced at some point in their lives.
Don't Read it For:
Not for readers who have not encountered superfluous nature.
What makes this book stand out?:
The futility and lack of meaning in our lives are what drives us to the truth, and this is what is exceptional in this read.

Dom Casmurro

Portraying dark comedy through its tone and storyline, this book is considered a milestone in the realist literature. The narrator is an envious husband who thinks he might have been betrayed by his wife with his friend. He grows to be a paranoid and lonely person who has lost all the good nature due to his trust issues.

Read it For:
The sadness and the dark humor portrayed is highly commendable due to its writing style.
Don't Read it For:
The atmosphere is always dark because of the imageries and setting.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the pinnacles in Brazilian literature, as claimed by many critics. The adultery shown in this book is something we should know as a part of human nature.

Hard Times

The town of Coketown is dominated by the facts provided by Mr. Thomas Gradgrind. His daughter falls in love with a businessman and marries him. And his son rebels against everything and becomes a robber. Somehow, through various encounters, Thomas realizes the value of human heart.

Read it For:
The book is impressively written and progressive.
Don't Read it For:
The book lacks excitement
What makes this book stand out?:
The story beautifully depicts clockwork heart of Mr. Thomas, finally realizes the value of human heart

The Mayor of Casterbridge

This is the story of a man called Michael Henchard, who in a fit of drunken rage, sells his wife and baby daughter to a circus. In the next few years, he establishes himself as a man to be respected, but a shameful secret always looms in the shadows.

Read it For:
A classic read which shows the character of a man and how he deals with himself.
Don't Read it For:
The book is somewhat disturbing
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful progression of a man’s character from nothing to some respectable person is nothing short of beautiful.

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