The to Read and Not to Read of Classic Literature

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Hello, it is I, you classic literature nerd. If you’re new here, I run a podcast called Barely Bookish, which is all about classic literature and modern literature alike. These are books that you’ve likely been told you should’ve read by now or that you may have read in school. Rachel, along with a guest, reads a new-to-her book while discussing the plot, movies, retellings, and so much more.

If you’re a literature nerd or if you just enjoy a bookish podcast, welcome! If you’re using this instead of reading the books, I get it and I don’t judge.

Want to listen to the podcast? Check it out by clicking here.

Without further adieu, let’s get into all the books that I’ve talked about so far and if they’re worth reading.

Pride and Prejudice

This is absolutely worth reading. Yes. 100%. Please read this now if you haven’t already. I covered this book in multiple parts, but it’s so incredibly good that I think you’ll have a lot of fun listening to it. Also, our guest, Amanda Faye, is obsessed with Pride and Prejudice so you’ll definitely learn a lot from her whether you’ve read it before or not. Click the link below to listen to the very first episode of Pride and Prejudice.

The Call of Cthulhu

Ok. H.P. Lovecraft loves to under-describe things and call everything a cult. If you want some really good venting of old men, listen to the episode below. I’m really going to be defending Cthulhu here, but it’s a lot of fun. On terms of to read and not to read, it’s eh. It will honestly take you like two hours but I really don’t think you’re missing anything if you skip it.

Fahrenheit 451

This book is very short and pretty good. However, there’s not a ton of character development and it’s sort of bland? So, while I would still read it, this isn’t something I would hype up.

Little Women

To me, Little Women is overhyped. It is very much a kids book and nothing really happens. There’s lots of morals and not a whole lot of drama, so if that’s something you’re cool with, alright. Maybe watch the movie first and then decide. For me, though, it’s a skip.

I will be continuing to update this as I get through more classics, so be sure to stay tuned and check back!

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