Your Classics Reading List for Autumn & Winter
With the darker nights closing in, there’s nothing better than sitting in your favourite chair and getting started on a book. Whether its pages are dog-eared from multiple reading sessions or you’re beginning a fresh new story, there’s a real magic to delving into the fictional world of an author’s imagination.
Reading has been shown to have all kinds of wonderful effects on your health and wellbeing, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 classic books to read (or maybe re-read) tucked up under a blanket next to the fireplace.
For smiles: Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Autumn is the perfect time to visit Anne (don’t forget the ‘e’) Shirley on the gorgeous Prince Edward Island. Anne herself says, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” It may be considered a child-friendly book, but enjoying this charming story certainly isn’t limited to children alone.
Enjoy the charisma of independent Anne, her charming ‘bosom friend’ Diana and cheeky love interest Gilbert in their adventures that start as children in the first novel and follow them through to adulthood in its sequels.
For a classic thriller: The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
You might be very accustomed to a cliff-hanger at the end of TV episodes these days, but the 1800s version was novel instalments published in serial form. The Woman in White was one of the most well-known of these. Printed between 1859 and 1860, it’s an intricately plotted story and is written as a chain of ‘witness statements’ from multiple characters.
It draws on Collins’ legal training as a way to unravel a crafty conspiracy against innocent women by two aristocratic fiends. It falls under the genre of ‘sensation novels’ and will keep you reading long past your planned bedtime to find out what happens next.
For a gothic classic: Jekyll and Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
With the darker nights, you can enjoy a bit of gothic mystery with Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous novella. Also known as ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ it tells the story of a legal practitioner, Gabriel John Utterson’s investigation into unusual activity around his old friend Dr Henry Jekyll and the disturbing Mr Hyde.
The story comments on the duality of good and bad within the soul of everyone and the danger of not being in control of the conflict.
Bringing the outside in: The Call of the Wild – Jack London
During the colder and darker evenings, you’ll probably want to spend a bit more time indoors and less in nature itself. So, why not bring the outside into your imagination by reading The Call of the Wild?
The story follows the adventures of Buck, a St. Bernard–Scotch Collie mix who is kidnapped from his home in California to become a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes increasingly primitive and wild in the difficult surroundings – eventually embracing his primordial instincts.
For happily ever after: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
It’s a truth universally known, that a reader who enjoys a happy ending, must be in want of Pride and Prejudice! It may have been adapted into a thoroughly enjoyable television series, but there’s nothing quite like the magic of reading Jane Austen’s most famous novel.
Whether you’re reading it for the first time or the tenth, you’ll adore the winding story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy’s romance. You can decide for yourself who is pride and who is prejudice – or do they both have a little of each inside them?
We hope our favourite classics have inspired your reading list this season. If you’d like to find a sumptuous and, most importantly, comfortable place to sit back, relax and enjoy a great novel, take a look at our top 10 reading chairs.