5 classics to read this summer

Discovering Jean Leon

05/08/2019

We'd like to start this post with
a confession: we love summer. Why? Because it's the best time to enjoy café
terraces, to go on trips, plus the days are longer, which means we have more
free time to do the things we love. 

And because books are among the
things we love, we need a list of good summer reads. This is the season to get
carried away and read more books than at any other time of the year. All of our
picks have two things in common: they're all-terrain books—meaning you can read
them on the beach, on the train, or just before taking a nap—and they're
classics, the kind of books you should know and read at least once in your
life.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The book became an almost instant
bestseller and still holds the record as one of the most widely sold—over 60
million copies—and controversial books.

It is the story of Holden
Caulfield, a teenage boy from a wealthy family who gets expelled from school. Instead
of going home, he decides to spend a few days alone in New York, where he gets
into trouble at bars, with women, and with an old teacher.  At heart, Holden's story is about a very
intelligent and clever boy who has trouble relating to others and feels like
he's been born into the wrong time and place.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s novel explores a
recurring theme in fiction: the search for eternal youth. It all starts with a
painter who is captivated by the extraordinary beauty of Dorian, his young
model, and a pact with the devil to stay forever young and beautiful.

What makes this book so great, and
the reason we're recommending it as a summer read, is that despite all the time
that has gone by, its thematic content remains surprisingly fresh and
relevant. 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Among the many reasons to read
this book, one stands out from the rest: To Kill a Mockingbird is a
Pulitzer Prize-winning book, no small feat.

The story is set during the Great
Depression and told by Scout Finch, a six-year-old girl who lives with her
brother and her widowed father. 

Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer
who decides to defend an African American man accused of raping a white
woman. 

A literary exploration of
prejudice, racism, parallel trials, and vengeance in traditional American
society.

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

The title might sound familiar,
perhaps because Hitchcock made a movie out of the book. But even if you've seen
the film, we highly recommend you read the novel.

Its pages will make you feel as
though evil lurks in every corner... In a bedroom, on the road, or in the heart
of the stranger sitting next to you on the train. At least that’s the idea you
might get from Bruno and Guy's story, which begins when Bruno suggests they
make a pact to kill the other’s “enemy”. Bruno agrees to kill Guy's wife—who
betrayed him and might now hinder his promising future—if Guy kills Bruno's
father, whom Bruno hates. Guy turns down the proposal, but Bruno goes ahead and
does his part anyway. Then he confronts a horrified Guy and demands that he do
the same...

Emma by Jane Austen

Choosing a single Jane Austen
novel is challenging, and even though Pride and Prejudice could very
well be on this list, we finally opted for Emma, because of its comedic
tone.

The story begins with Emma, the
young unmarried daughter of the rich and distinguished Mr. Woodhouse, losing
her former governess to marriage and taking a humble girl called Harriet Smith
under her wing. Now Emma can pursue her favorite pastime: playing matchmaker among
her friends. All her efforts at romantic meddling, however, create a mess of
entanglements, misunderstandings, and confusion that puts the entire high
society of early 19th-century, provincial England to the test.

This concludes our selection of
summer reads, but the list could keep going... After all, few things are more
enjoyable than reading outdoors, especially when you add a light breeze and a
good glass of wine to the mix.

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