Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Classic Literature & Fiction. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Rum Diary: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary —a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book—is Hunter S. Thompson’s brilliant love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent lust in the Caribbean. Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule, and anything (including murder) is permissible. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing books.

  • Author: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 20, 2011)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

2. Travels with My Aunt


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

A retired London bank manager is yanked out of the suburbs by his eccentric aunt for a “cheerfully irreverent” romp across Europe ( The Guardian ).   Now that the dullish Henry Pulling has left his job with an agreeable pension and a firm handshake, he plans to spend more time weeding his dahlias. Then, for the first time in fifty years, he sees his aunt Augusta at his mother’s funeral. Charging into her seventies with florid abandon, not a day of her life wasted, and her future as bright as her brilliant red hair, Augusta insists that Henry abandon his garden, follow her, and hold on tight.   With that, she whisks her nephew out of Brighton and boards the Orient Express bound for Paris and Istanbul, then on to Paraguay, and down the rabbit hole of her past that swarms with swindlers, smugglers, war criminals, and rather unconventional lovers. With each new stop, Henry discovers not only more about his aunt and her secrets but also about himself as well.   Pulsing with “the tragic and comic ironies of love, loyalty and belief” Graham Greene’s deceptive lark of novel was made into the 1972 film starring Maggie Smith ( The Times , London).

  • Author: Graham Greene
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (April 10, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

3. Song of Achilles, The


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

A New York Times Bestseller “At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art….A book I could not put down.” —Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House A thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War from the bestselling author of  Circe A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad . An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes. “Mary Renault lives again!”  —Emma Donoghue, author of  Room

  • Author: Madeline Miller
  • Publisher: Ecco; 37696th edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0062060624
  • Dimensions: 0.96 x 5.38 x 7.82 inches

                 

4. The Outsiders


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging. Cover may vary. No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far. The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published. " The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world." — The New York Times "Taut with tension, filled with drama." — The Chicago Tribune "A classic coming-of-age book." — Philadelphia Daily News A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award

  • Author: S. E. Hinton
  • Publisher: Speak; Platinum ed. edition (April 20, 2006)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0142407332
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.19 inches

                 

5. 1984 (Signet Classics), Book Cover May Vary


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever... • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read • “ The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. ” Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching... A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

  • Author: George Orwell
  • Publisher: Signet Classic (January 1, 1961)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0451524935
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.86 x 7.5 inches

                 



6. East of Eden


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Saga

                 

7. Dune


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling. Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for.... When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.  A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

  • Author: Frank Herbert
  • Publisher: Ace; Ace Special 25th Anniversary ed edition (August 26, 2003)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy

                 

8. To Kill a Mockingbird


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

  • Author: Harper Lee
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 1, 2002)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, United States
  • ISBN: 978-0060935467
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches

                 

9. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that J.R.R. Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues". From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature. The Fellowship of the Ring , the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe – hobbits, elves, and wizards – step colorfully into life. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

  • Author: Rob Inglis
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic

                 

10. Lord of the Flies


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Classic Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.   This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

  • Author: William Golding
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (December 16, 2003)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0399501487
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.57 x 7.5 inches