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Twelve Classics That Might Not Bore You to Tears

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For many of us, when we hear the term “classics,” we run for the hills. We envision old, stodgy, dust-covered books that we’re forced to read because for some reason or another, they’re good for us. However, old doesn’t necessarily mean boring. In fact, here are 12 classic novels available for free on our Overdrive page via Project Gutenberg that you might actually enjoy. If you want to read one of the classics, but aren’t sure exactly where to begin, try one of the following titles.

  1. Moby Dick, or, The White Whale – Herman Melville
  2. Around in World in 80 Days – Jules Verne
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnett
  5. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  7. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  8. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  11. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
  12. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

– Italo Calvino from “Why Read the Classics?”


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