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TheDuchessOfKidderminster Wed 26-Jul-17 10:41:07

I've just bought a Fire and using my Kindle app for the first time & it's been a revelation how easy it's been to sneak in a bit of reading whilst the kids are about! I'm currently reading The Great Gatsby and would like to read some more of the classics that are freely available from Amazon. Any suggestions? Particularly ones that aren't too taxing, although having said that I don't mind reading 'difficult' books if they're worth the effort!

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Pancaker Wed 26-Jul-17 12:53:48

War of the Worlds
Original Sherlock Holmes

FadedRed Wed 26-Jul-17 13:02:24

I enjoyed rereading the Louisa May Alcott 'Little Women' and the other three books in that series, also the 'Katy' books. There are about eight in the 'Katy' series, so five more than I thought.
I'm currently reading Mansfield Park, I thought I'd read it years ago, but beginning to think I didn't. (My hands are itching to give Fanny a good slap though, she is a bit pathetic.)

Sadik Wed 26-Jul-17 14:03:58

What about Mrs Gaskell? North and South and Mary Barton are my favourites - great stories, plus you learn so much about the way people lived at the time.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Wed 26-Jul-17 14:11:52

Classic children's books can be a good halfway house - well written enough to feel "adult" but not too taxing! So things like:

The Little White Horse - Elizabeth Goudge
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden - both by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anything by E. Nesbit

I'm currently reading The Grapes of Wrath - a straightforward read and very interesting. You could also try Of Mice and Men andTo Kill a Mockingbird, much beloved by English curriculums everywhere...Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is good.

Try the short stories of Oscar Wilde - beautiful, fairy tale-like, very moving.

iseenodust Sat 29-Jul-17 21:17:09

Black beauty
A tale of two cities

TheHiphopopotamus Sat 29-Jul-17 21:21:14

Pride & Prejudice

And also I rediscovered 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' through the free Kindle classics (by the lesser known Brontë, Anne). It's an interesting Victorian feminist novel, but also an easy-ish read.

Gunpowder Sat 29-Jul-17 21:22:14

Wilkie Collins! The Woman In White and The Moonstone.

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