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What's a good classic for my first read of the year?

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Spieluhr Sun 30-Dec-18 12:20:58

I started 2018 with Great Expectations which I adored so I'd like to start 2019 with another classic, but which one?

I'm considering another Dickens as I love his books, but I'm open to other suggestions, though preferably not quite so long as War and Peace and not too depressing.

TIA for any suggestions.

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MrsArabin Sun 30-Dec-18 13:59:14

Not that I'm biased or anything fsmile but how about some Trollope? The Warden and/or Barchester Towers are excellent.

I know some people struggle with The Warden and suggest reading the two together but I really like it and it is very short for a Victorian novel.

LauralovesLuke Sun 30-Dec-18 14:00:25

Great Gatsby <3

bellinisurge Sun 30-Dec-18 14:15:22

Rebecca. Does that count?

rightreckoner Sun 30-Dec-18 14:17:17

Woman in White ? Vanity Fair ?

Timeandtideandbutteredeggs Sun 30-Dec-18 14:46:55

The American by Henry James

Welshwabbit Sun 30-Dec-18 14:52:08

Bleak House is hands down my favourite Dickens. If you're looking for something a little more modern, how about Edith Wharton? The Age of Innocence is a good one.

SergeantPfeffer Sun 30-Dec-18 20:59:37

Another vote for Age of Innocence, I love Edith Wharton.

taleforthetimebeing Sun 30-Dec-18 21:02:25

South Riding - Winifred Holtby

SallyWD Sun 30-Dec-18 21:06:41

Wuthering Heights

PawneeParksDept Sun 30-Dec-18 21:08:27

If you're going with Dickens, David Copperfield

If not Anne Bronte's underread underrated Tenant Of Wildfell Hall

Fabulouslyfatatfifty Sun 30-Dec-18 21:09:06


LEMtheoriginal Sun 30-Dec-18 21:12:56

I walked past bleak house today - they serve cream teas dont ya know? Seems a little inappropriate tbh.

My favourite book is crime and punishment. Its not at all heavy. I am a slow reader and finished this in a werk

Callmecordelia Sun 30-Dec-18 21:13:53

Bleak house is my favourite Dickens too. Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone or The Woman in White, are both fantastically good reads.

If you fancy something a bit longer, how about George Eliot - Middlemarch? Or Vanity Fair?

BikeRunSki Sun 30-Dec-18 21:15:21


MacavityTheDentistsCat Sun 30-Dec-18 21:17:23

The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins)

billybagpuss Sun 30-Dec-18 21:17:57

Count of Monte Cristo.

partystress Sun 30-Dec-18 21:19:29

Tess of the Durbervilles or Jude the Obscure. Tissues vital though.

parrotonmyshoulder Sun 30-Dec-18 21:22:43

I’m feeling inspired by you to do this too, as a break from the fantasy I’m addicted to on my kindle.

For you, I suggest The Count of Monte Cristo, if you haven’t already read it.

I think I will take the suggestion of Barchester Towers.

itsboiledeggsagain Sun 30-Dec-18 21:24:21

A room with a view - I read it today

DangoDays Sun 30-Dec-18 21:24:45

Tale of two cities

Bloomcounty Sun 30-Dec-18 21:25:51

The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy.

AndromedaPerseus Sun 30-Dec-18 21:27:15

Persuasion the most mature Austen

MawkishTwaddle Sun 30-Dec-18 21:27:21

Jekyll and Hyde. Brilliant.

MacavityTheDentistsCat Sun 30-Dec-18 21:27:42

If you fancy something with an international flavour then perhaps Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) or One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (Alezandr Solzhenitsyn). Or perhaps a play? Maybe Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman or Ibbsen's Hedda Gabler?

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