Classic Fiction books contain so many glorious worlds and adventures within them. It gets me excited just thinking about the possibilities.
I have a hefty goal to read 30 books this year. It’s a big undertaking. But I’m up for the challenge! Included in those are many classic fiction books.
Reading has always been a great love of mine. One of my biggest tributes to books hangs on the wall in our entryway. But, over the past year or so, it’s taken a backseat to needed things, like motherhood and our new homeschooling adventure. If I’m honest though, it’s also been taken over by too much TV and scrolling the internet. Frankly, I miss it. And I miss the “me” reading brings. I truly have a different attitude and look at life when I read versus when I don’t.
The opportunities I did take to read over the past year included a lot of autobiographies and non-fiction. Each is important for different reasons, but I miss my fiction.
The whimsical tails spun from someones heart. As cliche as it may sound, it brings me back to a simpler time. It reminds me of my youth.
I’d read anywhere. You could find me outside in my play fort with a good book. Or in the barn, flipping pages on top of a pile of hay while my horse munched contently in the stall beside me. And who doesn’t love to be snuggled up on the couch under tons of blankets, hours passing and hardly moving from your spot? I was also notorious for reading a book well into the wee morning hours. Always thinking “Just one more page” until my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer.
And it was glorious. I cried, I laughed, I grew with each story.
“A book tells more than one story . . .”
Visiting the library to exchange out books was the best. I’d go down the rows, gently touching each title along the binder, waiting for something to quip my interest. The smell will forever and always bring me peace. The yellowed pages crinkled from the turns of readers past. A book tells more than one story. The underlines from previous readers, the notes in the margins. Books are part living . . . but I digress. That’s not exactly what I wanted to share. But then again, maybe it is?
Do Classic Fiction Books have a place in the life of a mom?
Everyone has their own opinion, and some may find that in a busy adult life fiction has little room. But for me, that answer doesn’t work. Reading triggers and expands the brain. There’s science on it. My point is, there is no waisting to be had in a book.
Fiction helps to ease the heaviness that life can bring as an adult. It triggers our brain in ways nothing else does.
“Research shows that regular reading improves brain connectivity, increases your vocabulary and comprehension. It empowers you to empathize with other people. To get outside of yourself.” – Healthline.com
Someone over on Instagram asked me the other day if and what fiction I read. It’s so important to me, I felt it needed a whole post as an answer!
And here we are.
Below I’m sharing a few fiction book ideas with you. Some I’ve read, some I want to read, and some I’m in the middle of at this very moment. And even if none of these spark your interest, I encourage you to search and explore the fiction world. You’ll find something you love! And if you think my list should be added too, let me know in the comments!
Classic Fiction Books to read
Just as a heads up, I enjoy whimsy and mystery in my books, and that’s reflected in these picks. Again, if these don’t spark your interest, search and experiment with different genres and you’ll find seeming you enjoy!
The Great Ladies
This is such a excelent box set of some solid classics for all women. And the fact that they’re stunningly put together makes me swoon all the more. I’m a sucker for good packaging. These are amazing to read, and also pretty to decorate with. I’d call that a win win.
How many movies and series have we all watched that have been made from these books? Yet how many of us have actually attempted to read them? I’m a lover of mystery and suspense, and this book set is one I’m about ready to bust into . . . once I finish the three I’m currently reading!
A little tip: I have found many classics shopping at Costco. Be on the lookout as their titles change often, and every once in a while you can find some real gems!
The Chronicles Of Narnia
Maybe you’re thinking these are just for the young, but again, I would beg to differ. Yes, these books were ones I read and re-read during my youth. But I’d just as soon open and devour their contents today. So many special nuggets to glean from these pages. I can’t wait for both my kids to be old enough to enjoy them as well.
The secret Garden
Another treasure from my past, it’s one I remember more than many others. The mystery and magical-ness of a secret garden behind a hidden door is something I’d love to re-create in my own garden someday!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice is either a character and story you love or hate. I’m a lover of this crazy tail and enjoy it even today!
Obviously non of these titles are specific to just mom or women, and Mark Twain wrote to the adventurers spirit in all of us.
The Wind In The Willows
Sometimes you don’t need a heavy, long read. Something short and fun is easier on the busy mom brain. This book is one that an adult, and also child can enjoy! It’s an enchanting adventure!
Complete Fairy Tails
Another book on my list of must-reads, includes classic tales of fairies and princesses, ducklings and dancing. Many short stories fill the pages of this Children’s (and adults) classic.
Can any of us get enough of Jane Austen? Her books are popular favorites for a reason. And, I think most of us are slightly enamored with the southern England backdrop of her stories.
Gone with the Wind
A true classic that will be enjoyed for hundreds of years to come. The characters are ones you’ll fall in love with this page-turning novel. The writing pulls you in and even if you’ve watched the movie, it will leave you on the edge of jyour seat until the last page is turned.
I know there are so many more books that could be included in this collection, but it’s a start! Again, I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments and I look forward to putting together more of these book recommendations. Especially ones I’m looking forward to my kids reading.