Summer is quickly approaching, which means that many of us will be perusing the bookstands for some beach reading. Instead of numbing your brain with the latest grocery store checkout throwaway, why not reach for a romantic classic?
It will tug on your heartstrings, as well as enrich your mind. Many of us read these classics in school, but it doesn’t hurt to revisit them. In fact, these stories evoke more emotion and inspire more creative imagination than contemporary romance novels.
Below are five love stories everyone should read. Do yourself a favor and check them out.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Regarded as one of the finest romantic novels every written, Wuthering Heights is a passionate narrative about the love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Like most good love stories, this one leads to doom and tragedy.
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
This classic is set during the Russian Revolution and tells the story of a man torn between two women. Famously made into a film, the book should not be bypassed.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Yes, many of us were forced to write a high school essay on this one, but you might be surprised at how much you enjoy the novel as an adult. Witty, complex and passionate, Pride and Prejudice is arguably Jane Austen’s finest work.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
If you just have to take a steamy book to the beach with you, opt for DH Lawrence instead of Danielle Steel. The book was released to great scandal in the 1920’s, as it contained some very graphic scenes for its time.
Far from The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
This was Hardy’s most successful book. It covers the many loves and trials of the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, who seems to enrapture every man she meets. If you have some extra time this summer for some reading, the above classics are sure to offer some refined escapism. Truly, everyone should read these five books at some point in their lives and there is no better time than now.