12 Classic Novels You Should Read in 2015

The new year is a wonderful time to embark on a new reading journey, and reading classic novels is a great literary resolution. If you’re not sure where to start, I have twelve suggestions that will see you through the year. Delve into these classics and explore science fiction, romance, mystery, and adventure.

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Middlemarch by George Eliot

A study of provincial life and the choices people make.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bad first impressions eventually lead to true love.


Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

A novel without a hero satirizing British society in the early 19th century.


Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

An eccentric man makes an unusual wager and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.


A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Romance follows a young woman home from Italy.


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

A tale of shipwreck, survival, and adventure.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Wrongful imprisonment, hidden treasure, and methodical revenge lead to an unexpected outcome.


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Love and betrayal in 19th century Russia.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

An orphan becomes a governess to the ward of a wealthy man.


A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Watson and investigates a murder.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Four sisters grow up and learn about life and love.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A mean, old man who hates Christmas learns to love the holiday and the people around him.

What’s your favorite classic novel?


  1. I like the idea very much – have got quite a few classics on my list to re-read, too.

    Isn’t it sad, though, that some cover photos are taken from the movies, especially the version that weren’t that good… One of the reason why I love good old clothbound tomes. 🙂

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  2. Quite a few of my favorite classics are already on the list (P&P, and the Count of Monte Cristo). It is a fun mix of one’s I reread, one’s I enjoyed reading once (Christmas Carol, Around the World in 80 Days), ones that sound lovely to read and even one I’ve tried again and again but just can’t get myself to like enough to finish (Jane Erye…)

    Such fun suggestions!
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  3. So many greats here on the list! I haven’t read “A Room with a View” in ages and would love to pick that up again… I love anything by the Bronte sisters, and would like to read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre again. True story: I was kind of named after Charlotte Bronte, my mom’s favorite novelist 🙂

    XOXO and hope you have a wonderful weekend, my sweet!
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  4. Hi from SITS! So many books. So little time. I’m such a slow reader, I’m lucky to get 1 book read a year. On my list is The Count of Monte Cristo. I love the movie.

  5. I just pinned this! What a great idea. Even though I have read some of these, it will be great to read one a month! Now I know what I’m getting with my Barnes and Noble gift card.

  6. I’ve been wanting to reread Little Women and Jane Eyre this year. A Christmas Carol should be read every December. I’d love to read Sherlock Holmes as well. Great list!