There are many benefits to reading classic books. However, sometimes even voracious readers will shy away from the classics. Despite the benefits classic books offer, there is still a perception that classics are challenging or boring to read.
One of the factors which make a book a classic is that it stands the test of time. This is why, decades after they were published, books like Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, and Wuthering Heights are still widely read and appreciated. Still not convinced there are benefits to reading classic books? Read on for 3 great reasons to add a classic to your reading list today!
1. Read classics to understand history and culture
Classics like Pride and Prejudice were written well over a century ago when the world was a very different place. One of the major benefits of reading classics is that they offer us a window into the history and culture of times gone by.
A classic book is more than just a retelling of history, it offers the reader a more personal way to experience events of the past. In turn, this gives us insight into what influenced and directly impacted the world we live in today.
2. Read classics to improve your language abilities
It's common knowledge that reading is great for your brain. Not only does research show that a reading habit can help fight dementia, but reading a lot is one surefire way to improve your vocabulary and communication skills.
When it comes to giving your vocabulary a boost though, classic books are the best. The authors of classic books like Jane Eyre and Les Miserables were masters at expressing complex thoughts using beautiful language. The benefit of reading classic books is that it will improve your ability to express yourself (and with great language) too.
3. Read classic to feel enriched
There's a reason why we continue to base musicals, films, and TV shows on classics—these books are enriching regardless of how long ago they were written. Classic books give us a greater insight into life, love, and many other important themes.
The themes found in classic books are also timeless and universal. Who hasn't considered the sobering effects of government surveillance that are found in George Orwell's 1984? Or experienced angsty teenage love of the sort found in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (although hopefully without the tragic ending)?
Classics are beloved by millions around the world for a reason. They enrich our lives and teach us about human history and the world around us. Not sure where to start? Check out these 5 classic books for people who don't read classics.
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