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Reading classic works of fiction is one of life’s great pleasures. And for true bibliophiles Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles If you're always on the lookout for great book recommendations, these podcasts will keep your “to read” list full, and offer some insightful commentary into the lives of authors everywhere. Read More , it’s a pleasure that can rapidly deplete your bank account.

Fortunately, copyright laws being what they are, there’s a gold mine of classics that have outlasted their authors just long enough to be downloaded completely free of charge. So if you want to read more books 5 Tips To Read More Books Every Year 5 Tips To Read More Books Every Year There are just so many amazing books out there. To never have finished at least some is a regret waiting to be felt. Forestall it by reading more and reading smart with the following tips. Read More without spending any money, this list is made for you.

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Children’s Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

Alice in Wonderland

Alice eagerly delves into a rabbit hole of imagination, meeting some of the quirkiest characters in literature, from the Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts. This is Carroll’s parody of Victorian society, and the complications of children growing up.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Be transported back to the Mississippi towns of Twain’s own childhood. The exciting adventures of Tom Sawyer are full of nostalgia for an innocent childhood, mixed with the tension of a worldly reality of poverty, superstition, and slavery.

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Grimm’s Fairy Stories (Jacob Grimm)

Grimms Fairy Stories

This classic children’s book is a home to the world’s most famous fairy tales. From Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, to Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, among many more.

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Peter and Wendy (J. M. Barrie)

Peter and Wendy

Barrie’s imagination has brought joy to millions of children around the world. His tales of the boy who never grew up, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, and, of course, Wendy, offer a perfect world in which to escape to.

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Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift)

Gulliver's Travels

When Lemuel Gulliver is cast adrift, he has to fight for his survival against a number of groups of strange and surreal societies. These societies are Swift holding a mirror up to ourselves Deep Down We're All Monsters. That's Why Social Media Is Great Deep Down We're All Monsters. That's Why Social Media Is Great We all know that social media updates aren't always authentic, but what's actually happening to our identity as we post that update to Facebook, or send that video over Snapchat? Read More , our own principles and values, and our own crude behaviors.

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Literary Classics

A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)

A Tale of Two Cities

A twisting and complex tale of London and Paris during the period of the French Revolution. This is a novel intertwined with sly humor, masterful prose, and a gang of Dickens’ most loved characters.

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Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)

Les Mis

An instantly popular novel showcasing the dark underbelly of 19th century Paris. Hugo makes clear his criticisms of the French political system throughout this dense web of larger-than-life characters and plot twists.

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David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)

David Copperfield

This tragi-comic novel was the novel Dickens’ was most proud of. This is a story of a lowly peasant on a mission to become a successful novelist, passing through the lives of innumerable fascinating characters on the way.

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Dracula (Bram Stoker)

Dracula

A renowned Gothic horror, in which Stoker sets the benchmark for what vampires should be for modern authors. This is a tale of Count Dracula’s migration from Transylvania to England, in search of fresh blood.

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The Call of The Wild (Jack London)

The Call of The Wild

Based on London’s philosophy about life’s struggles and nature’s power, The Call of The Wild is an enduring masterpiece. Follow Buck, the central canine character, on his journey from luxury to slavery as he is passed between masters to endure conditions he could never have imagined.

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The Iliad (Homer)

The Iliad

Written over 2000 years ago, The Iliad is one of the greatest war stories ever told. Through this sprawling epic, Greek mythology is interwoven with intense character development, as the Greeks make a final attack on Troy.

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The Odyssey (Homer)

The Odyssey

The Odyssey is in effect the sequel to The Iliad. This is an epic poem following the moral and physical endurance of Odysseus after the Trojan War, on his adventurous journey home.

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Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

Great Expectations

Pip’s desire to become a wealthy gentleman sees him caught up in crime, guilt, revenge, love, and “great expectations”. This is not only a story of rags to riches, but also one of moral redemption.

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Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

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This dark, exciting allegory tells the story of seaman Marlow as he searches through the heart of Africa for the infamous ivory trader, Kurtz. Shining a glaring light on how Western civilization gained its power, this short novel forces us to question our values and principles in a fundamental way.

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Ulysses (James Joyce)

Ulysses

Ulysses is a modernist novel, telling the story of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus in Dublin, 1904. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a book that is as elusive and difficult as it is rewarding.

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Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Don Quixote

Known as being the “first modern novel”, this is an experimental tale of the adventures and misadventures of knight-errant Don Quixote and his squire. Influential to hoards of great writers, this 1000-page novel is well worth the effort.

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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Pride and Prejudice

A witty tale of love, fortune, and flirting between the ever popular Mr Darcy, and Elizabeth Bennet, as the latter struggles with the manners and morality of the early 19th century landed gentry.

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Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

Robinson Crusoe

Shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe must learn to survive, with just his pipe, tobacco, and knife as tools. This is more than just a survival tale, with contemplation (and a Christian message) at the center.

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Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Treasure Island

On a voyage to a faraway island, Jim is searching for his fortune. Along his journey, as he becomes a man, his friendship with his shipmates explores the complex relationship between good and evil.

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Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)

Wuthering Heights

The subject of this original English novel is the intense love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Unfortunately, that love is far from simple, destroying not just the lovers, but also those close to them.

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The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan)

The Thirty-nine Steps

Set in World War I, this is an espionage thriller that’s unremittingly popular. From boredom in London, to hiding from the Germans in Scotland, this is a tale loved so much that it’s been adapted to film many times over.

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Moby Dick (Herman Melville)

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A deep exploration into the human mind, and faith, Captain Ahab is on a quest against an allusive, terrifying creature. Packed with metaphors about life and society, this is a book that truly stands the test of time.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray sells his soul so that his portrait will age, rather than himself. Free to act in as many sinful and hedonistic ways as possible, the only way Dorian can see the state of his soul, is to gather the courage to make eye contact with that fateful painting.

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)

The IMportance of Being Earnest

This satirical look at the social conventions of Victorian London tells a light-hearted story of mistaken identities and secret romances.

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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Frenkenstein

As life is given to the lifeless, a cautionary tale is told of the “progress” of science. Frankenstein is a being created from stolen body parts. A being that rapidly descends from innocence to evil to enact violent revenge on his creator.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Sherlock Holmes

A series of short stories, these detective tales show nothing but story-telling genius. Each tale keeps you hooked from the outset, as Sherlock Holmes solves one complex case after another.

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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The Great Gatsby

Much more than a novel, this is an allegory of the American Dream. You’ll be transported to the decadent Jazz age of 1920s America as Jay Gatsby does all he can to win the affections of Daisy Buchanan.

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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

The Scarlet Letter

This is the novel that introduces you to the first ever heroine of American literature: Hester Prynne, as she struggles with an illegitimate birth. It’s this birth that causes two sides of Hester’s self to clash, provoking a fascinating look at the relation one has with oneself.

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Three Men in a Boat (Jerome Klapka)

Three Men in a Boat

This hilarious story of (you guessed it) three men in a boat is full of quips that’ll leave you in stitches, even today. What’s meant to be an enjoyable jaunt up the River Thames soon turns into a series of comic misadventures.

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Sci-Fi

The Time Machine (H. G. Wells)

The Time Machine

A dystopian novella from 1895, this isn’t just the novel that popularized the idea of time travel. It also earned H.G. Wells the title of “The Father of Science Fiction”. This book is a must for any sci-fi geek.

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The Iron Heel (Jack London)

The Iron Heel

London’s critique of capitalist society is told alongside the struggles of a socialist revolution spearheaded by the infamous “Brotherhood of Man”.

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Around The World in 80 Days (Jules Verne)

Around the World in 80 Days

Follow the misadventures of Phileas Fogg after he bets a friend that he can travel around the world in 80 days or less by any means possible (including elephant). This fast-paced voyage has gripped readers ever since the book was first published in 1872.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

This Gothic horror is known as one of the most original pieces of fiction ever written. A potion developed by Dr. Jekyll serves to transform the polite gentleman into something twisted and sinister. Something perhaps resembling the real self of Dr Jekyll?

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The Coming Race (Edward Bulwer-Lytton)

The Coming Race

Taking inspiration from Charles Darwin’s theory of Evolution, this is a dystopian view of a future world. A future world where subterranean populations show an imaginary future where technological progress and physical perfection are raised above all else.

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The Lost World (Arthur Conan Doyle)

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This mysterious island, home to prehistoric creatures, hasn’t only inspired readers’ imaginations since 1912. It’s also the direct inspiration for the Jurassic Park movies. In a location that evolution has barely touched, follow journalist Malone and Professor Challenger as they explore this untouched land.

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Which Will You Read First?

The number of books that are out of copyright (and therefore available freely) is constantly increasing. This will no doubt extend your already out-of-control reading list How to Organize Your Out-of-Control Reading List Right Now How to Organize Your Out-of-Control Reading List Right Now A reading list serves a lot of functions -- from practical to inspirational. But it can also get out of hand. Using these tips to manage your reading hobby can do wonders for your life. Read More . But it’s worth it.

And if you have already read all of these books, there is another option to consider. For the more voracious reader, taking on Charles W. Eliot’s daunting reading challenge Read the World's Best Books for Free With the Harvard Classics Read the World's Best Books for Free With the Harvard Classics The Harvard Classics is a multi-volume collection of the world's best books. Collated by Dr. Charles W. Eliot in the early 20th century, these can now be downloaded absolutely free of charge. Read More could be the perfect life mission. His 50 volumes of out-of-copyright non-fiction, and 20 volumes of fiction, could mean you never have to spend another cent on books.

There’s a reason these novels and novellas have stood the test of time. Many are more than just stories. They are reflections of our own selves, or an indictment of times past. They offer allegories and metaphors that resonate through generations, and should therefore not be ignored.

So, which of these books will you add to your Kindle collection How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre The biggest problem with an eReader like the Amazon's Kindle is that it requires unreasonable effort to move books between different devices. Before Kindle, I fell in love with Calibre. A bit on the heavy... Read More first? Or do you have another classic novel to add to the list? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

  1. JoeN
    May 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Rob, I'm pretty sure J.M. Barrie is a guy, and the word you meant to use (twice) was elusive, not allusive.

  2. David
    May 25, 2016 at 2:56 am

    With the foreign language works, the translations available for free may not be the best. When I'm giving away books because the ebook is available, I hesitate with favorite foreign works as I may not be able to get an ebook that is as good a translation.

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