7 Must Read Classics

1. 1984 by George Orwell

“WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.”

GENRE: Social Science and Political Fiction

Mind blowing. Probably the most frightening book I’ve ever read.

— Christiania Ramos, Class of 2020

2. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

“SHOOT ALL THE BLUEJAYS YOU WANT IF YOU CAN’T HIT ‘EM, BUT REMEMBER IT’S A SIN TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.”

GENRE: Coming-of-Age-Fiction

Fascinating and emotional. A book about the injustices that the innocent experience.

— Andrea Nunez, Class of 2019

3. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

“A LADY’S IMAGINATION IS VERY RAPID; IT JUMPS FROM ADMIRATION TO LOVE, FROM LOVE TO MATRIMONY IN A MOMENT.”

GENRE: Romance Novel

Romantic and intriguing. Best Love Story.

— Britney Marquez, Class of 2019

4. GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens

“I LOVED HER AGAINST REASON, AGAINST PROMISE, AGAINST PEACE, AGAINST HOPE, AGAINST HAPPINESS, AGAINST ALL DISCOURAGEMENT THAT COULD BE.”

GENRE: Coming-of-Age

Contains valuable lessons about life. Shows how riches change people and what happens as a result.

— Daisy Vargas, Class of 2020

5. THE ODYSSEY by Homer

“OF ALL CREATURES THAT BREATHE AND MOVE UPON THE EARTH, NOTHING IS BRED THAT IS WEAKER THAN MAN.”

GENRE: Epic

Great book. Interprets mythological creatures as something majestic and aesthetically appealing, which I like.

— Katherine Vega, Class of 2020

6. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

“ANGRY, AND HALF IN LOVE WITH HER, AND TREMENDOUSLY SORRY, I TURNED AWAY.”

GENRE: Romance, Modernism, Literary Fiction

Tragically beautiful. Well written. Fitzgerald never fails to please his audience.

— John Ramirez, Class of 2018

7. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

“THERE AIN’T NO SIN AND THERE AIN’T NO VIRTUE. THERE’S JUST STUFF PEOPLE DO.”

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Realism

Depicts the hardships of forming part of the lower class in the American social/economic system. It’s unfortunate to know that similar events to these actually took place.

— Dianna Perez, Class of 2019