Easy Classics to Read \\ a guide for readers who mostly read YA but want to be “cultured”


Hello Book Ravens!

I’m going to be honest. The only reason I ever read a classic was that I’m part of a book club that chose classics as a theme.

At which point I realized: classics aren’t hard? At least, not all of them. Turns out there’s more than Jane Austen and Charles Dickens in the literary world.

I haven’t read ALL classics, of course, but I’ve read a lot at this point. So I have a list for those of you who want to be cultured but mostly read YA. We’ve all been there.

Let’s talk about that:


The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I didn’t realize that Narnia was a classic?

I used to reread this book all the time when I was younger – I especially recommend the audiobook for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Easy to listen to, fun voice acting and, generally speaking, just a really good book.

I have not read the whole series, but this book is very magical (at least to eight-year-old me) and the characters are so much fun to follow…I can’t recommend this book enough. 


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden & A Little Princess

The Secret Garden is an excellent movie, and also a book that isn’t too hard to get through.

I personally found it slightly uninteresting, simply because I already knew the story from the movie, but still easy? So if it sounds interesting to you, try the book. 

As an American, some of the British sayings were lost on me (if that makes sense), but still an enjoyable read. If this isn’t one you want to read, then definitely try the movie. Visually it’s really cool to watch, and I also see it as a very faithful adaption of the book.


Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)

I would be really surprised if you DIDN’T read this book as a kid. I did often: both physical reading and audiobook reading.

It’s truly enjoyable, and considering it’s true…it’s just a very cool account of what America used to be, and who the people were.

Laura’s mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother also wrote books about their lives, so they’re really cool to read all together and just see how the world for Laura came to be.


Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick or, The Whale

Wait! Don’t go! Obviously, Moby Dick isn’t an easy book to read, per say, but I listened to the audiobook narrated by different actors…and I actually really enjoyed it! Sometimes Ishmael can get really philosophical, especially with religion, but he’s truly a funny and insightful narrator. Much better with the audiobook.

(Benedict Cumberbatch reads chapter 58…here’s the audiobook – thank me later).

Also, for the Americans out there, this book was written by an American author, and so the old-fashioned language is much more understandable and easy to get than an Austen book.


Hopefully, there was one book on this list to help you!

I want to make it clear that you DO NOT need to read classics to be a “real reader”. But if you were interested in saying you read a classic…well, this list may be a good place to start.


Have a delightfully thoughtful day, Book Ravens ❥


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