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12 Comforting Classics to Read This Year

12 Comforting Classics to Read This Year

Classic literature refers to valuable books that have transcended eras and withstood the test of time. More often than not, these reads relate to the human experience and help us understand the world–past, present, and future–better. 

Literary classics have inspired readers through its imaginative prose, use of evolving language, and expression of beauty in the form of literary art. Fully Booked has an exciting offer that will convince you to read more classics soon! Enjoy 15% off for a minimum purchase of Php 1000 from our Classics Collection from May 10 to 20, 2022.

Here are some classic titles you should include in your to-be-read list in 2022.

1984 by George Orwell

George Orwell’s ninth and final book completed in his lifetime is a rare work that offers the author’s vision on the consequences of totalitarianism and a repressive regimentation. 1984 was published in 1949, a work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real.

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Man's Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and the proud Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. Jane Austen's radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making Pride and Prejudice the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

The Life of the Stupid Man by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

The Life of a Stupid Man collects three stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, one of Japan's masters of modernist story-telling. It contains three pieces a short story, a memoriam to dead family members and the musings of a man on the verge of suicide. This is part of the Little Black Classics: a celebration of the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. 

Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice LeBlanc

Created by Maurice LeBlanc during the early twentieth century, Arsene Lupin is a witty confident man and burglar, the Sherlock Holmes of crime. The poor and innocent have nothing to fear from him; often they profit from his spontaneous generosity. The rich and powerful are the target of Arsene’s mischief and tomfoolery. Sparkling with amusing banter, these stories—the best of the Lupin series—are outrageous, melodramatic, and literate.

Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal

A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, Noli Me Tangere is the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, and Rizal became a guiding conscience—and martyr—for the revolution that would subsequently rise up in the Spanish province.

Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories by Jay Rubin

This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short story collection, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable practitioners writing today. Short story writers already well-known to English-language readers are all included - Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata, Yoshimoto - but also many surprising new finds. The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty and comedy.

Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

An audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. The novel's vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author's lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. Its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common Russian speech.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 

This heartwarming story has beckoned generations of readers into the special world of Green Gables, an old-fashioned farm outside a town called Avonlea. A much-loved classic that explores all the vulnerability, expectations, and dreams of a child growing up, Anne of Green Gables is also a wonderful portrait of a time, a place, a family… and, most of all, love. 

Passing by Nella Larsen

Irene Redfield is a Black woman living an affluent, comfortable life with her husband and children in the thriving neighborhood of Harlem in the 1920s. When she reconnects with her childhood friend Clare Kendry, who is similarly light-skinned, Irene discovers that Clare has been passing for a white woman after severing ties to her past, even hiding the truth from her racist husband. First published in 1929, Nella Larsen's brilliant examination of the various ways in which we all seek to "pass," is as timely as ever. 

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

Three decades and more than one million copies later children still love hearing about the boy with the long name who fell down the well. Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent's classic recreation of an ancient Chinese folktale has hooked legions of children, teachers, and parents, who return, generation after generation, to learn about the danger of having such an honorable name as Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Mary Norton’s The Borrowers is a series of children's fantasy novels about tiny people who live in the homes of big people and borrow things to survive. Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers–Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great. Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again. Yet Arrietty won't listen. There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend. 

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