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9 Classic English Novels For Beginners


Hello reader! You have just been bound by the magic of books if you have clicked on this blog! If you are new to this, then we know your level of excitement! Since you are a newcomer to the world of reading, it’s important that we start this journey in the right way. This blog will give you 9 classic English novels for beginners that you will treasure for life.

9 Best English Novels For Beginners


Image-Three men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat is a classic novel by Jerome K.Jerome and one of the main reasons why this is the best book to start from is that this story is written on a humorous account. And what’s a better way to start your reading journey than by laughing, right? The author and two of his friends George and Harris, decide to take a break from their busy lives and go holidaying on a 2-week long boating trip. Along with their unusually large and difficult to carry around luggage, the 3 are accompanied by their merry dog Montmorency.

This novel will definitely have you laughing out loud. Right from the time of packing to getting on to the boat to completing the trip and coming back home, what is common in all of this are the blunders that these three friends naturally attract. This book is worth a read!


Image- Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s travel is a story about Lemuel Gulliver who is a practicing surgeon, both on land and on ships, and moreover, a passionate traveler. One of the must-read classic English novels for beginners. He loves to travel and discover new places around the world. Jonathan Swift has beautifully combined the various adventures that Gulliver comes across as he lands up in an unknown country of the Lilliputians.

From getting trapped by the little citizens of this unknown land to coming across talking horses and in the end becoming good friends with them all, this book sums up the adventures of this traveling surgeon!


Image- The Diary of a Young Girl

This book is the journal that Anne Frank maintained when she went into hiding with her family for a long span of 2 years. The attack of the Nazis in Germany was a disastrous one. The mass killing, the concentration camps, the gas chambers. The terror! Anne Frank, before they were captivated by the Nazis, has made a record of all her troubles, sadness and the joy they found in small little things. This book will send chills down your spine. One of the must-read classic English novels for beginners.


Image- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

A self – help book authored by Robin Sharma, who is a writer and a motivational speaker. The monk who sold his Ferrari is a book that will motivate you and give you hope, in case you need any;) The story is about how a high profile lawyer who had all the material things that he wished for but lacked happiness, health, and family. Finally one day, in the courtroom when his body gave in to a cardiac arrest, he was rushed to the hospital and he luckily survived. That was his turning point. He gave up all his riches and went on to live on his own all alone in the mountains of the Himalayas.

Watch him share his experience, his tricks and methods of retaining a calm and composed mind and his battle against his old self, this book is gold.


Image- The White Tiger

The White Tiger is a book beautifully written by Arvind Adiga. The story revolves around the life of a rickshaw driver’s son, Balram Halwai. Balram was born in poverty and he also belonged to the lower caste of the caste system followed India. Balram is determined to break the shackles of caste and step out of the vicious circle of poverty, leaving his family behind. He goes on to become a chauffeur, and later in life a successful businessman. How this would usually be achieved by one through hard work, this plot has a twist. Balram sure did reach the heights of life to get success and money, however, the path he chose was that of injustice and was wrong.

The White Tiger talks about the greatness of India and yet showcases the side of India that remains unknown to many. The many rigid systems that have been followed since ages like the caste system, the system of master and servant and many more, are openly criticized.


Image- Price and Prejudice

Jane Austen beautifully expresses love and life in her book Pride and Prejudice. The book also points out how pride and judgments play a role even before we get to know a person properly and how we must overcome them to see through the real personality of a person. The book is about the love story woven between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy along with many other stories that complement their story. Mrs.Bennet is in a hurry to get all her 5 daughters married off to a well off family.

Elizabeth is second of the five, meets Mr.Darcy and gets judgemental about his attitude. Her elder sister Jane, and Mr. Darcy’s friend Mr.Bingley Sao eventually fall in love. There are hundreds of misunderstandings that take place before they finally fall on love which you will find out only on reading! 😉


Image- Black Beauty

Black Beauty by Anne Sewell is a story about a beautiful black horse. The book highlights the theme of love and compassion along with the hardships of life. The book talks in the first person, from the horse’s point of view itself. It starts with the joys and fun of childhood. It further moves on to show the difficulties Black Beauty faces, as he advances in life. He is made to do work exceeding his capacity like pulling cabs in London and many other tedious jobs.

After a traumatic downfall and coming close to death because of overwork, Beauty, at last, finds a place to stay where people actually care for him. This book indirectly also addresses the torture that the voiceless animals go through as humans exploit them for their uses.

8. TALE OF TWO CITIES:(Best Classic English Novel for Beginners)

Image-A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens in his book The Tale Of Two Cities is set up during the period prior to the French Revolution; Mr.Manette, a brilliant Physician, was imprisoned for a long period of 18 years, secretly in the Basttile. After 18 long years, Mr.Mannet goes on to meet his daughter Lucie for the first time ever. But it doesn’t work as Mr.Manette planned it to happen. We would let your curious mind to find out the story further. The Tale Of Two Cities shows light on the possibility of resurrection and transformation on both a personal level and on a societal level.One of the must-read classic English novels for beginners.


Image- Three thousand stitches

Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murthy is a compilation of 11 stories, all of it which the author went through and experienced it herself. From her efforts to eradicate the Devdasi system in India to her first experience in getting to know the origins of various vegetables, she has beautifully covered all of this in her book. The book will literally take you through the journey of her life, her troubles, her joy, all of it in those 11 instances that play a major role in a lesson on her life.

So readers, are you ready to go for some book shopping? We hope we have given you an idea of some ageless and beautiful books to lay your hands upon. May we warn you, that books have a chant on you which makes you get lost in it, you will lose track of time. Enjoy your book and soon it is going to be your best friend! Happy reading lovelies! 🙂

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