Shakespeare, Bronte, Austen, Dickens. They are just some of the few authors whose books are entitled to be classics. We’re often forced into reading some of the classics as part of our school studies, but if you’re not reading them as an adult, for fun, you’re missing out on everything you gain from them. The classics are called such for a reason, and the potential benefits of grabbing yourself a few titles and reading a few chapters before bed are huge. Here are some:
Strengthen Your Vocabulary
If you’re reading a classic, there’s no avoiding the improvement in your vocabulary. Just like any other book; as you’re reading it you may tend to take on the voices of the characters in your everyday life. However, studies have found that you’re more likely to be grammatically correct during exams or while writing at work and your conversation skills are likely to be at their best. Some people swear by the classics when applying for new jobs because it helps on application forms and during interviews.
If there’s one thing that the classics authors are good at, it’s understanding relationships. Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is an excellent example of true character and relationship building. Reading the classics can be a great way of learning to understand people and empathizing with others situations. The classics, as opposed to modern fictions, can significantly improve a person’s social skills and they’re ideal for identifying between characters who are bad because they’re struggling with something or bad because they’re evil.
Sense of Achievement
Books that are known as classics can be difficult to read. After all, many of them were written over a hundred years ago and include a different kind of English than we’re used to today. It can sometimes seem like you’re reading a different language, but once you’ve got into it, the story will start to unfold. Finishing a classic can give you a great sense of achievement and it’s certainly something to put on the bucket list if you haven’t done it yet.
You’ll Understand References
When someone mentions Frankenstein, do you think of the monster or the man? Anyone who has read Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ will automatically think of the man and understand the story’s origins. If you’re familiar with the works of Shakespeare you won’t have to be told that many of our expressions and sayings come from his plays. Thanks to many of our classics, English has become a global language, so the importance of English is more apparent than ever before. Classic books are a great way of connecting with people from other countries and cultures.
You may think that the classic genre isn’t your thing, but I defy anyone to not find a book that speaks to them. The great thing about the classics is that they span across many genres. They’re books that have stood the test of time for a reason. You’ll find children’s books, science-fiction books, romance books, fantasy books and many more. Take your pick and enjoy!
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