Although most of the time, I want to read classics, I feel like most of them are a million pages long! But in looking into it, I’ve found that there are plenty of great books that aren’t nearly so daunting! There are plenty of books that are easier to read but have still earned their ranks among the greatest books of all time, and I love to curl up with them for a day-long read.

Written with an adult audience in mind rather than children, 4-Star books are books with simpler vocabulary and sentence structure, and less descriptions, wandering tangents, and length. They are some of the best-written books of all time and yet, they are far easier to tackle than the ‘leviathans’ of long classics.

Here is a comprehensive list of 4-Star Books that I personally recommend:

What did I miss? Let me know what I should add, and what your favorite classics are!

  1. 1984
  2. Anne of Avonlea
  3. Anne of the Island
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  5. Brideshead Revisited
  6. Brave New World
  7. Carry on, Jeeves
  8. Christy
  9. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  10. Cranford
  11. The Death of Ivan Ilych
  12. Go Set a Watchman
  13. Foundation Trilogy
  14. Forward the Foundation
  15. Frankenstein
  16. The Great Gatsby
  17. Heart of Darkness
  18. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  19. An Ideal Husband
  20. The Importance of Being Earnest
  21. The Innocence of Father Brown
  22. I, Robot
  23. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  24. Kidnapped
  25. Lady Susan
  26. Long Day’s Journey into Night
  27. Manalive
  28. The Man Who Was Thursday
  29. Murder in the Cathedral
  30. Murder on the Orient Express
  31. My Man Jeeves
  32. The Naked Sun
  33. Out of the Silent Planet
  34. The Positronic Man
  35. The Professor
  36. Pygmalion
  37. Quo Vadis
  38. The Red Badge of Courage
  39. The Red House Mystery
  40. Robinson Crusoe
  41. A Room with a View
  42. The Scarlet Letter
  43. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  44. The Stars, Like Dust
  45. The Story of a Soul
  46. A Study in Scarlet
  47. The Time Machine
  48. The Turn of the Screw
  49. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  50. The War of the Worlds