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Catch up with the classics

By Kobo • April 02, 2020Recommended Reading

With news cycles ever-accelerating, take comfort in words that have stood the test of time

There’s plenty on your bucket list that you can tackle from the comfort of the great indoors. To make it easy to find the right book to settle in with from some of our favourites (but feel free to take a look at the whole assortment of Kobo Editions eBooks and audiobooks).

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

With the world topsy-turvy and an enduring sense of normality sitting just out of reach most days, it’s a real delight to press play on this audiobook and discover that Alice has been through it all before.

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

At a reading time of 31 hours, maybe this one should have been included in our list of 20 long books to read while staying in. Fun fact: for all the high-brow praise this book gets, it’s really just an epic, weepy love story. Waterproof eReaders recommended.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

This classic horror novel’s ability to make a reader’s spine tingle hasn’t faded a bit with time. Only the most stout-hearted readers should make a habit of listening to the audiobook after dark.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

We’ve all seen the TV and movie adaptations and truly, they are wonderful. But did you know that rom-com fans owe an unfathomable debt to Jane Austen for inventing the ‘meet cute’ in this book?

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Emma by Jane Austen

If you’re not sold already, we’re going to take another swing: seriously, Jane Austen is a lot of fun to read. This is the one about the matchmaker. If we may be so bold, we think you belong with this book.

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The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

If you just need to hear something soothing and spiritually grounding while you sip your first coffee of the day, Khalil Gibran’s meditative masterpiece is here for you as an audiobook.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Now a major motion picture starring Emma Watson, Laura Dern, and Saorsie Ronan, Little Women is the story of sensible Meg, boyish Jo, gentle Beth, and spirited Amy: the four inseparable March sisters struggling against life's hardships and pursuing happiness during and after the American Civil War. Beloved by generations, this timeless coming-of-age story depicts the realities of love, loss, sacrifice, and joy in a way that connects with readers just as strongly today as it did upon its original release in 1868.

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

What’s in the garden Mary’s uncle keeps locked up? What are those sounds at night that echo in the halls of Misselthwaite manor? There’s a wonderful and not-too-scary mystery at the heart of this book that’s perfect to read aloud to kids at bedtime.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Staying fit while staying indoors isn’t easy: that’s why we recommend reading Emily Brontë’s moody classic while learning the choreography from the video for the Kate Bush song it inspired 💃

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