I love reading classic novels. I like how by choosing a few different books, we get to witness the evolution of man's thought processing and prose. By visiting the past, we can clearly see how far we've come and just how small the world really is.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A cliché, but a classic one. Meet Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five sisters, bright, pretty and at the ripe age for marriage. A girl with big aspirations of love, in a world where it (and she) is defined by money, beauty and reputation. Along comes Mr. Darcy, the insufferable, handsome and debonair bachelor who earns (gasp!) £10,000 a year. We follow along as she and the rest of the characters are torn between love and duty, with their judgements clouded by their every growing sense of prejudice and pride. As we are vigorously lead through the intricacies of British Regency society, the often redundant story of boy-meets-girl blossoms into a truly evocative piece. A tale that gets better with every read and causes me to fangirl every time it's mentioned.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
 ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

A heartwarming account of a little prince, his beloved rose and desert stranded pilot. We are taken on a journey full of hidden wisdom, where we are taught the power of friendship, the weight that responsibilities have on us and the virtues of love. Accompanied with small illustrations, every page is coated with magic that grabs hold of you and your imagination. Every word takes the reader deeper and deeper into their own childhood (emotionally and mentally), until the lines between age and time blur. Within every line, there are tidbits of wisdom and advice, stirring the soul, memories and tears of happiness. Reading Le Petit Prince brings a smile to your heart, and has us longing for the days when we were as unabashedly curious, hopeful and confident as the mysterious little boy with the golden hair. Short and sweet, it's a great read whether it's in the original french or any other language. 

 “You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them...In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night...You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.” 
Quand tu regarderas le ciel, la nuit, puisque j'habiterai dans l'une d'elles, puisque je rirai dans l'une d'elles, alors ce sera pour toi comme si riaient toutes les étoiles. Tu auras, toi, des étoiles qui savent rire !

        ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saveedra

A classic story about a man named Don Quixote, who dreams of being a knight and saving his true love. With the help of his friends and a great imagination, he takes off on his quest leaving behind everything he's ever known. One man's determinations, sparks a loyal following, whimsical encounters and comic scenarios, that have been etched into my memory since the first time I read this book in Grade 5. It perfectly captures the way we all become entranced by the worlds we explore when we read a novel. We've all dreamed of being the hero in our own story, and the efforts of the well-meaning Don Quixote de la Mancha astride his trusty steed Rocinante (and accompanied by his squire Sancho Panza) proves that some dreams are worth fighting for.

“Thou hast seen nothing yet.” 
 ― Miguel de Cervantes Saveedra, Don Quixote de la Mancha

~Alexandra XO

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