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Hello and welcome to Monederosmart! Reading is one of the best experiences and activities you can do, however, when it comes to classics, we don't always know how to start, especially when they are stories written a few hundred years ago. That's why we decided to give you this review so you can enjoy the best books.

Have you ever been curious to read classic authors? Don't know where to start reading these books? Are you new to reading and would like to know about the amazing stories that marked literature in previous years? Well, this review is perfect for you, we promise you'll be left wanting to read at least one.




The most important thing

  • A classic book is a story that was written and published before the 20th century and was or still is popular with readers from young readers to adults. The main advantage of reading a classic book is that you get a basis for understanding the literary structures of literature today.
  • There are several eras that mark the history of classical literature, including ancient literature, medieval literature and modern literature. Each era has different writing styles, themes and authors.
  • Before purchasing a classic book it is very important that you consider certain factors and criteria so that your purchase is the desired one. These include the presentation of the book, the format of the book and the length of the book.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about classic books

Now we will move on to our buying guide where we will explain what classic books are, how to identify them and above all what kind of content you can enjoy. Aspects such as where you can buy them and their price will be covered in detail so that you can become an expert when it comes to buying them.

Classical books are a head start to the past that help you understand the present. (Photo: Ivan Kruk / 123.rf)

What is a classic book?

Classical books are stories written and published in past centuries. There are many scholars who have their own designation of classic books so getting into the discussion of what is considered a classic book doesn't make much sense. In this review we consider every famous book published before 1900 to be a classic book.

As we mentioned previously, these books tell stories that influenced many writers in later years. If you ask a writer if they have a reference for their writing style, they will say yes, and all writers have been inspired by the stories of classic books to create new books.

What are the advantages of reading a classic book?

The main advantage of reading a classic book is that you will gain a better understanding of the different writing styles that exist when writing any kind of story. Reading a classic book will not only improve your cultural background, but it will also allow you to understand the different nuances of modern literature.

In addition, if you give yourself the opportunity to read a classic book, you open up the possibility to understand the way of life in the past as many of the books are set in the era in which they were written or even before. Do you want to know what life was like during the Victorian era? Or maybe in the Middle Ages? Let's get reading.

Advantages
  • They help you understand the styles and structure of modern literature
  • You learn about the way of life in the past
  • You improve your spelling
  • Healthy pastime without putting your body at risk
  • You can read them anywhere
Disadvantages
  • Some stories can be very complex
  • The language used can be difficult to understand
  • Vivamus Shortage of titles

Ancient, medieval or modern literature - what should you pay attention to?

As mentioned, talking about classic books can be a topic of discussion because there are many, many titles that were written throughout history. However, we can divide these books into three different eras of literature. These are ancient, medieval and modern literature.

Ancient literature. Books written from the beginning of writing until the 5th century AD are considered ancient literature. Greek authors such as Homer or Aristotle, Indian Vedic books, Middle Eastern epics, books such as Sun Tzu's Art of War and Roman histories belong to ancient literature.

Medieval literature. On the other hand, books written between the 5th century AD and the 15th century are considered medieval literature. Despite limited access to literature in Europe, important works were written. The Middle East and the Far East also developed considerably during this period.

Modern literature. After the 15th century, with the arrival of the Renaissance, the discovery of America, the Arab expansion and the Eastern empires, literature really took off and a great number of works were written that remained for posterity. The baroque style was one of the most widely used during this period.

Ancient literature Medieval literature Modern literature
Period in which they were written From the beginning of writing to the 5th century AD From the 5th century AD to the 15th century AD From the 15th century AD to the 19th century AD.
Best known authors Homer, Aristotle, Horace, Sun Tzu, Confucius Dante Alighieri, Machiavelli, Omar Jayyam, Li Bai and Genji Monogatari William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, Goethe, Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll
Main subject matter Epics, war, mythology Romanticism Humanism

Purchasing criteria

Finally, we will address a very important point that you will need to know when buying your classic books and that is that there are factors and criteria that you need to consider before you buy them. This is very important because it can be the difference between being satisfied or not with your purchase, so get pen and paper out.

Presentation

First of all, the presentation of the book is the most important factor to consider before making your purchase, this includes the type of pulp it is made of, the language it is written in and the type of pages and typeface that was used to print your classic book. Don't worry, we'll explain this in detail right now.

Type of pulp: soft or hard cover? First question to ask yourself. If your answer was softback then consider that the price of your book may go down and it will be easier to handle. If you prefer hardback, consider that the price may go up but it will be better protected thanks to its resistance.

Sheet type and typography. A book is not only its shell, the most important thing is inside and you can find books with very thin pages that are easy to tear and thicker pages that are more resistant. Typography can be small, which makes it difficult to read, but it also saves space, which is the opposite of large type.

Language: Is the language the original or is your book a translation of the work? If you choose the original language then you will be able to understand the whole message, however if you do not speak the original language then it would be good to ask if the translation is good or if it leaves something to be desired.

Classic books can be found in new editions or even more than 100 years old. (Author: Yulia Grogoryeva / Site: 123rf)

Format

The format in which you buy your classic books is another extremely important factor in your choice. There are only two formats and that can be a bit of a giveaway as to your age and your tendencies, eh? And we say this because you can get your books in physical or digital format. If you don't know what's best, don't worry, we'll guide you.

Physical format. What is physical format? That you have the traditional book in your hands. There are many people who prefer to read with real pages in their hands. If you are this kind of reader then you can order your book and enjoy an afternoon of reading with that leafy aroma that we all love so much.

Digital format. The digital format, on the other hand, has become very popular in recent years due to the ease of carrying it on your computer, tablet or even mobile phone. This format helps you to read anywhere, just keep in mind that you need to have your devices with enough battery life, eh?

Extension

Finally and to finish our review, the book's length is the last factor you need to consider when buying it. What do we mean by length? The number of pages it has. This is important believe it or not, if you are a new reader you might find a very long book difficult to read.

Less than 300 pages. If you are a new reader or just don't like to read long books then you can get books that are less than 300 pages, an average reader is finishing a book of this length in a month.

400 to 1000 pages. If you like to spend a good amount of time reading and enjoy building up a story bit by bit then a longer book is perfect for you. There are even titles with more than 1000 pages, it all depends on how much you are willing to read.

So now you know, the next time you go to buy a classic book remember what you learned in this review to use as a guide. We bid you farewell but not before wishing you a happy shopping and inviting you to keep reading, see you next time!

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