50 Classic Stories to Read (Instead of 50 Shades of Grey)

These books are stimulating and there is usually more than just romance in the story. There is this crazy thing called plot and it just happens to be well written too! In fact you might learn something. Some have happy endings, while others are tragic. Either way, you don’t need badly written erotica to learn more about yourself.

A List of Classic Stories that I would read over 50 Shades of Grey any day:

  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. Persuasion
  3. Northanger Abbey
  4. Emma
  5. Mansfield Park
  6. Sense and Sensibility
  7. Wuthering Heights
  8. Jane Eyre
  9. Romeo and Juliet
  10. Much Ado About Nothing
  11. The Great Gatsby
  12. Les Miserables
  13. Gone with the Wind
  14. Anna Karina
  15. Their Eyes were Watching God
  16. Madam Bovary
  17. Casablanca (it was a play before a movie)
  18. Dangerous Liaisons
  19. Oliver Twist
  20. Fathers and Sons
  21. The Color Purple
  22. Vanity Fair
  23. I, Robot
  24. Growing up Rich
  25. Foundations Trilogy
  26. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  27. The Hobbit
  28. Of Mice and Men
  29. Tender is the Night
  30. Slaughterhouse-Five
  31. The Man in the Iron Mask
  32. Atlas Shrugged
  33. Heart of Darkness
  34. The Sun Also Rises
  35. Moby Dick
  36. The Count of Monte Cristo
  37. Cat’s Cradle
  38. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  39. The Rum Diary
  40. The Pillars of the Earth
  41. Ender’s Game
  42. Persepolis
  43. Maus
  44. I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing
  45. The Three Musketeers
  46. A Lesson Before Dying
  47. The Scarlet Letter
  48. Little Women
  49. Dracula
  50. The Bell Jar

What books would you add to the list? Are there any Classic here you wouldn’t read? Let me know in the comments below!

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10 thoughts on “50 Classic Stories to Read (Instead of 50 Shades of Grey)

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  2. trentpmcd

    How about “Hamlet”, “The Iliad”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “The Grapes of Wrath”? Give me enough time and I’ll come up with a list of 50,000 books to read before you should read 50 Shades 😉

      1. trentpmcd

        We all have out own list. I was just answering your question, “What books would you add to the list?” These four are in my top 10, possibly top 5.

      1. charliekb

        I’ll be honest, I only read about a third of it, all that “la-di-da Mr Darcy you’ve got my garter in quite a twiddle” stuff got on my nerves a bit… I’ll go hang my uncivilized head in shame now 🙂

      2. myrenaissance Post author

        Yeah its not as good as the original. As someone who has read pride and prejudice multiple times it was very cut and paste. I could tell when the author just inserted his own chapters making a poor attempt of mimicking the language.

        Also everyones taste is different, totally understandable. *little factoid- Elizabeth and Darcy are actually of the same social class, Elizabeth’s family is just poorer and her mother was just of a different class, while her father was gentry. That’s part of the whole controversy of their relationship (in original).

  3. theorangutanlibrarian

    Haha love the title of this blog! Great list- but I reckon the books wouldn’t even need to be classics to be better than Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s so awful that you probably could’ve written a list: “Fifty godawful books that you should try before you waste your time with Fifty Shades of Grey”. Or “Fifty erotica sites you could try instead of Fifty Shades of Grey”. (Sorry for the mini-rant there- got a bit carried away!)


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