Adults Shelf Help Classics

Why not try a classic that has been loved through the generations? 

Literary, historic, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, love stories, poetry and plays, non-fiction, and more.


Fantasy and sci-fi

Shelf help classics Fantasty and Science fiction.jpg Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Dune, Frank Herbert

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien

Slaughterhouse-five, Kurt Vonnegut

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells


Shelf help classics historical.jpg Arthur and George, Julian Barnes

Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden

The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck

Hercule Poirot series, Agatha Christie

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Jamaica Inn, Daphne du Maurier

The Nebuly Coat, John Meade Falkner

The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett

A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

I, Claudius, Robert Graves

Brighton Rock, Graham Greene

The Iliad, Homer

The Odyssey, Homer

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo

Les Misérables, Victor Hugo

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Wolf Hall series, Hilary Mantel

Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Brooklyn, Colm Toibin


Kids-shelf-help-1-16.png Dracula, Bram Stoker                     

Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice

It, Stephen King

End of Watch, Stephen King                    

The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

Tales of Mystery and Horror (2 volumes), Edgar Allan Poe        

Thornyhold, Mary Stewart

Literary classics

Shelf help classics literary.jpg The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Sherlock Holmes: The complete illustrated short stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Animal Farm, George Orwell

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Complete Works of William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

Love stories

Shelf help classics love stories.jpg Emma, Jane Austen

Persuasion, Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Jane Eyre, Anne Bronte

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

A Room With a View, E.M. Forster

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence

Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Classics for younger readers

kids Shelf help fantasy Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

The Witches, Roald Dahl

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

The Adventures of Tintin series, Hergé

The Chronicles of Narnia series, C.S. Lewis

The Giver, Lois Lowry

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White

Little House series, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Plays and poetry

Kids-shelf-help-1-19.png The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri

Poetical Works, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

Select Poems, John Keats

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Paradise Lost, John Milton

Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas

The Importance of being Earnest and other plays, Oscar Wilde

Non-fiction classics

Youth HSC resources English Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown

On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin

The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari

The Histories, Herodotus

The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson