Recommendation List: Action Packed Classics

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Recommendation List: Action Packed Classics

Temitope's recommendations for classic literature that isn't a snooze

Written by Temitope Johnson, high school library intern. 

This book list contains a variety of books that fall under many different genres, but if I were to categorize these books as a whole, I would say that they are all action-packed classics. Some of these you may have heard of, others you may have not, but these are books that stood out to me. The list contains Don Quixote, Brave New World, Beowulf, and The Art of War. If you like books with action with great storytelling elements, then this book list is for you. 

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes follows the story of Alonso Quijano who is obsessed with chivalric romance stories to the point where he becomes a knight-errant named Don Quixote. Becoming the brave knight Don Quixote, he sets on fake adventures in hopes of gaining the love of a woman named Dulcinea, which he has never spoken to before. The story is a satire tragedy and it delves into the insanity of Quijano with him thinking everyday objects are difficult enemies. Reading this, I found the story to be engaging from cover to cover. Early on, Quijano’s squire is introduced to Sancho who accompanies Quijano on his adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read a satirical classic with themes of tragedy.

Ever wondered how a futuristic society would function? Brave New World by Aldous Huxley creates a dystopian reality in that future. The future is set in the World State in which everyone is conditioned to being a bland, emotionless clone of everyone else.  The people in this book look back at history and see us as a barbaric society seeing how things changed in the future. This is because many of the things we see as taboo today, are very normal and expected in the future such as people thinking monogamy is pointless. It was interesting to see how different things were in Brave New World compared to things now, I would definitely recommend this book to people who like to read about dystopian futures with very different norms as we have today. However, there are some things in this book that might not be appropriate for all readers.

Beowulf centers around the noble knight, Beowulf, in 6th century Scandinavia. Beowulf takes on many monsters and helps the King of Danes to slay a monster called Grendel; after that monster is defeated, Beowulf must slay his mother. I really liked this book and I have gone back to it more than once because of its way to describe each monster Beowulf slays. The setting is also nice and I especially enjoyed how this book starts out and how it ends. I found this book to be one of my favorite fictional adventure books I've ever read. If you’re interested in how Beowulf's story will unfold, I suggest you give this book a read,

The Art of War created by Sun Tzu is one of the oldest war strategy books in history. Created in 500 BC, The Art of War has a thorough guide on how to take on war and is also useful for other areas of life too. This book may seem like an unusual pick because it’s not a narrative book, but this book had many good things about it. I especially liked this books’ many notable quotes. A famous quote from this book is “If it is to your advantage, make a forward move. If not, stay where you are.” There are lots of great advice like this in The Art of War which makes this book a great first read and even rereads in the future. I would highly recommend this book for absolutely any and everyone who wants to learn the great insights and intricacies on all things war. 

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