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Jun 05

Adult Summer Reading Suggestions: Classics

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Imagine Your story Summer Reading Program takes place June 22 through July 31

Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate all kinds of stories. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.


Today we'll highlight our favorites books that are classic stories. Not only do we still read these stories today, the tropes from them are incorporated into all kinds of modern stories. See our favorites below.

Classic Book Suggestions for Adults
  • Invisible Man by Ralph EllisonInvisible ManInvisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Summary: The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Summary: Jane Eyre-orphaned, unloved, and confined in Lowood boarding school-never loses her desire for "real knowledge of life." She makes her way into the world as a governess, but requires all of her intelligence and courage to deal with a series of betrayals and revelations that upend her settled existence.
  • The Odyssey by Homer
    Summary: The Odyssey is the original hero's journey, following Odysseus as he tries to survive the terrors of the ancient world long enough to get home. In the myths and legends retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery.

Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the link below for a pdf of more book lists. Click on the book cover to request the book in our catalog.

Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library starts June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges and win prizes. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.