It is tough only picking a few classic books that every home library needs. There are thousands of amazing classic books that are a great read for people of all ages. If you are looking to expand your home library, classic books that you should purchase include the ones listed below. You may have read some of those books while you were in middle or high school, but they are so good that you can enjoy reading them a second, third or fourth time, too. To purchase the books that are mentioned in this guideline, check out stores like AbeBooks and Indigo Books and Music.

1. "The Great Gatsby"

"The Great Gatsby" was written by F. Scot Fitzgerald in 1925. The setting of the book is the north shore of Long Island in New York City. Even though the book was released in 1925. the story takes place in 1922. The narrator of "The Great Gatsby" is Nick Carraway, a young man who fought in The Great War who settled down in New York to learn the bond business. The main character of the book, Jay Gatsby, is a wealthy man who owns the mansion that is next to Nick's bungalow. Without giving away too much of the book, Jay Gatsby is a very mysterious man and Nick somehow becomes his best friend. Nick learns a lot about Jay, including his shady business connections.

2. "1984"

George Orwell wrote "1984" in 1949. "1984" is considered to be a dystopian novel. The book is about an oligarchical, collectivist society. "1984" takes place in Oceanian, which is located in Airstrip One in the novel. The people who live in Oceanian are under constant government surveillance and individuals are considered to be subordinates to the state government. The main character of "1984" is Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party. Smith decides to rebel against the controlling government of Oceania and ends up being sent to prison and tortured. The Thinkpol, which is the secret police of Oceania, re-programs Smith to make him a better member of society.

3. "The Catcher in the Rye"

"The Catcher in the Rye" is a fantastic novel that was written by J.D. Salinger in 1951. Salinger intended for "The Catcher in the Rye" to be an adult novel, but the novel has actually become very popular with adolescents over the years. The main character in "The Catcher in the Rye" is Holden Caulfield, a student at Pencey Prep. In this novel, Caulfield discusses encounters he had with the superficial people of Pencey Prep. Caulfield ends up being expelled from Pencey Prep and instead of dealing with his parents, he checks into a hotel. Towards the end of the novel, Caulfield's sister, Phoebe, convinces him to head home and face the music.