Consider This Classic: Kailia Recommends

Consider This Classic is a monthly feature where bloggers highlight and recommend their favorite classic. They'll tell you when they first read it, why they love it and where to go from there.

Today, I've got Kailia from Life According to a Bibliophile recommending her favorite classic! I've had such great conversations with Kailia on Twitter and enjoy seeing what she's up to on her blog. So, I was delighted when she wanted to participate in this feature! I think I've only read the abridged version of this classic - so clearly I need to remedy that oversight.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Publication Year: 1844-1845
Originally Published In: France
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Summary (from Goodreads)
"On what slender threads do life and fortune hang."

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s.

I first read this book in the 10th grade for my honors English class and I loved it so much, I ended up reading it within two days. I've loved it since.

When I initially heard about this book, I wasn't impressed but after reading it, my mind was changed completely. This book is filled with so much suspense and mystery that it'll leave you at the edge of your seat. Even when you think you've figured out the mystery, an unexpected twist will throw you off. Yes, this book is huge but believe it or not, everything that happens in this book is necessary for the story line and honestly, once you start reading, you won't want to stop. Even more so, I was impressed with Alexandre Dumas' ability to keep so many different story lines in check. In the beginning, nothing seems to make sense but by the time the story ends, all the mystery is solved and all of the connections have been formed. Really, there's not much more I can say about this book except for the fact that this book is beyond brilliant!

Burn for Burn Trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian: When I was thinking of what books to recommend, this trilogy was the first one that came to mind. Even though this trilogy has a supernatural twist to it, it's still very similar. 

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: Who doesn't think of this series when they think of revenge? There's just something so creepy and mysterious about the events in this series that makes it all so entertaining.


  1. I've never actually read The Count of Monte Cristo! But I love the way you've talked about it, Kailia, and I think I might just have to give it a shot at some point :)

  2. I really enjoyed this one when I read it. I didn't need to read it for class or anything but I just read it for fun when I was in eighth or ninth grade. I have liked it ever since.

  3. This is my cousin's favourite book! I almost started it once, but then I realized I had the abridged version and decided to buy the unabridged. The wait took a while, though, and I haven't picked it up since I got it. One day though! I love the movie. :)

  4. I've never read this one either. But in college I did visit the Chateau D'if while in France, which is where the book takes place, and ever since I've been curious about it. Eventually, right?


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