Classics List

Lately I’ve been getting into reading more classics.  I majored in English in college, so I have read a lot of what are considered classics in the past, but life has gotten in the way of my continuing reading education.  While I still greatly anticipate the coming new releases and will continue to read those, I will be sprinkling in some older works into the mix.  Out of the thousands of “classics” in the world, I have created a list of 225 books that intrigue me, and this will be the guidepost for my future endeavors into the classics.  Some of these books are books I’ve already tried and either loved or hated.  Some are due for a reread, and some deserve a second chance. I’m interested to see if my feelings have changed.

So, with this list, there are no rules.  These are the classics I want to read.  It’s merely a list so that I don’t forget any books I have found interesting and would like to read. A reminder that I once thought I would like to read a book, so that when I feel the urge to read something a little less modern, I have a list to turn to.   Just because a book made it onto this list does not impose any duty or requirement to that book. There is no time limit.  If I go an entire year without reading a single book on this list, that will be okay.  There is no order in which these books must be read.  In fact, there is no requirement that I have to read any of these books at all.  If I change my mind, or if I decide to DNF a book, that’s perfectly fine with me.  I’ll be working to keep track of my progress on this page, so check back often!

So, without further ado, the list:

      1. Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women
      2. Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
      3. Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid’s Tale
      4. Atwood, Margaret: Alias Grace
      5. Austen, Jane: Emma
      6. Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park
      7. Austen, Jane: Persuasion
      8. Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
      9. Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
      10. Austen, Jane: Lady Susan
      11. Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey
      12. Beckett, Samuel: Waiting for Godot
      13. Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451
      14. Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles
      15. Braddon, Mary Elizabet: Lady Audley’s Secret
      16. Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey
      17. Bronte, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
      18. Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre
      19. Bronte, Charlotte: Villete
      20. Bronte, Charlotte: The Professor
      21. Bronte, Charlotte: Shirley
      22. Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights
      23. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess
      24. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Making of a Marchioness
      25. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
      26. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Shuttle
      27. Cather, Willa: My Antonia
      28. Cather, Willa: O Pioneers!
      29. Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales
      30. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
      31. Coates, John: Patience
      32. Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone
      33. Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
      34. Collins, Wilkie: The Haunted Hotel
      35. Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans
      36. Crane, Stephen: Red Badge of Courage
      37. deCervantes, Miguel: Don Quixote
      38. Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders
      39. Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe
      40. Delafield, E.M.: Diary of a Provincial Lady
      41. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House
      42. Dickens, Charles: David Copperfield
      43. Dickens, Charles: Little Dorrit
      44. Dickens, Charles: The Old Curiosity Shoppe
      45. Dickens, Charles: Our Mutual Friend
      46. Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations
      47. Dickens, Charles: Hard Times
      48. Dickens, Charles: Nicholas Nickleby
      49. Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
      50. Dickens, Charles: Tale of Two Cities
      51. Dostoevesky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
      52. Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
      53. Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Idiot
      54. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
      55. Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca
      56. Du Maurier, Daphne: My Cousin Rachel
      57. Dumas, Alexandre: Count of Monte Cristo
      58. Dumas, Alexandre: The Man in the Iron Mask
      59. Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers
      60. Eliot, T.S.: Murder in the Cathedral
      61. Eliot, T.S.: The Waste Land
      62. Eliot, George: Middlemarch
      63. Eliot, George: Mill on the Floss
      64. Eliot, George: Silas Marner
      65. Ellison, Ralph: The Invisible Man
      66. Faulkner, William: Absalom, Absalom!
      67. Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying
      68. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury
      69. Fielding, Henry: Tom Jones
      70. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night
      71. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Beautiful and Damned
      72. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise
      73. Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby
      74. Flaubert, Gustav: Madame Bovary
      75. Forster, E.M.: Passage to India
      76. Forster, E.M.: Room With a View
      77. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
      78. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Mary Barton
      79. Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
      80. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
      81. Glaspell, Susan: Fidelity
      82. Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
      83. Gutcheon, Beth: Still Missing
      84. Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd
      85. Hardy, Thomas: Jude the Obscure
      86. Hardy, Thomas: Mayor of Casterbridge
      87. Hardy, Thomas: Return of the Native
      88. Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
      89. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The House of Seven Gables
      90. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
      91. Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Blithedale Romance
      92. Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
      93. Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms
      94. Hemingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast
      95. Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls
      96. Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea
      97. Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises
      98. Hesse, Hermann: Siddhartha
      99. Hesse, Hermann: Steppenwolf
      100. Holding, Elisabeth Sanxay: The Blank Wall
      101. Homer: The Iliad
      102. Homer: The Odyssey
      103. Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables
      104. Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      105. Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God
      106. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
      107. Ibsen, Henrick: Doll’s House
      108. Irving, Washington: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
      109. Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day
      110. James, Henry: Daisy Miller
      111. James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
      112. James, Henry: Turn of the Screw
      113. James, Henry: Washington Square
      114. Joyce, James: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
      115. Joyce, James: The Dubliners
      116. Kafka, Franz: Metamorphosis
      117. Kafka, Franz: The Trial
      118. Kerouac, Jack: On the Road
      119. Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
      120. Lawrence, D.H.: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
      121. Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers
      122. Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
      123. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude
      124. Maugham, W. Somerset: Of Human Bondage
      125. Melville, Herman: Bartleby the Scrivner
      126. Melville, Herman: Billy Budd
      127. Melville, Herman: Moby Dick
      128. Miller, Arthur: Death of a Salesman
      129. Miller, Arthur: The Crucible
      130. Milton, John: Paradise Lost
      131. Mitchell, Margaret: Gone with the Wind
      132. Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables
      133. Morrison, Toni: Beloved
      134. Morrison, Toni: Song of Solomon
      135. Morrison, Toni: Sula
      136. Morrison, Toni: The Bluest Eye
      137. Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
      138. O’Conner, Flannery: Wise Blood
      139. Orwell, George: 1984
      140. Orwell, George: Animal Farm
      141. Paine, Thomas: Common Sense
      142. Panter-Downes, Mollie: Good Evening, Mrs. Craven
      143. Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar
      144. Plath, Sylvia: The Journals of Sylvia Plath
      145. Plato: The Trial and Death of Socrates
      146. Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front
      147. Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea
      148. Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
      149. Salinger, J.D.: Nine Stories
      150. Salinger, J.D.: Franny and Zooey
      151. Salinger, J.D.: Rise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour
      152. Shakespeare, William: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
      153. Shakespeare, William: A Winter’s Tale
      154. Shakespeare, William: All’s Well That Ends Well
      155. Shakespeare, William: Antony and Cleopatra
      156. Shakespeare, William: As You Like It
      157. Shakespeare, William: The Comedy of Errors
      158. Shakespeare, William: Hamlet
      159. Shakespeare, William: Henry IV
      160. Shakespeare, William: Julius Caesar
      161. Shakespeare, William: King Lear
      162. Shakespeare, William: Love’s Labor’s Lost
      163. Shakespeare, William: Macbeth
      164. Shakespeare, William: Measure for Measure
      165. Shakespeare, William: The Merry Wives of Windsor
      166. Shakespeare, William: Merchant of Venice
      167. Shakespeare, William: Much Ado About Nothing
      168. Shakespeare, William: Othello
      169. Shakespeare, William: Richard III
      170. Shakespeare, William: Romeo and Juliet
      171. Shakespeare, William: The Taming of the Shrew
      172. Shakespeare, William: The Tempest
      173. Shakespeare, William: Twelfth Night
      174. Shakespeare, William: Two Gentlemen of Verona
      175. Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
      176. Silko, Leslie Marmon: Ceremony
      177. Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
      178. Sophocles: Antigone
      179. Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
      180. Steinbeck, John: Of Mice and Men
      181. Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath
      182. Steinbeck, John: The Winter of Our Discontent
      183. Steinbeck, John: Cannery Row
      184. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
      185. Steinbeck, John: The Pearl
      186. Steinbeck, John: Tortilla Flat
      187. Steinbeck, John: Travels with Charley in Search of America
      188. Stevenson, D.E.:  Miss Buncle’s Book
      189. Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
      190. Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island
      191. Stoker, Bram: Dracula
      192. Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
      193. Strachey, Julia: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
      194. Streatfield, Noel: Saplings
      195. Swift, Jonathon: Gulliver’s Travels
      196. Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair
      197. Thoreau, Henry David: Civil Disobedience
      198. Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
      199. Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Hobbit
      200. Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings
      201. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
      202. Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace
      203. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      204. Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
      205. Verne, Jules: Journey to the Center of the Earth
      206. Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
      207. Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five
      208. Walker, Alice: The Color Purple
      209. Watson, Winifred: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
      210. Wells, H.G.: The Time Machine
      211. Wells, H.G.: The War of the Worlds
      212. Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome
      213. Wharton, Edith: The Age of Innocence
      214. Wharton, Edith: The Glimpses of the Moon
      215. Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth
      216. Whipple, Dorothy: Someone at a Distance
      217. Whitman, Walt: Leaves of Grass
      218. Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
      219. Williams, Tennessee: A Streetcar Named Desire
      220. Williams, Tennessee: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
      221. Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway
      222. Woolf, Virginia: Orlando
      223. Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own
      224. Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse
      225. Zola, Emile: Germinal