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