100 Classic Books to Read

Alphabetically by author last name...

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Aug 3 – 10, 2010)
  • Emma by Jane Austen (Aug 14 – Sep 16, 2010)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Sep 17 – Oct 5, 2010)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Tales from the Arabian Nights by Richard Frances Burton
  • Alices’ Adventures in Wonderland byLewis Carroll
  • Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
  • The Napoleon of Knotting Hill by G. K. Chesterton
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Moonstone by William ‘Wilkie’ Collins
  • The Woman in White by William ‘Wilkie’ Collins
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (March 5, 2011 – )
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephan Crane
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Oct 5, ’10 – June 28, ’11)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (2008)
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith
  • Allan Quartermain by Henry Rider Haggard
  • King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard
  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (June 28 -July 29, 2011)
  • Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Four Million by O. Henry
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving
  • The Aspern Papers by Henry James
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London (Sep 8 – Sep 11, 2011)
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
  • The Princess and Goblin by George MacDonald
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Utopia by Thomas More
  • Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  • Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  • Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • MacBeth by William Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Othello, The Moore of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (2009)
  • Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • A Connecticut in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Notes on the 100 Great Books I plan to read:

1.  I know there are many other widely-used lists of great literature, e.g.,

And, I don’t deny that the above lists have great books that are missing from my list; however, it’s my bucket list, so I get to choose 🙂

2.  I made my decision when I happened upon a list of Classic Books (for NinentoDS no less) which contained several books that I have been planning to either read or re-read.

3.  I have decided to check off, any book that I have read within the last two years.  I just don’t feel like reading War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov twice within three years.   I hope you understand.  There are many books on this list that I have already read, but it was MANY MOONS ago, so I will enjoy re-reading those books.

2 responses

  1. I have a very similar list, and right now I am reading Pride and Prejudice. Most of these books can be downloaded for free from Amazon.com for the Kindle. I am loving having it, have had it for a year, and am amazed at how much easier it is to read everywhere. Good luck!

    1. My husband got a Nook for Christmas – I am looking forward to trying it out. What a great way to bring books on vacation too!

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