The “Classics” Reading List

18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

1984, George Orwell

A Room With a View, E.M. Forster

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Judy Blume – 1/29/13

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Bleak House, Charles Dickens

Blubber, Judy Blume – 11/15/10

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak – 2/4/11

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

The Complete Poems, Anne Sexton

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Daisy Miller, Henry James

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury – 11/14/10

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – 8/17/11

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Hamlet, Shakespeare

Harry Potter 1-7, J.K. Rowling

The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende

I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer – 5/6/14

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte – 4/25/11

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – 12/21/10

Lolita, Vladimir Nobokov

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

Middlemarch, George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot

The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

Nancy Drew: The Clue in the Diary, Carolyn Keene

Night, Elie Wiesel

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Othello, Shakespeare

The Outsiders, SE Hinton

The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham

Persuasion, Jane Austen

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker

The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

Pride and Predjudice, Jane Austen

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – 1/4/11

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte – 8/8/12

These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder

                Little House in the Big Woods

                Little House on the Prairie

                On the Banks of Plum Creek

                By the Shores of Silver Lake

                The Long Winter

                Little Town on the Prairie

                The First Four Years

The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough

To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee – 7/11/11

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James – 10/3/13

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray – 6/26/11

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy –

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson – 1/22/14

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee – 2/22/11

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys – 5/21/11

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare – 1/6/13

The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins – 1/7/11

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte – 7/15/12

** Some selections did not make the list because I had already read them rather recently prior to starting this project, either on my own or for college classes. For example:

Robinson Crusoe…Daniel Defoe, The Scarlett Letter…Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emma…Jane Austen, The Red Badge of Courage…Stephen Crane, Uncle Tom’s Cabin…Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Awakening…Kate Chopin, East of Eden…John Steinbeck, A Prayer for Owen Meany…John Irving, Gone With the Wind…Margaret Mitchell, Revolutionary Road…Richard Yates, and A Wrinkle in Time…L’Engle

4 thoughts on “The “Classics” Reading List

  1. Hi – I enjoyed looking through your blog. I wonder whether you might be interested in writing a piece for the ‘London Fictions’ site? if so, do drop me a line.

  2. Great Classics Club list! Some of the same titles are on my list, and you have several of my very favorite books as well. Gatsby, Mrs.Dalloway, and the Little House books are all wonderful!

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