Classics Project

readingclassicsLong-Term Reading Project: 
Read the Classics I Own

My long-term reading project is relatively simple. I want to read the classics I have sitting on my shelves already, and boy oh boy do I have quite the truckload. A handful of these books I am 75% sure I read way back in junior high and high school, but I have no memory of them, so I thought they should go on the list.

My Goals:
  • Read the books I have not yet read
  • Write reviews of the books I have already read
  • Give away books I’ve read that I’ve no intention of reading again (a difficult thing for me to do as I am a true hoarder)

The List: currently alphabetized by author’s last name

  1. The Arabian Nights, 8th century – 18th century***
  2. The York Play of the Crucifixion, 14th century
  3. Beowulf, ~1000BCE
  4. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 14th century
  5. *Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 1868
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, 1803
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, 1813
  8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 1811
  9. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 1814
  10. Persuasion by Jane Austen, 1817
  11. *Emma by Jane Austen, 1815
  12. The Nowlans by John Banim, 1825
  13. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, 1911
  14. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 1351
  15. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, 1795
  16. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges, 1962***
  17. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 1862
  18. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 1863
  19. Villette by Charlotte Bronte, 1853
  20. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, 1847
  21. *Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown, 1801
  22. Erewhon by Samuel Butler, 1872
  23. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865***
  24. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, 1871***
  25. Fardorougha the Miser by William Carlton, 1848
  26. My Antonia by Willa Cather, 1918 ***
  27. *O, Pioneers! by Willa Cather, 1913
  28. Don Quixote by Cervantes, 1605
  29. The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin, 1899
  30. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 1859
  31. *The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins, 1876
  32. *The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins, 1881
  33. *I Say No by Wilkie Collins, 1884
  34. *The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins, 1859
  35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, 1868
  36. No Name by Wilkie Collins, 1862**
  37. *Armadale by Wilkie Collins, 1866
  38. *The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins, 1875
  39. *Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins, 1872
  40. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins, 1854
  41. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1899
  42. *Deerslayer by James Fenimoore Cooper, 1841
  43. Maggie, a Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane, 1893
  44. Moll Flanders by Daniel DeFoe, 1722
  45. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe, 1719
  46. Justine by Marquis de Sade, 1791
  47. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 1860
  48. Hard Times by Charles Dickens, 1854
  49. Marin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens, 1844
  50. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 1850
  51. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, 1859***
  52. Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1853***
  53. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1864
  54. The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1880
  55. Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1846
  56. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866
  57. The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1862
  58. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, 1938
  59. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, 1844
  60. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, 1844
  61. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth, 1800
  62. *Ormond by Maria Edgeworth, 1817
  63. Ennui by Maria Edgeworth, 1809
  64. Belinda by Maria Edgeworth, 1801
  65. *Adam Bede by George Eliot, 1859
  66. *Scenes of a Clerical Life by George Eliot, 1857
  67. *Romola by George Eliot, 1862
  68. *Felix Holt, the Radical by George Eliot, 1866
  69. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, 1876
  70. *Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, 1860
  71. Silas Marner by George Eliot, 1861
  72. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1920
  73. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 1856
  74. The Longest Journey by E. M. Forster, 1907
  75. Howard’s End by E. M. Forster, 1910
  76. The Collector by John Fowles, 1963
  77. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1855***
  78. *Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1866
  79. *Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864
  80. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1851
  81. *Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1848
  82. I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 1934
  83. *The Souls of Black Folk by Farah Jasmine Griffin, 1903
  84. The Collegians by Gerald Griffin, 1829
  85. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard, 1885
  86. She by H. Rider Haggard, 1887
  87. Allan Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard, 1885
  88. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, 1970
  89. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, 1874
  90. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1843
  91. House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851
  92. *The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1852
  93. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961
  94. Men without Women by Ernest Hemingway, 1927
  95. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, 1930s
  96. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, 1926
  97. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, 1951
  98. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, 1922***
  99. Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse, 1930
  100. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, 1862
  101. The Hunchback of Nortre Dame by Victor Hugo, 1831***
  102. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
  103. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, 1879
  104. Washington Square by Henry James, 1880
  105. *The American by Henry James, 1877
  106. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, 1898
  107. *The Bostonian by Henry James, 1886
  108. *The Princess Casamassima by Henry James, 1886
  109. *The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, 1881
  110. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James, 1903
  111. Daisy Miller by Henry James, 1879
  112. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 1915
  113. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, 1962***
  114. *Kim by Rudyard Kipling, 1901
  115. Hurrish by Emily Lawless, 1886
  116. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence, 1920
  117. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence, 1913
  118. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence, 1928
  119. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960
  120. Carmilla by Sheridan LeFanu, 1871
  121. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1909
  122. Lord Kilgobbin by Charles James Lever, 1872
  123. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, 1942***
  124. Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, 1592***
  125. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967 
  126. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1985
  127. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, 1915
  128. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, 1851***
  129. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, 1855
  130. The Confidence Man by Herman Melville, 1857
  131. Paradise Lost by John Milton, 1667***
  132. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill, 1869
  133. Utopia by Thomas Moore, 1516
  134. The Wild Irish Girl by Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan, 1806
  135. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
  136. Metamorphosis by Ovid, 8BCE***
  137. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 1957
  138. Gorgias, Plato
  139. Phaedrus, Plato
  140. The Republic, Plato
  141. Apology, Plato
  142. The Vampyre by John Polidori, 1819
  143. *The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, 1794
  144. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, 1929
  145. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, 1929
  146. The Flies by Jean-Paul Sartre, 1943
  147. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 1913
  148. Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw, 1924***
  149. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 1818
  150. *Emmeline by Charlotte Turner Smith, 1788
  151. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, 1962
  152. The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck, 1961
  153. East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 1952
  154. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939
  155. The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 1830
  156. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886
  157. Dracula by Bram Stoker, 1897
  158. Tristan by Gottfried von Strassburg, c. 1200
  159. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, 1726
  160. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1848
  161. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, 1869
  162. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 1877
  163. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope, 1857
  164. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope, 1871
  165. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope, 1863
  166. Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain, 1894
  167. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, 1876
  168. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, 1881
  169. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 1884
  170. Candide by Voltaire, 1759
  171. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 1945***
  172. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, 1764
  173. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 1905
  174. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, 1911
  175. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 1920
  176. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, 1895
  177. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, 1890
  178. *The Virginian by Owen Wister, 1859
  179. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, 1925
  180. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, 1927
  181. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf, 1941
  182. The Waves by Virginia Woolf, 1931
  183. Germinal by Emile Zola, 1885

A Few Notes:
An * before the book indicates I only have an electronic copy
*** after the book indicates I know I have the damn book but I can’t find it on the shelves

Note on defining the term “classic”: I’m really just talking about books published a (relatively) long time ago. For my purposes, I’m making the cut-off date 1980 – as in books published before I was born (although I think I have at least one up there from 1985). I do also carry the caveat that these pre-1980 books (or their authors) be considered ‘worthy of study’ by a generally large number of academics.

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