The Classics List

In 2017, I am embarking upon a long held life goal – to read the top 100 classic novels. The list below was compiled by The Guardian and chosen at random to be my list for this challenge. All books must be newly read (aka within the last 6 months) to be marked off. I may periodically post some thoughts on these books, but the general star rating (out of 5 possible stars) will otherwise suffice. [Bold = read for the first time; Bold Italic = reread for however many-ith time]

  1. Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes
  2. Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  3. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe***
  4. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift*
  5. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  6. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  7. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
  8. Dangerous Liasons – Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
  9. Emma – Jane Austen****
  10. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  11. Nightmare Abbey – Thomas Love Peacock
  12. The Black Sheep – Honore De Balzac***
  13. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  14. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  15. Sybil – Benjamin Disraeli
  16. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte***
  18. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte*****
  19. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne**
  21. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  22. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  23. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  24. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll****
  25. Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott
  26. The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope
  27. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  28. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  29. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  30. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  31. Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  32. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
  34. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde****
  35. The Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith
  36. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  37. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
  38. The Call of the Wild – Jack London****
  39. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  40. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  41. In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
  42. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  43. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  44. The Thirty-Nine Steps – Buchan
  45. Ulysses – James Joyce
  46. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Wolf
  47. A Passage to India – EM Forster
  48. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald*****
  49. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  50. Men Without Women – Ernest Hemingway
  51. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  52. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  53. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  54. Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
  55. USA – John Dos Passos
  56. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  57. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  58. The Plague – Albert Camus
  59. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
  60. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  61. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  62. Wide Blood – Flannery O’Connor
  63. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  64. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien*****
  65. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  66. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  67. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  68. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  69. Lolita – Vladimir Nobakov**
  70. The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
  71. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  72. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  73. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee*****
  74. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  75. Herzog – Saul Bellow
  76. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  77. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor
  78. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre
  79. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison****
  80. The Bottle Factory Outing – Beryl Bainbridge
  81. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  82. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Italo Calvino
  83. A Bend in the River – VS Naipaul
  84. Waiting for the Barbarians – JM Coetzee
  85. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
  86. Lanark – Alsadair Gray
  87. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  88. The BFG – Roald Dahl
  89. The Periodic Table – Primo Levi
  90. Money – Martin Amis
  91. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
  92. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  93. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  94. Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie
  95. LA Confidential – James Ellroy
  96. Wise Children – Angela Carter
  97. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  98. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
  99. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  100. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald

See anything missing from the list?? I’d love to read your recommendations of great classic novels in the comments below!