The List

What Is This?

Below is the lengthy list of what I aim to read. The list mostly contains work I found on most scholastic ‘required reading’ lists (sorted by title, a to z). Marked in Bold is what I’m currently reading; and can also seen under the Groups menu.

It Will Take Forever

I’m not sure how long it will take for me to finish. I imagine myself passing on with A Tale of Two Cities resting open on my chest; maybe on page 146. My tentative goal is to read 3 – 4 books every month; a goal just outside the boundaries of realistic.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

I’m open to corrections, and excited for suggestions. Any error in my list? Have a suggestion? Let me know.

Here’s The List

  1.  1984, George Orwell (1949)
  2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne (1870)
  3. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (1842)
  4. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (1962)
  5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain (1889)
  6. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (1929)
  7. A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present , Howard Zinn (1980)
  8. A Room with a View, E. M. Forster (1908)
  9. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (1859)
  10. A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller (1955)
  11. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
  12. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren (1946)
  13. Animal Farm, George Orwell (1945)
  14. Antigone, Sophocles (441 BC)
  15. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne (1873)
  16. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner (1930)
  17. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (1957)
  18. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
  19. Beowulf, Anonymous (8th and the early 11th centuries)
  20. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (1932)
  21. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck (1945)
  22. Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer (End of the 14th century)
  23. Catch-22, Joseph Heller (1961)
  24. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1963)
  25. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White (1952)
  26. Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau (1849)
  27. Common Sense, Thomas Paine (1776)
  28. Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848)
  29. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)
  30. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller (1949)
  31. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (1605)
  32. Dracula, Bram Stoker (1897)
  33. Dune, Fank Herbert (1965)
  34. East of Eden, John Steinbeck (1952)
  35. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation , Lynne Truss (2003)
  36. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry (2009)
  37. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton (1911)
  38. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (1953)
  39. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway (1940)
  40. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1818)
  41. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  42. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (1861)
  43. Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift (1726)
  44. Hard Times, Charles Dickens (1854)
  45. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (1899)
  46. Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, Helen Keller (1903)
  47. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (1969)
  48. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (1966)
  49. Inherit the Wind, Jerome Lawrence (1955)
  50. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (1952)
  51. Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare (1599)
  52. King Lear, William Shakespeare (1603)
  53. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1928)
  54. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo (1862)
  55. Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov (1955)
  56. Lord of the Flies, William Golding (1954)
  57. Macbeth, William Shakespeare (1603)
  58. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie (1980)
  59. Moby Dick, Herman Melville (1851)
  60. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (1925)
  61. Mythology, Edith Hamilton (1942)
  62. Night (Un di Velt Hot Geshvign), Elie Wiesel (1955)
  63. Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1864)
  64. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles (429 BC)
  65. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (1937)
  66. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens (1837)
  67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey (1962)
  68. Point Counter Point, Aldous Huxley (1928)
  69. Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw (1912)
  70. Rabbit, Run, John Updike (1960)
  71. Rights of Man, Thomas Paine (1791)
  72. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (1591)
  73. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse  (1922)
  74. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1969)
  75. Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse  (1927)
  76. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (1884)
  77. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (1876)
  78. The Art of War, Sun Tzu (2nd century BC)
  79. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963)
  80. The Call of the Wild, Jack London (1903)
  81. The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss (1957)
  82. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (1951)
  83. The Centaur, John Updike (1963)
  84. The Color Purple, Alice Walker (1982)
  85. The Crucible, Arthur Miller (1953)
  86. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1942)
  87. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri (1308)
  88. The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr., E.B. White (1919)
  89. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton (1787)
  90. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (1939)
  91. The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis (1945)
  92. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  93. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
  94. The Hound of Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1902)
  95. The Ides of March, Thorton Wilder (1948)
  96. The Illiad, Homer (760 –710 BC)
  97. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde (1895)
  98. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells (1897)
  99. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair (1906)
  100. The Man Without a Country, Edward Everett Hale (1863)
  101. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka (1915)
  102. The Odyssey, Homer (End of the 8th century BC)
  103. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (1952)
  104. The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859)
  105. The Pearl, John Steinbeck (1947)
  106. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (1890)
  107. The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli (1532)
  108. The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain (1881)
  109. The Princess Bride, William Goldman (1973)
  110. The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe (1845)
  111. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane (1894)
  112. The Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand (1969)
  113. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
  114. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner (1929)
  115. The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
  116. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway (1926)
  117. The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare (1590)
  118. The Tempest, William Shakespeare (1610)
  119. The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas (1844)
  120. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (1895)
  121. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, William Shakespeare (1599)
  122. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, William Shakespeare (1603)
  123. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James (1898)
  124. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  125. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (1960)
  126. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller (1934)
  127. Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup (1853)
  128. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life, Herman Melville (1846)
  129. Ulysses, James Joyce (1922)
  130. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
  131. Utopia, Thomas More (1516)
  132. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray (1847)
  133. Walden, Henry David Thoreau (1854)
  134. We the Living, Ayn Rand (1936)

 

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One comment

  1. I’d say it’s a good start!

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