Classics Reading Challenge

The list is a combination of the Penguin Top 100 novels and a list of the top 100 American novels.

I’ve set myself the challenge to read as many of the following novels as I can. I started in 2020 but have also marked off the books that I read before then to encourage myself to keep going.

Read for the first time before 2020

Read for the first time in/ after 2020

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Go-Between – LP Hartley

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

1984 – George Orwell

Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Beloved – Toni Morrison

The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Call of the Wild – Jack Wolf

The Chrysalids – John Wyndham

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackerary

Perfume – Peter Suskind

Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen

The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

The Outsiders – SE Hinton

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

The Brothers Karamoz – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Scoop – Evelyn Waugh

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Diary of a Nobody – George and Weldon Grossmith

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Orlando – Virginia Woolf

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

The Time Machine – HG Wells

The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy

Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck

My Antonia – Will S Cather

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Of Human Bondage –  W. Somerset Maugham

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

Lost Illusions – HonorĂ© de Balzac

Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Silas Marner – George Eliot

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

Slaughterhouse-5 – Kurt Vonnegut

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Ethan Frome – Evelyn Waugh

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway

The Beautiful and the Damned – F Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald

The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

Revolutionary Road – Richard Yeats

All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren

Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck

The Ambassadors – Henry James

The Crying of Lot 49 – Robert E Kohn

The Winter of Our Discontent – John Steinbeck

Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

All the Little Live Things – Wallace Stegner

The Scarlet Letter – Nigel Hawthorne

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