The List

Here’s the list of books that I set myself to read. Some of them I’ve already read, and you should be seeing blog posts about my thoughts on all of them in time. It’s also a good way to keep up with progress.

It’s worth saying that although this is a list that I compiled from different sources of ‘Nation’s Favourite Books’ or ‘Top Books to Read before you Die’ etc. it’s a very personal list of books that I wanted to read. There’s definitely a sense of achievement about reading the classics, but if you’re pretty sure you’re going to hate it, it doesn’t excite you and you don’t find it interesting, there’s no point putting it on the list. I’m fully prepared to find a lot of these tricky, but I’ll give every one a go, at least once!

  1. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen ✔
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien ✔
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkein ✔
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkein ✔
  5. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams ✔
  6. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  7. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier ✔
  8. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  9. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  10. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres ✔
  11. War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  12. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein
  13. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  14. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  15. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet
  16. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  17. Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott
  18. Persuasion – Jane Austen ✔
  19. Emma – Jane Austen ✔
  20. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas
  21. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  22. Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck
  23. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy ✔
  24. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  25. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevksy
  26. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov ✔
  27. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  28. The Color Purple – Alice Walker ✔
  29. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  30. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie ✔
  31. The Female Eunuch – Germaine Greer
  32. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  33. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath ✔
  34. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad ✔
  35. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  36. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  37. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  38. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  39. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  40. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  41. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe ✔
  42. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood ✔
  43. Dr Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  44. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Remarque
  45. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  46. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  47. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre ✔
  48. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  49. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  50. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons ✔
  51. The Secret History – Donna Tartt ✔
  52. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  53. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  54. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  55. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray ✔
  56. Sense & Sensibility – Jane Austen
  57. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  58. Tess of the D’Urbevilles – Thomas Hardy ✔
  59. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte ✔
  60. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  61. Call of the Wild – Jack London
  62. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  63. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess ✔
  64. Sons & Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  65. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence ✔
  66. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel ✔
  67. Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel ✔
  68. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides ✔
  69. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  70. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  71. North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell ✔
  72. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  73. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt ✔
  74. The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  75. 1984 – George Orwell ✔
  76. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte ✔
  77. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou ✔
  78. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  79. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  80. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote ✔
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