Book List

Bold those you have read. Italicize those you want to read. Underline those you started, but haven’t actually finished yet. * indicates personal favorites.
+indicates having seen on stage

Beowulf (a translation)
Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
Agee, James – A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice*
Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot+

Bellow, Saul – The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre*
Brontë, Emily – Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert – The Stranger

Cather, Willa – Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey – The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton – The Cherry Orchard+

Chopin, Kate – The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore – The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage
Dante – Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel – Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities*

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore – An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers*
Eliot, George – The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo – Selected Essays

Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William – The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry – Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary*

Ford, Ford Madox – The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von – Faust
Golding, William – Lord of the Flies*
Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter*
Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
Homer – The Iliad
Homer – The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor – The Hunchback of Notre Dame*

Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House+

James, Henry – The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry – The Turn of the Screw+
Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz – The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong – The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair – Babbitt
London, Jack – The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas – The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman – Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman – Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur – The Crucible*
Morrison, Toni – Beloved
O’Connor, Flannery – A Good Man is Hard to Find
O’Neill, Eugene – Long Day’s Journey into Night
Orwell, George – Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris – Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan – Selected Tales

Proust, Marcel – Swann’s Way
Pynchon, Thomas – The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria – All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond – Cyrano de Bergerac*
Roth, Henry – Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William – Hamlet+*
Shakespeare, William – Macbeth+
Shakespeare, William – A Midsummer Night’s Dream+*
Shakespeare, William – Romeo and Juliet+*
Shaw, George Bernard – Pygmalion

Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon – Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles – Antigone
Sophocles – Oedipus Rex

Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels
Thackeray, William – Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David – Walden
Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan – Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn+
Voltaire – Candide+

Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. – Harrison Bergeron
Walker, Alice – The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora – Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee – The Glass Menagerie+*
Woolf, Virginia – To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard – Native Son


6 responses to this post.

  1. I think you win.
    You, Larry and Ryan all have read more of these than I have, but so far I’m the only one who has read Things Fall Apart.


  2. I can’t – I don’t know how to bold, italicize or underline.


  3. Here’s the LJ FAQ page on how to do that stuff:
    I think it has links to other pages that’ll tell you how to make links, add images, etc. If not, just go to the main FAQ page and scroll down a bit.


  4. Done and done.
    What’s interesting to me is that you seem to have read all of these “great” novels that she wants to. In other words, no italics!
    Now, that’s accomplishment.


  5. Re: Done and done.
    But I just realized you haven’t read catch-22, which is a grievous error and needs to be italicized immediately.
    But, of course, if you haven’t read it, then you don’t know how great it is and wouldn’t wish to read it, and wouldn’t italicize it. But if you read it and knew that you would have wanted to read it, you would have to bold it because you read it, or at least underline it while in process. There’s no way to italicize catch-22!
    It’s a catch-22!
    The word “catch” sounds funny if you say it enough.


  6. catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch catch


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