Conquering the Classics


This is going to be a work in progress and before you scream at me or leave me comments with “How could you have never read…?”, remember we were all required to read different books in school. English literature was the predominant course for my school and I can rattle off Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales like no one’s business. There are many classics that are crying out to me to be read. As the list gets “conquered”  there will be a review for each one highlighted. Those without links are still waiting to be read. They are listed alphabetically by author.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (1979)

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (1817)

Persuasion – Jane Austen (1817)

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (1953)

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (1847)

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie (1939)

Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie (1943)

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (1938)

Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner (1936)

The Sound and the Fury = William Faulkner (1929)

Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1933)

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (1856)

A Room With a View – E.M. Forster (1908)

Howards End – E. M. Forster (1910)

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (1942)

North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell  (1865)

The End of the Affair – Graham Greene (1951)

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (1891)

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (1961)

The Complete Short Stories – Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (1952)

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (1920)

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse (1922)

Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith (1950)

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith (1955)

This Sweet Sickness – Patricia Highsmith (1960)

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)

On The Road- Jack Kerouac (1957)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence

The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Complete Stories – Flannery O’Connor (1971)

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (1963)

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

The Time Machine – H. G. Wells

The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

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