250 Books


This is a list of 250 “classic” books that I will be working through for the next several years. I will link to my reviews of the books as I complete them. 

[Note: I’ve actually read about half of the books on this list, but I want to re-read them because I read a lot of them when I was younger. And really, how much can a 7th grader get out of War and Peace?]

  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
  3. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  4. Adam Bede – George Eliot
  5. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  6. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  9. The Age of Reason – Jean Paul Sartre
  10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  11. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  12. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
  13. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  14. Andersonville – MacKinlay Kantor
  15. Angels in America – Tony Kushner
  16. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  17. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  18. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  19. Arrowsmith – Sinclair Lewis
  20. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  21. As You Like It – William Shakespeare
  22. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  23. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  24. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  25. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  26. Bartleby the Scrivener – Herman Melville
  27. The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  28. Being and Nothingness – Jean-Paul Sartre
  29. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  30. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  31. Black Boy – Richard Wright
  32. The Black Sheep – Honore de Balzac
  33. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  34. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  35. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  36. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
  37. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  38. The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thorton Wilder
  39. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  40. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  41. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
  42. The Call of the Wild – Jack London
  43. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  44. Candide – Voltaire
  45. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  46. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  47. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  48. The Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov
  49. The Chosen – Chaim Potok
  50. City of Glass – Paul Aster
  51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  52. The Code of the Woosters – P. G. Wodehouse
  53. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  54. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  55. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  56. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  57. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  58. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  59. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  60. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
  61. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  62. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  63. Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
  64. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  65. A Death in the Family – James Agee
  66. Deliverance – James Dickey
  67. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  68. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  69. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  70. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  71. Dune – Frank Herbert
  72. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  73. Emma – Jane Austin
  74. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  75. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  76. Exodus – Leon Uris
  77. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  78. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  79. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  80. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  81. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  82. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  83. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  84. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  85. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  86. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
  87. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  88. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  89. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
  90. A Good Man is Hard to Find – Flannery O’Connor
  91. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  92. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  93. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  94. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  95. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  96. Gulliver’s Travels – Johnathan Swift
  97. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  98. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  99. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  100. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
  101. Hiroshima – John Hersey
  102. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  103. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  104. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  105. How Green was My Valley – Richard Llewellyn
  106. Howards End – E. M. Forster
  107. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  108. I, Claudius – Robert Graves
  109. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  110. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  111. The Iliad – Homer
  112. The Importance of Being Ernest – Oscar Wilde
  113. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  114. Ivanhoe – Walter Scott
  115. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  116. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
  117. Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
  118. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  119. King Lear – William Shakespeare
  120. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  121. The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  122. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  123. Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
  124. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  125. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  126. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  127. Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
  128. Long Day’s Journey into Night – Eugene O’Neill
  129. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
  130. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  131. Lorna Doone – R. D. Blackmore
  132. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  133. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  134. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  135. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  136. The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare
  137. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  138. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  139. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  140. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  141. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
  142. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  143. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  144. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  145. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  146. Much Ado about Nothing – William Shakespeare
  147. Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff
  148. My Antonia – Willa Cather
  149. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass
  150. Native Son – Richard Wright
  151. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  152. A Night to Remember – Walter Lord
  153. The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail – Robert Edwin Lee and Jerome Lawrence
  154. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  155. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
  156. The Odyssey – Homer
  157. Oedipus Rex – Sophocles
  158. Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset  Maugham
  159. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  160. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  161. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  162. On the Beach – Nevil Shute
  163. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  164. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Axelxander Solzhenitsyn
  165. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  166. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  167. The Optimist’s Daughter – Eudora Welty
  168. Othello – William Shakespeare
  169. Our Town – Thornton Wilder
  170. The Ox-Bow Incident – Walter Clark
  171. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  172. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  173. The Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens
  174. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  175. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  176. The Plague – Albert Camus
  177. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  178. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  179. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  180. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  181. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  182. Pygmalion – Bernard Shaw
  183. QB VII – Leon Uris
  184. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  185. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
  186. A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry
  187. The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham
  188. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  189. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  190. The Reivers – William Faulkner
  191. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  192. The Republic – Plato
  193. The Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
  194. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  195. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  196. A Room with a View – E.M. Forster
  197. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Tom Stoppard
  198. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  199. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  200. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Emma B. Orczy
  201. Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
  202. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
  203. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  204. A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  205. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  206. Silas Marner – George Eliot
  207. Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
  208. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  209. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  210. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  211. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  212. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  213. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  214. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  215. Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
  216. Sula – Toni Morrison
  217. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  218. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  219. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  220. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  221. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  222. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  223. This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  224. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  225. Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche
  226. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
  227. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  228. To the Lighthouse –  Virginia Woolf
  229. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  230. Travels with Charlie – John Steinbeck
  231. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  232. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  233. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  234. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  235. Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
  236. Ulysses – James Joyce
  237. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  238. V. – Thomas Pynchon
  239. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  240. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  241. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  242. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  243. War and Remembrance – Herman Wouk
  244. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells
  245. Watchmen – Alan Moore
  246. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  247. Winseburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
  248. The World According to Garp – John Irving
  249. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  250. You Can’t Go Home Again – Thomas Wolfe

2 responses

  1. You have a lot more reds than blues! Good going Punk! I wanted to make the “red” red and the “blue” blue, but I don’t know how in a comment box.

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  2. A Clockwork Orange, was huge impact on my life I think base half of my early behavior on it. Heck till this days I still say “ultraviolence” and have bit of fun with there language used in the book

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