200 Books


This is a list of 200 “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: this is a revamp of my old list of books I had up here before. I updated this in January 2013, so it looks like I haven’t read anything here. I’ve 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?]

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
  • Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  • The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  • The Age of Reason – Jean Paul Sartre
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  • All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
  • An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  • As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  • As You Like It – William Shakespeare
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  • The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Being and Nothingness – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Black Boy – Richard Wright
  • The Black Sheep – Honore de Balzac
  • Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thorton Wilder
  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
  • The Call of the Wild – Jack London
  • The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Chosen – Chaim Potok
  • City of Glass – Paul Aster
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  • Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  • Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
  • The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
  • A Death in the Family – James Agee
  • Deliverance – James Dickey
  • Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  • Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • Emma – Jane Austin
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  • Exodus – Leon Uris
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  • Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  • Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gulliver’s Travels – Johnathan Swift
  • Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
  • Hiroshima – John Hersey
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  • I, Claudius – Robert Graves
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • The Iliad – Homer
  • The Interpretation of Dreams – Sigmund Freud
  • In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • King Lear – William Shakespeare
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  • Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
  • The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare
  • Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  • Moravagine – Blaise Cendrars
  • A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • Much Ado about Nothing – William Shakespeare
  • Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff
  • My Antonia – Willa Cather
  • Native Son – Richard Wright
  • Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  • O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
  • The Odyssey – Homer
  • Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset  Maugham
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • On the Beach – Nevil Shute
  • On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • On the Social Contract – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Axelxander Solzhenitsyn
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Othello – William Shakespeare
  • The Ox-Bow Incident – Walter Clark
  • Paradise Lost – John Milton
  • The Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  • The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  • The Plague – Albert Camus
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  • The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  • The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • QB VII – Leon Uris
  • The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  • The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  • The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Republic – Plato
  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  • A Room with a View – E.M. Forster
  • The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel – Emma B. Orczy
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  • Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
  • Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  • Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Stranger – Albert Camus
  • Sula – Toni Morrison
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • To the Lighthouse –  Virginia Woolf
  • Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Remembrance – Herman Wouk
  • Watchmen – Alan Moore
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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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