Challenges

300 Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once

My history of finishing classics is really bad. I hear someone mention a classic and i feel like I really want to read it but then I usually get to about 25% before i give up….or get distracted… Well i’ve made a list here and plan to stick to it…lol! If you’d like to join check out the official checklist. I also plan on using this list as my #theclassicsclub list! You can check my updates using tag #300books.

TOTAL BOOKS: 300 TOTAL READ: 3 COMPLETE: 1% TOTAL TBR: 297 LEFT: 99%
Last Updated: August 4

** = “Modern” Classic

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. 1984
3. Harry Potter Series **
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. Animal Farm
6. The Hobbit
7. The Diary of a Young Girl
8. The Catcher in the Rye
9. The Little Prince
10. The Great Gatsby
11. Jane Eyre
12. The Lord of the Rings
13. Romeo and Juliet
14. The Chronicles of Narnia
15. Fahrenheit 451
16. Lord of the Flies
17. The Hunger Games Trilogy **
18. The Book Thief
19. The Giver
20. Kite Runner **
21. Charlotte’s Web **
22. Alice in Wonderland
23. Little Women
24. Of Mice and Men
25. Wuthering Heights
26. Night
27. Gone With the Wind
28. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
29. The Picture of Dorian Gray
30. Hamlet
31. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
32. Brave New World
33. Les Miserables
34. Memoirs of a Geisha **
35. Crime and Punishment
36. The Secret Garden
37. The Alchemist
38. A Christmas Carol
39. The Color Purple **
40. The Help
41. The Grapes of Wrath
42. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
43. Ender’s Game **
44. One Hundred Years of Solitude
45. A Tale of Two Cities
46. The Outsiders **
47. Anne of Green Gables
48. Winnie-The-Pooh
49. A Thousand Splendid Suns **
50. Life of Pi **
51. Tuesdays With Morrie **
52. The Count of Monte Cristo
53. Catch-22
54. Anna Karenina
55. Flowers for Algernon
56. Slaughterhouse-Five
57. The Scarlet Letter
58. The Old Man and the Sea
59. The Time Traveler’s Wife
60. Frankenstein
61. MacBeth
62. Lolita
63. The Handmaid’s Tale **
64. Siddhartha
65. The Metamorphosis
66. Little House Series
67. The Stranger
68. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
69. A Clockwork Orange
70. War and Peace
71. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
72. The Stand **
73. Atlas Shrugged
74. Don Quixote
75. All Quiet on the Western Front
76. The Poisonwood Bible **
77. The Brothers Karamazov
78. Moby Dick6/24/2018
79. The Good Earth
80. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
81. Great Expectations
82. A Wrinkle in Time
83. Dracula
84. Matilda
85. The Fault in Our Stars
86. Sense and Sensibility
87. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
88. Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
89. Fountainhead
90. Where the Red Fern Grows
91. The Princess Bride
92. East of Eden
93. The Lovely Bones **
94. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
95. Watership Down – Richard Adams
96. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
97. The Five People You Meet in Heaven
98. A Prayer for Owen Meany
99. Rebecca
100. Angela’s Ashes
101. Perfume
102. The Bell Jar
103. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
104. The Call of the Wild 07/18/2018
105. Game of Thrones
106. Dune
107. Bridge to Terabithia
108. Water for Elephants **
109. The Divine Comedy
110. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
111. The Three Musketeers
112. The Name of the Rose
113. Persuasion
114. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
115. The Road
116. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
117. The Pillars of the Earth
118. Oliver Twist
119. The Canterbury Tales
120. And Then There Were None
121. The Secret Life of Bees
122. His Dark Materials Trilogy
123. On the Road
124. Heart of Darkness
125. Love in the Time of Cholera
126. The Master and Margarita
127. The Shadow of the Wind
128. Interview With the Vampire
129. The Invisible Man
130. In Cold Blood
131. Aesop’s Fables
132. Gulliver’s Travels
133. The Origin of Species
134. Walden
135. Roots
136. The Glass Castle
137. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
138. Sophie’s World
139. The Screwtape Letters
140. Robinson Crusoe
141. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
142. Candide
143. The Prince
144. The Complete Sherlock Holmes
145. Fight Club
146. The Art of War
147. The Mists of Avalon
148. The Time Machine
149. Watchmen
150. The Godfather
151. The Trial
152. The Sun Also Rises
153. Tuck Everlasting
154. Stranger in a Strange Land
155. Emma
156. Atonement
157. The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
158. Beloved
159. James and the Giant Peach
160. Leaves of Grass
161. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
162. The Things They Carried
163. Their Eyes Were Watching God
164. The Phantom Toolbooth
165. Number the Stars
166. Middlesex
167. The World According to Garp
168. A Separate Peace
169. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
170. The Wind in the Willows
171. Speak
172. A People’s History of the United States
173. Into the Wild
174. A Little Princess
175. The Story of My Life
176. Murder on the Orient Express
177. A Farewell to Arms
178. Schindler’s List
179. Maus: The Complete Maus
180. Cat’s Cradle
181. Blindness
182. A Short History of Nearly Everything
183. A Confederacy of Dunces
184. Sophie’s Choice
185. Island of the Blue Dolphins
186. The Joy Luck Club
187. Things Fall Apart
188. Peter Pan
189. Tess of the D’Urbervilles
190. Madame Bovary
191. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
192. Nickel and Dimed
193. The Phantom of the Opera
194. Ulysses
195. American Gods
196. Holes
197. Paradise Lost
198. The Jungle
199. Good Omens
200. A Brief History of Time
201. Julius Caesar
202. Are You There God It’s Me Margaret
203. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich
204. The House of the Spirits
205. The God of Small Things
206. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
207. Lonesome Dove
208. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
209. Death of a Salesman
210. A Walk in the Woods
211. Lamb
212. Never Let Me Go
213. Norwegian Wood
214. Neverwhere
215. The Awakening
216. Cry, the Beloved Country
217. Vanity Fair
218. Middlemarch
219. The Remains of the Day
220. David Copperfield
221. All the King’s Men
222. Death Comes for the Archbishop
223. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
224. Brideshead Revisited
225. Midnight’s Children
226. Song of Solomon
227. To the Lighthouse
228. Native Son
229. Go Tell It on the Mountain
230. For Whom the Bell Tolls
231. Rabbit, Run
232. Wide Sargasso Sea
233. Pale Fire
234. An American Tragedy
235. The Adventures of Augie March
236. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
237. The Hours
238. The Year of Magical Thinking
239. Everything Is Illuminated
240. Dead Souls
241. Far From the Madding Crowd
242. The Bean Trees
243. Journey to the Center of the Earth
244. Germinal – Emile Zola
245. As I Lay Dying
246. The Woman in White
247. Tropic of Cancer
248. A Room With a View
249. Of Human Bondage
250. Tender Is the Night
251. The Plague
252. Kim
253. The Collector
254. Howards End
255. The Crucible
256. Gravity’s Rainbow
257. Herzog
258. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
259. Revolutionary Road
260. Bleak House
261. The Age of Innocence
262. I, Claudius
263. Jude the Obscure
264. Tom Jones
265. Beowulf
266. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
267. The New York Trilogy
268. Possession
269. Treasure Island
270. The Sound and the Fury
271. Angle of Repose
272. Notes From the Underground
273. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
274. The War of the Worlds07/17/2018
275. Women in Love
276. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
277. The Secret History
278. Persepolis
279. The Lottery
280. The Idiot
281. The Namesake
282. Ragtime
283. Sons and Lovers
284. The Postman Always Rings Twice
285. The Maltese Falcon
286. A Passage to India
287. We Have Always Lived in the Castle
288. Lady Chatterly’s Lover
289. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
290. Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
291. The Iliad and the Odyssey
292. High Fidelity
293. Valley of the Dolls
294. American Psycho
295. Gone Girl
296. Reading Lolita in Tehran
297. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest **
298. Mrs. Dalloway
299. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
300. The Turn of the Screw
alternatives
301. Testament of Youth
302. Around The World in 80 Days
303. Out of Africa
304. Democracy in America
305. The Story of Mankind
I plan to update this list monthly ns perhaps add more book to it… I sorta see this more of a Lifetime Reading List! What books do you have on your classics club list?

I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.

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