100 Classics Challenge List


Here’s the whole list.  Every single book that I will be reading.  When you look at it typed out like this it’s kind of scary!

Please note that this list is a rough draft and while the books will remain the same, the order could change!

Northanger Abbey (done)
War of the Worlds (done)
The Hobbit (done)
Great Expectations (done)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (done)
Paradise Lost (done)
Anne of Green Gables (Currently Reading)
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Little Women
The Great Gatsby
Peter Pan
Pilgrim’s Progress
Huckleberry Finn
The World According to Garp
The Age of Innocence
The Pickwick Papers
East of Eden
The Tale of Genji
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
A Streetcar Named Desire
Wurthering Heights
The Inferno
Grapes of Wrath
The Importance of Being Earnest
A Room with a View
Sleepy Hollow
Silas Marner
A Raisin in the Sun
Pride and Prejudice
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Wizard of Oz
Moby Dick
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Animal Farm
The Awakening
Tess of Durbervilles
The Plague
The Time Machine
The Scarlett Letter
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Secret Garden
Treasure Island
The Portrait of a Lady
A Farewell to Arms
Of Mice and Men
The Hound of Baskervilles
Slaughterhouse 5
David Copperfield
Swiss Family Robinson
Sense and Sensibility
The Jungle Book
The Jungle
Oliver Twist
The Woman in White
Brave New World
Tale of Two Cities
Romeo and Juliet
Gulliver’s Travels
Don Quixote
Madame Bovary
The House of Mirth
Invisible Man
Around the World in 80 Days
Our Town
The Tin Drum
The Fountainhead
The Three Musketeers
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Wind in the Willow
The Way we Live Now
Last of the Mohicans
The House of the Seven Gables
Tom Jones
Cather in the Rye
Tom Sawyer
War and Peace
Lord Jim
The Sound and the Fury
Journey to the End of the Night
The Karamzov Brothers
The Count of Monte Crisco
Mansfield Park
Jane Eyre
Robinson Carusoe
Annan Karenina
Tales of Mystery and Imagination


  1. Good luck! I have actually read quite a few of these lists (not meant to sound like a boast – I study English Literature so probably should have read more, I have never even read Pride and Prejudice!) and though it looks daunting, some of these are absolute gems (my personal favourites from your list are Wuthering Heights, Slaughterhouse 5, Jane Eyre, Paradise Lost, Great Expectations and Frankenstein…) so savour your first read and I hope you fall in love with them too 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you think!

    • It is daunting to be sure but I am encouraged with the responses I have gotten on here. I hope you enjoy the blog and I promise to keep writing!

  2. Where did you get the list? I have been focusing on classics a fair bit over the past few years…and I was looking for a good list. I might swipe it 🙂

    • You’re more than welcome to swipe all you want. Most of the books I have wanted to read for years and some I just find the idea of them interesting. We’ll see how I get through these!

  3. Oh, and let us know how Ulysses goes for you. I tried and tried, but I could NOT make any sense of that horrible book.

    • It will be a very daunting book, for sure. I tried to read it years ago but I am going to make another effort. We’ll see how it goes.

  4. What fun. How did you compile the list?

    I’ve read about half of these. You’re probably having the time of your life.

    • Oh it is a blast. About 75 of these books are ones that I have always had a desire to read. It’s going to be a long time before they are completed but I’m looking forward to the journey.

  5. A very impressive list. I was encouraged to see how many of the books I’ve already read, a large percentage while in school and college. Thank you for liking my post.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog. I have to confess that I have read some of the books myself but I have to read them again. I acknowledge the fact that reading because it was assigned is a lot less enjoyable than reading for my own benefit!

  6. What an interesting idea, I keep a list on goodreads, actually putting it up on the blog is a great idea 🙂

    • Thank you. It can become challenging though because I don’t really take time off not reading. It forces me to be accountable, which is probably a good thing!

  7. You’ve got 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on there twice. I wouldn’t have noticed but I know it’s coming up, and then I saw it again and scrolled back up to check I wasn’t confused.

    I’m surprised by how few of those I’ve read – just the Austens, Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby (both in school), The Hobbit, Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (not Universe, btw), and a couple of others. Maybe next year I’ll try a challenge of my own (but perhaps with fewer books, and more fantasy to suit my own blog).

    • Oh thanks for pointing those things out. I kept going over that list over and over again. Still I missed stuff. I will get those changed here quickly.

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