101 great books to read

A friend who loves books directed me to this list tonight.  It is called “101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers”.   Some titles are also on the ‘100 books’ list I posted here in January.

Have you read any of these?  I did even worse with this list than the other one, having read only four of these and parts of four others.  (If I get bogged down I usually put the book away to pick up later – much later.)

TITLE                       AUTHOR
1. Beowulf   –  —
2. Things Fall Apart  – Chinua Achebe
3. A Death in the Family  – James Agee
4. Pride and Prejudice   – Jane Austen
5. Go Tell It on the Mountain  –  James Baldwin
6. Waiting for Godot  – Samuel Beckett
7. The Adventures of Augie March  – Saul Bellow
8. Jane Eyre  – Charlotte Brontë
9. Wuthering Heights  –  Emily Brontë
10. The Stranger – Albert Camus
11. Death Comes for the Archbishop  – Willa Cather
12. The Canterbury Tales  – Geoffrey Chaucer
13. The Cherry Orchard  – Anton Chekhov
14. The Awakening  – Kate Chopin
15. Heart of Darkness  – Joseph Conrad
16. The Last of the Mohicans  –  James Fenimore Cooper
17. The Red Badge of Courage  – Stephen Crane
18. Inferno  – Dante
19. Don Quixote  – Miguel de Cervantes
20. Robinson Crusoe  – Daniel Defoe
21. A Tale of Two Cities  – Charles Dickens
22. Crime and Punishment  – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
23. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass  – Frederick Douglass
24. An American Tragedy  – Theodore Dreiser
25. The Three Musketeers  – Alexandre Dumas
26. The Mill on the Floss  –  George Eliot
27. Invisible Man  – Ralph Ellison
28. Selected Essays  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
29. As I Lay Dying  –  William Faulkner
30. The Sound and the Fury  – William Faulkner
31. Tom Jones  – Henry Fielding
32. The Great Gatsby  – F. Scott Fitzgerald
33. Gustave  –  Madame Bovary Flaubert
34. The Good Soldier  – Ford Madox Ford
35. Faust  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
36. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
37. Tess of the d’Urbervilles  – Thomas Hardy
38. The Scarlet Letter  – Nathaniel Hawthorne
39. Catch 22  – Joseph Heller
40. A Farewell to Arms  – Ernest  Hemingway
41. The Iliad  – Homer
42. The Odyssey  – Homer
43. The Hunchback of Notre Dame  – Victor Hugo
44. Their Eyes Were Watching God  – Zora Neale Hurston
45. Brave New World  – Aldous Huxley
46. A Doll’s House  – Henrik Ibsen
47. The Portrait of a Lady  – Henry James
48. The Turn of the Screw  – Henry James
49. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  – James Joyce
50. The Metamorphosis  – Franz Kafka
51. The Woman Warrior  –  Maxine Hong Kingston
52. To Kill a Mockingbird  – Harper Lee
53. Babbitt  – Sinclair Lewis
54. The Call of the Wild  – Jack London
55. The Magic Mountain  – Thomas Mann
56. One Hundred Years of Solitude  – Gabriel García Marquez
57. Bartleby the Scrivener  – Herman Melville
58. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
59. The Crucible  –  Arthur Miller
60. Beloved  – Toni  Morrison
61. A Good Man is Hard to Find  – Flannery  O’Connor
62. Long Day’s Journey into Night  –  Eugene O’Neill
63. Animal Farm  – George Orwell
64. Doctor Zhivago  – Boris Pasternak
65. The Bell Jar  – Sylvia Plath
66. Selected Tales  – Edgar Allan Poe
67. Swann’s Way  – Marcel Proust
68. The Crying of Lot 49  – Thomas Pynchon
69. All Quiet on the Western Front  – Erich Maria Remarque
70. Cyrano de Bergerac  – Edmond Rostand
71. Call It Sleep  – Henry Roth
72. The Catcher in the Rye  – J.D. Salinger
73. Hamlet  – William  Shakespeare
74. Macbeth  – William Shakespeare
75. A Midsummer Night’s Dream  – William Shakespeare
76. Romeo and Juliet  – William Shakespeare
77. Pygmalion  – George Bernard Shaw
78. Frankenstein  –  Mary Shelley
79. Ceremony  – Leslie Marmon Silko
80. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
81. Antigone  – Sophocles
82. Oedipus Rex  – Sophocles
83. The Grapes of Wrath  – John Steinbeck
84. Treasure Island  –  Robert Louis Stevenson
85. Uncle Tom’s Cabin  – Harriet Beecher Stowe
86. Gulliver’s Travels  –  Jonathan Swift
87. Vanity Fair  – William Thackeray
88. Walden  – Henry David Thoreau
89. War and Peace  – Leo Tolstoy
90. Fathers and Sons  – Ivan Turgenev
91. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  – Mark Twain
92. Candide  – Voltaire
93. Slaughterhouse-Five  – Kurt Jr.Vonnegut
94. The Color Purple  – Alice Walker
95. The House of Mirth  – Edith Wharton
96. Collected Stories  – Eudora Welty
97. Leaves of Grass  – Walt Whitman
98. The Picture of Dorian Gray  – Oscar Wilde
99. The Glass Menagerie  – Tennessee Williams
100. To the Lighthouse  – Virginia Woolf
101. Native Son  – Richard Wright

So how did you do? Are you looking forward to reading any of them?  Or have you already enjoyed any which are now among your favourites?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

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