This week I decided to start on my goal of reading my way through 25 classic novels. I’m at a weird point in life – I’ve graduated, but I can’t start looking for a job because I’m moving out of state soon. I’ve spent the past few days taking surveys to earn a bit of money, but I’ve been earning money at a rate of $2 an hour. For someone who made almost $20 an hour nannying during college, this has been a sad, pathetic way to earn money.
I feel that if I work through some books I’ll keep my smarts in tact (because taking surveys where everything is written in caps lock is KILLING MY SOUL) and I’ll maybe feel accomplished at the end of the day. Finishing some more goals will be satisfying as well.
With the help of some friends (thanks Grandma, Heidi, Hanna, Michaila, Lauren, and Mrs. B!), I’ve compiled my list of books that I’ll be reading over the next year and two months. So, in no particular order…
Stephanie’s Reading List
1984 – George Orwell Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin Lord of the Flies – William Golding The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Beloved – Toni Morrison Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- East of Eden – John Steinbeck
- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
- Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
- Mrs. Dalloway – Lev Grossman
- Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
- Sound and the Fury – Faulkner
- The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
- Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
Native Son – Richard Wright
- Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
It was really difficult to make some cuts, but I now have a list of 75 other classic novels I can read. I also have at least two books I was supposed to read in high school that I need to finish. If anyone feels like reading the books along with me I’d love to hear from you! I love discussing what I’ve read! I think I’m starting with the Great Gatsby, since Hanna so highly recommended it.
Let me know if you have any other recommendations! I can add them to my list of 75. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have a list of 100 by the time I’m done with my 25.
*Edit – Sorry Hanna! I took out Huck Finn because I’m reading it separately for a different goal! I added Beloved by Toni Morrison to number 9.