The New Classic Reading List

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 

  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
  3. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  8. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  9. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  10. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  11. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  12. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  13. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  14. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  15. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  16. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  17. Mrs. Dalloway – Lev Grossman
  18. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  19. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  20. The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  21. Sound and the Fury – Faulkner
  22. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  23. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  24. Native Son – Richard Wright
  25. 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.

One thought on “The New Classic Reading List

  1. YES! GATSBY! Great choice : ) Also, let me know when you want to read David Copperfield and I’ll buy it and we can skype or FaceTime our book club! so excited! ALSO, glad you added Huck Finn- awesome book. Love MT.

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