100 Classics to Read in a Lifetime


I am so behind on classics. I guess being an Indian, I have mostly missed the foreign literature big time. Whenever I see anyone saying ‘this is my favourite classic’, ‘that is my favourite classic’, I always think what’s mine? because I haven’t read enough classics to tell which one is my favourite. So I found this challenge on BookBub blog which list the 100 classics which you should read in a lifetime. This list contains 19th century British literature to modern classics.






The List

Here’s the full list by BookBub. Most of the books in this list are common to Rory Gilmore Reading List but I think its better to keep it separate. I would mark each title done, as I would make progress.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Selected Poems by e. e. cummings
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • The Republic by Plato
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats


Modern Classics
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou






My progress

5% Complete
5 of 100 books






Let's Chat

How many classics have you read from this list? Comment down below or you can take part in this challenge with me 🙂




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