A Classic Book Challenge + Link Up!

Join the classic book challenge and link up with your list of classic books that you want to read! | NewberyandBeyond.com

After reading The Year of Reading Dangerously, I was inspired to create my own list of classics that I’ve overlooked over the years. These are books that I want to read, books that I feel I should have read already, or books that I have read but I feel like I didn’t “get” the first time.

I know I’m not the only one who has a nagging list of overlooked classics waiting to be read, so I decided to create a link up for us all to share our experiences and reviews as we work through that list. In this month’s link up, you can share your list of classics (and feel free to tell us why you picked those books or why you haven’t yet read them). Here’s my list of classics that I’ll be working my way through:

  1. Middlemarch; George Eliot
  2. A Confederacy of Dunces; John Kennedy Toole
  3. Lord of the Flies; William Golding
  4. Vanity Fair; William Makepeace Thackeray
  5. Beloved; Toni Morrison
  6. Orlando; Virginia Woolf
  7. Mrs. Dalloway; Virginia Woolf
  8. To the Lighthouse; Virginia Woolf
  9. 1984; George Orwell
  10. The Grapes of Wrath; John Steinbeck
  11. The Bell Jar; Sylvia Plath
  12. Julius Caesar; William Shakespeare
  13. Slaughterhouse-Five; Kurt Vonnegut
  14. Their Eyes were Watching God; Zora Neale Hurston
  15. Walden; Henry David Thoreau
  16. The Sound and the Fury; William Faulkner
  17. The Canterbury Tales; Geoffrey Chaucer
  18. Faust; Goethe
  19. Invisible Man; Ralph Ellison
  20. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Maya Angelou
  21. A Raisin in the Sun; Lorraine Hansberry
  22. War of the Worlds; H.G. Wells
  23. On the Road; Jack Kerouac
  24. Paradise Lost; Milton
  25. Inferno; Dante
  26. Tess of the D’urbervilles; Thomas Hardy
  27. Brideshead Revisited; Evelyn Waugh
  28. Crime and Punishment; Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. Les Miserables; Victor Hugo
  30. Fahrenheit 451; Ray Bradbury
  31. Dracula; Bram Stoker
  32. Watership Down; Richard Adams
  33. Candide; Voltaire
  34. My Antonia; Willa Cather
  35. Much Ado about Nothing; William Shakespeare
  36. Thank You, Jeeves; P.G. Wodehouse
  37. The Maltese Falcon; Dashiell Hammett
  38. Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Joan Didion
  39. The Outsiders; SE Hinton
  40. The Collected Poems; Langston Hughes

I’m so excited to see your lists! Be sure to check out the other posts in the linky as well. Each month, I’ll open a new linky for everyone to share their progress in working through their list.


About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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