Over the past few years, I have started to read a lot of classics, and, the more I read, the easier they become to understand (and enjoy). I have read some fantastic books, from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, yet there are still quite a few of the ‘well-known’ classics that I have never gotten around to reading. This isn’t necessarily a problem; there are a lot of classics out there, and I still (hopefully) have a long time to read them, but I thought it might be interesting to write down fifty of the books that I hope to read before I die; the idea is that I’ll be able to cross a couple of these titles off each year!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare.
As You Like It by William Shakespeare.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo.
The Iliad by Homer.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare.
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
Middlemarch by George Eliot.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis.
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare.
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
Pericles by William Shakespeare.
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
Ulysses by James Joyce.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Do you want to read any of these books? Perhaps you can recommend me some more classics that I can add to my list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!