1. Alcott, Louisa May.  Behind a Mask; or, A Woman's Power.
  2. Alcott, Louisa May.  Pauline's Passion and Punishment.
  3. Alcott, Louisa May.  The Mysterious Key and What It Opened.
  4. Alcott, Louisa May.  The Abbot's Ghose, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation.
  5. Alcott, Louisa May.  A Pair of Eyes; or, Modern Magic.
  6. Alcott, Louisa May.  The Fate of the Forrests.
  7. Alcott, Louisa May.  Perilous Play.
  8. Alcott, Louisa May.  My Mysterious Mademoiselle.
  9. Alcott, Louisa May.  V.V.: or, Plots and Counterplots.
  10. Alcott, Louisa May.  A Marble Woman: or, The Mysterious Model.
  11. Alcott, Louisa May.  The Skeleton in the Closet.
  12. Alcott, Louisa May.  A Whisper in the Dark. 
  13. Alighieri, Dante.  The Divine Comedy.  [translation/Italian]
  14. *Amis, Kingsley.  Lucky Jim.
  15. *Austen, Jane.  Emma.
  16. *Austen, Jane.  Mansfield Park.
  17. *Austen, Jane.  Northanger Abbey.
  18. *Austen, Jane.  Persuasion.
  19. *Austen, Jane.  Pride and Prejudice.
  20. *Austen, Jane.  Sense and Sensibility.
  21. *Brontë, Anne.  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
  22. Brontë, Anne.  Agnes Grey.
  23. *Brontë, Emily.  Wuthering Heights.
  24. Brontë, Charlotte.  Shirley.
  25. *Brontë, Charlotte.  Jane Eyre.
  26. Brontë, Charlotte.  Villette.
  27. Buck, Pearl S.  The Good Earth.
  28. Buck, Pearl S.  The Living Reed.
  29. *Bunyan, John.  The Pilgrim’s Progress.
  30. Burney, Fanny.  Evelina.
  31. Canfield, Dorothy.  The Brimming Cup.
  32. Cather, Willa.  My Ántonia.
  33. Cather, Willa.  Death Comes for the Archbishop.
  34. Cather, Willa.  Shadows on the Rock.
  35. Chopin, Kate.  The Awakening.
  36. Comyns, Barbara.  Our Spoons Came From Woolworths.
  37. Conrad, Joseph.  Heart of Darkness.
  38. Conrad, Joseph.  Lord Jim.
  39. Cooper, James Fenimore.  Last of the Mohicans.
  40. Crane, Stephen.  Great Short Works of Stephen Crane.
  41. de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine.  The Little Prince.  [translation/French]
  42. Defoe, Daniel.  Roxana.
  43. Delafield, E.M.  Diary of a Provincial Lady.
  44. *Dickens, Charles.  Hard Times.
  45. *Dickens, Charles.  A Christmas Carol.
  46. *Dickens, Charles.  Great Expectations.
  47. Dickens, Charles.  A Tale of Two Cities.
  48. *Dickens, Charles.  David Copperfield.
  49. Dickens, Charles.  The Pickwick Papers.
  50. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
  51. *Dreiser, Theordore.  Jenny Gerhardt.
  52.  du Maurier, Daphne.  Rebecca.
  53. Eliot, George.  Adam Bede.
  54. Eliot, George.  Felix Holt.
  55. Eliot, George.  Middlemarch.
  56. *Eliot, George.  Silas Marner.
  57. *Eliot, George.  The Mill on the Floss.
  58. Faulkner, William.  Absalom, Absalom!
  59. *Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  The Great Gatsby.
  60. *Forster, E. M.  Howard's End.
  61. Forster, E. M. Maurice.
  62. *Forster, E. M.  A Passage to India.
  63. *Forster, E. M.  A Room With a View.
  64. Forster, E. M.  Where Angels Fear to Tread.
  65. Gaskell, Elizabeth.  Mary Barton.
  66. *Gaskell, Elizabeth.  North and South. (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)
  67. *Gilman, Charlotte Perkins.  The Yellow Wallpaper.
  68. Giono, Jean.  The Horseman on the Roof.  [translation]
  69. Godden, Rumer.  The Greengage Summer. 
  70. Goldsmith, Oliver.  The Vicar of Wakefield.
  71. *Hardy, Thomas.  Jude the Obscure.
  72. *Hardy, Thomas.  Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
  73. Hardy, Thomas.  The Mayor of Casterbridge.
  74. *Hawthorne, Nathaniel.  The Scarlet Letter.
  75. Hemingway, Ernest.  The Sun Also Rises.
  76. *Hemingway, Ernest.  The Old Man and the Sea.
  77. Hemingway, Ernest.  For Whom the Bell Tolls.
  78. *Hesse, Herman.  Siddhartha.  [translation/German]
  79. Hugo, Victor.  Les Miserables.
  80. Hurston, Zora Neale.  Their Eyes Were Watching God. 
  81. *Joyce, James.  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  82. Kawabata, Yasunari.  The Old Capital.  [translation/Japanese]
  83. Keane, Molly.  Good Behaviour.
  84. Keane, Molly.  Devoted Ladies.
  85. Keane, Molly.  Two Days in Aragon.
  86. Kennedy, Margaret.  The Ladies of Lyndon.
  87. Keun, Irmgard.  The Artificial Silk Girl. [translation/German]
  88. Lindbergh, Anne Morrow.  Gift from the Sea. 
  89. Kipling, Rudyard.  Kim.
  90. London, Jack.  The Call of the Wild.
  91. Mahfouz, Naguib.  Children of the Alley. [translation]
  92. *Manzoni, Alessandro.  The Betrothed. [translation/Italian]
  93. Maugham, William Somerset.  Of Human Bondage.
  94. McCullers, Carson.  "Sojourner" [short fiction]
  95. More, Thomas.  Utopia.
  96. Murdoch, Iris.  The Sea, The Sea.
  97. O'Brien, Flann.  The Third Policeman.
  98. *Orczy, Baroness.  The Scarlet Pimpernel.
  99. *Remarque, Erich Maria.  All Quiet on the Western Front.  [translation/German]
  100. Rhys, Jean.  Wide Sargasso Sea.
  101. Sackville-West, Vita.  The Edwardians.
  102. *Salinger, J. D.  The Catcher in the Rye.
  103. Salinger, J. D.  Franny and Zooey.
  104. Salinger, J. D.  Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour.
  105. Schreiner, Olive.  The Story of an African Farm.
  106. *Scott, Sir Walter.  Ivanhoe.
  107. Scott, Sir Walter.  Rob Roy.
  108. Scott, Sir Walter.  The Heart of Midlothian.
  109. Scott, Sir Walter.  Waverley.
  110. *Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft.  Frankenstein.
  111. *Spark, Muriel.  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
  112. Steinbeck, John.  East of Eden.
  113. *Steinbeck, John.  The Grapes of Wrath.
  114. Stegner, Wallace.  Crossing to Safety.
  115. Stegner, Wallace.  Angle of Repose.
  116. *Stevenson, Robert Louis.  Treasure Island.
  117. *Stevenson, Robert Louis.  Kidnapped.
  118. Stoker, Bram.  Dracula.
  119. Taylor, Elizabeth.  Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. 
  120. Thoreau, Henry David.  Walden.
  121. Tolkien, J. R. R.  The Lord of the Rings.
  122. *Tolkien, J. R. R.  The Hobbit.
  123. Trevor, William.  The Story of Lucy Gault.
  124. Trollope, Anthony.  The Warden.
  125. *Twain, Mark.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  126. *Verne, Jules.  Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
  127. *Verne, Jules.  Around the World in Eighty Days.
  128. *von Arnim, Elizabeth.  The Enchanted April. 
  129. von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang.  The Sorrows of Young Werther.  [translation/German]
  130. von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang.  Faust.  [translation/German]
  131. Watson, Winifred.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
  132. *Waugh, Evelyn.  Brideshead Revisited
  133. Wilde, Oscar.  The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  134. Wharton, Edith.  The Age of Innocence.
  135. Wharton, Edith.  The House of Mirth.
  136. Woolf, Virginia.  A Room of One's Own.
  137. Woolf, Virginia.  Mrs. Dalloway.
  138. *Woolf, Virginia.  To The Lighthouse.
  139. Zola, Emile.  Germinal.
* re-reads


  1. Everything from Tolkien to Bronte, I love it!

  2. There are so many great books on this list - I hope that you enjoy reading them! I particularly enjoyed Mrs Dalloway and Great Expectations.

    1. Many of these are re-reads (almost half actually!), but I read them in university or when I was a teenager and am keen to revisit them. I am inordinately fond of re-reading books! They become old friends.


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