The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & 40 other books I want to read

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I feel a little cheated by my Colorado / Mississippi education.  It was pretty good overall, but especially in the area of literature, I missed out.  This is at least partially my own fault because during high school my focus was on math, and as such, I refused the opportunity to take advanced or AP level English classes.  Now in retrospect, I’m kicking myself for missing an opportunity to read and write better.

One of my goals this year is to average reading a book a week.  So far I’ve read mostly theological writings, but I just finished The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which I had never previously read) to change up my pace.  I also made a list of 40 other classic novels that I want to read over the next few years, which you can see below. I highly commend Huck Finn to anyone who has never read the book.  Twain’s use of Southern dialect is probably the best I’ve ever read, and he masterfully draws readers to a familiar, yet unfamiliar Southern landscape that is a mixture of laughable, laudable, and distasteful elements all rolled into one.  I can’t wait to dive into Tom Sawyer, and many of the other novels on my list below.

If you see a good, classic novel that I’m missing and want to recommend something, that would be great!

books I want to read

1.    Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
2.    Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
3.    The Lord of the Flies – William Golding
4.    Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
5.    As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
6.    The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
7.    Light in August – William Faulkner
8.    Robinson Crusoe – Bob Blaisdell
9.    The Three Musketeers – Alexander Dumas
10.    1984 – George Orwell
11.    Animal Farm – George Orwell
12.    The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
13.    A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
14.    To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
15.    The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, The Paradiso – Dante Alighieri
16.    A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
17.    For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
18.    The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
19.    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
20.    The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
21.    The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
22.    Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
23.    Ulysses – James Joyce
24.    On the Road – Jack Kerouac
25.    War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
26.    Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
27.    Hamlet – William Shakespeare
28.    Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
29.    The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
30.    Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
31.    The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
32.    Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
33.    The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
34.    A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
35.    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
36.    Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
37.    Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
38.    Moby Dick – Herman Melville
39.    Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
40.    Dracula – Bram Stoker
41.    The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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3 Responses to “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & 40 other books I want to read”

  1. Ben April 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    via twitter @jmiah5cents has recommended that I also read “The Idiot” by Dostoevsky, so I’m adding it to the list

  2. Ben May 2, 2010 at 2:04 am #

    via twitter again @tiffanyb1981 says:

    Jude the Obscure
    Beowulf – (I’ve read this but it’s been a while)
    Canterbury Tales
    Paradise Lost
    The Prince
    A Doll’s House
    The Good Earth (I love this book!)
    The Importance of Being Earnest
    Macbeth
    Lysistrata
    Madame Bovary
    The Republic

    I’ll add that I have actually read a few of the books on my 40list above, but I want to re-read the few that I have already read and re-enjoy them.

  3. natelox May 12, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Paradise Lost by John Milton
    Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    The Odyssey by Homer

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