My Back-Up Classics

Reading at least 60 classic novels is #12 on my “Before-I-Turn-30” Bucket List. When I made this list in April, I wrote this goal with the intention of reading 60 classics that I hadn’t already read. However, in a recent conversation I discovered that some who read my blog thought that all the classics I had read pre-bucket-list were included in the 60 books. My goal has not changed, I still want to read 60 classic novels that I haven’t already. However, just in case I come a little short of my goal, I’ve devised a list of back-ups, a list of classic books I read before April. They are in no particular order, simply the order in which I remembered them. So here it is, my list of back-up classics including the approximate dates of when I read them:

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Summer 2008)
2. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (January 2013)
3. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (March 2011)
4. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck (August 2012)
5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (August 2012)
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (August 2012)
7. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (June 2011)
8. Washington Square by Henry James (August 2011)
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 2011)
10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (November 2011)
11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (June 2012)
12. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (September 2012)
13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (October 2012)
14. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (November 2012)
15. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (November 2012)
16. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac (June 2013)
17. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (July, August, and September 2013)
18. Candide by Voltaire (August 2013)
19. Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (October 2013)
20. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (January 2014)
21. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (Summer 2010)
22. The Odyssey by Homer (November 2010)
23. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (December 2010)
24. A Midsummer’s Night Dream by Shakespeare (Fall 2007)
25. Macbeth by Shakespeare (April 2010)
26. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare (Fall 2008)
27. The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare (April 2011)
27. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Summer 2009)
28. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Fall 2008)
29. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (October 2009)
30. The Giver by Lois Lowry (Summer 2006)
31. Animal Farm by George Orwell (December 2006)
32. 1984 by George Orwell (Fall 2013)
33. Black Boy by Richard Wright (January 2008)

There a probably some more, but this is a fairly comprehensive list of classics that I’ve read in my relatively short lifetime.

Also, if you ask someone with somewhat stricter standards than I have, then a few on this list probably don’t count as “classics.” Nonetheless, they make my list because in my experience, they are undoubtedly so. Some that I considered putting on this list but didn’t because I decided they weren’t “classics” are:

  1. Flatland by Edward Abbott
  2. Push by Sapphire
  3. Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
  4. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  5. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Let me know if you think any should be taken off the list or added to the list! Also, if you have any suggestions of what I should read next; I would love the hear them!


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