That Book List I Mentioned

In a previous post, in which I detailed all of the books I had on my TBR shelf, I referred to a list of books my then-boyfriend-now-husband had used as a competition to see who could read the most first.

Today, randomly, I found the list saved on my computer. Here it is (with no italics, sorry, that would’ve taken forever), with stars next to the books I’ve read. I do have a paper copy, tucked away upstairs in our “memory box.” Yes, sometimes I can be sentimental. Don’t tell anyone. Anyway, while I’ve read a few of them—and, for the record, more than my husband has—I am still so behind in my reading. Oh, the joy of book stress!

(1). The Iliad by Homer
(2). The Odyssey by Homer*
(3). The Aeneid by Virgil
(4). Beowulf by Unknown*
(5). The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
(6). The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
(7). Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
(8). Don Quixote by Cervantes
(9). Paradise Lost by John Milton*
(10). The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
(11). Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe*
(12). Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe*
(13). Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
(14). Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
(15). Candide by Voltaire*
(16). The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge*
(17). The Tragedy of Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
(18). The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott
(19). Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
(20). Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
(21). Frankenstein by Mary Shelley*
(22). The Red and the Black by Stendahl
(23). The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper*
(24). The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas*
(25). Carmen by Prosper Merimee*
(26). Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
(27). Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
(28). Vanity Fair by William Thackeray*
(29). David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
(30). A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
(31). Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
(32). The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne*
(33). Camille by Alexandre Dumas Fils
(34). Moby Dick by Herman Melville
(35). Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert*
(36). Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson
(37). Silas Marner by George Eliot*
(38). Middlemarch by George Eliot
(39). Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
(40). Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
(41). Crime and Punishment by Fedor Dostoyevsky
(42). The Brothers Karamazov by Fedor Dostoyevsky*
(43). Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
(44). Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy*
(45). The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain*
(46). The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
(47). Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
(48). A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain*
(49). Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy*
(50). War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
(51). The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy*
(52). Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy*
(53). The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
(54). The Turn of the Screw by Henry James*
(55). Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson*
(56). The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde*
(57). The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
(58). Dracula by Bram Stoker*
(59). The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
(60). The Call of the Wild by Jack London*
(61). Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
(62). An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
(63). The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
(64). A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
(65). For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
(66). The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
(67). The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
(68). Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
(69). The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
(70). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*

(71). The Republic by Plato
(72). The Prince by Machiavelli
(73). The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
(74). The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
(75). The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
(76). Das Kapital by Karl Marx
(77). The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler

(78). Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
(79). Oedipus Rex by Sophocles*
(80). The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
(81). Hamlet by William Shakespeare*
(82). Othello by William Shakespeare*
(83). Macbeth by William Shakespeare*
(84). The Tempest by William Shakespeare*
(85). Tartuffe by Moliere
(86). Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
(87). A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen*
(88). The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde*
(89). Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
(90). The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
(91). Our Town by Thornton Wilder
(92). Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller*

(93). The Nicomachaen Ethics by Aristotle
(94). Meditations by Rene Descartes
(95). Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
(96). The World as Will and Idea by Arthur Schopenhauer
(97). Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
(98). Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
(99). Walden by Henry David Thoreau
(100). How We Think by John Dewey

8 thoughts on “That Book List I Mentioned

  1. Wow, I love this! Lots on here that I’ve read, lots more that I’ve dipped into but never had the fortitude actually to complete (like David Copperfield – I’ve tried and tried but simply cannot – shame on me!), and quite a few that I know darn well I should read if I want to have any claim to being educated. Thank you – bookmarked for future inspiration!

      • I actually enjoy most of Dickens – despite also having had to study Great Expectations. But David Copperfield just goes ON AND ON AND ON, and the women are all such WIMPS!

        If I may recommend one of the books that you haven’t read, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis is wonderful!

      • You know, I think I might have actually read that one but couldn’t remember well enough, so I didn’t check it off. I do have Dickens’s Bleak House and I think I will try to read that sometime this year.

  2. I’ve read some of these, but never considered putting them in a list so I could see what lay ahead for my reading pleasure. Good gravy! I couldn’t keep up with you on this one.

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