12 Classic Novels: The List

This is mostly made up of books I’ve either started and not finished, or at the very least already own and intented to read. Some I was supposed to read in school, and while I may have aced the test (thanks, Sparknotes!), I don’t remember the plot because I only invested enough time and short term memory to get through the test.

  1. The Bell Jar (Plath)
  2. Great Expectations (Dickens)
  3. The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway)
  4. The Alchemist (Coelho)
  5. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
  6. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway)
  7. The Beautiful and the Damned (Fitzgerald)
  8. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston)
  9. Little Women (Alcott)  ✓
  10. Sense and Sensibility (Austen)
  11. Emma (Austen)

Now, I’m not married to this list, and am more than open to suggestions. Again, this list was largely compiled from books I already own, but if you have an absolute favorite that you think I should add, share it in the poll or comments please!


Books are expensive!
That’s part of why I chose books I already own. But I realized recently that Spotify actually has a ton of classics in their audiobook selection. I knocked out Little Women in a couple drives to and from Greenville and it didn’t cost me a dime.

I’ve never been a huge audiobook person, I really love the feeling and smell of reading a used book. But I’m a very slow reader, always have been, so it does help to get through a few extra chapters while I’m driving or cleaning the house.

True story: I was intimidated of “chapter books” as a kid because I was self-conscious about the speed of my reading. I was a smart kid and in the “extended learning” classes with the other privileged kids (*sigh*). I was so embarrassed when they all flew through the Redwall series and I couldn’t seem to finish the first book. I loved reading, but I’d quit before finishing most books because I’d get to frustrated at how long it took while I was busy with basketball practice and Vacation Bible School and all that jazz.

Enter: Harry Potter

I know there are a million stories out there about Harry Potter changing someone’s life, but this series really did change mine for the better. I got my hands on my first copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone and went through more than half of it in one sitting because it was so good, I could not put it down. My poor mother had to make a special trip to buy me the next two books that very weekend and I went through them just as quickly.

What I realized from talking about the series with my friends, is that I could recall all the small details of the book while many of them seemed to just get the gist. It made me feel a lot better about my slowness, because at least I was digesting everything I read instead of just getting to the next page as quickly as possible.

So, thanks J.K. and Harry! I can’t wait to check Harry Potter World off the list in October!

As for the list, I sure hope I can get through them all! It will take a big time commitment since I’m so pokey. Please make suggestions if you have them, just please remember I’m sticking to the classics:)

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