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(Gacked from primsong)

I've put the ones I've read in bold, the ones I intend to read in italics. Feel free to keep the party going by doing your own version. My own added twist: ones that I've read and wouldn't recommend are struck through.


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)
Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift)
Le Morte d'Arther (Sir Thomas Malory)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Autobiography, Memoir and Essays

The Confessions (Augustine) - although, really, this is so much more than a memoir...
The Complete Essays (Michel de Montaigne)
In Praise of Folly (Desiderius Erasmus)
Letters (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis) - again, it's more philosophy than personal memoir, and the first few chapters are really thought-provoking on morality's cnxn to religion
Meditations on First Philosophy (Rene Descartes) - a classic, but you need to know it because you need to know it, rather than because it's actually a good read
Orthodoxy (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)


The Bible
The Histories (Herodotus)
The Peloponnesian War (Thucydides)
The Republic (Plato) - If you read one book, ever, let this be it.
Lives (Plutarch)
City of God (Augustine)
The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)
Utopia (Sir Thomas More)
The Social Contract (Jean Jaques Rousseau)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edward Gibbon)
Democracy in America (de Tocqueville)


Agamemnon (Aeschylus)
Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
Medea (Euripides)
The Birds (Aristophanes)
Poetics (Aristotle)
Richard III (Shakespeare)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare) - Oh, but what fools we mortals be!
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Tartuffe (Moliere)
The Way of the World (William Congreve)
A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)
Saint Joan (George Bernard Shaw)
The Crucible (Arthur Miller) - Maybe it's my place in history, but any interesting bits seemed hopelessly obvious to me...
No Exit (Jean Paul Sartre)


The Iliad (Homer) - not the originals (here + The Odyssey) but I've read the stories in various retellings, as a kid
The Odyssey (Homer)
Odes (Horace)
Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
Sonnets (William Shakespeare)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
Idylls of the King (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
Selected Poetry (William Wordsworth)
The Complete Poems (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Now I am feeling surprisingly literate. :-)


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 14th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, I am amazed at how many of your list I have read. I am equally amazed at how few of them I would like to re-read :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 15th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, there is that element. A lot of them I read for school or because I thought I was supposed to read them, and wouldn't read again. Some, though, I really liked and am glad I have.
Jul. 15th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
The Republic (Plato) - If you read one book, ever, let this be it.

Yes! One of the books that has most deeply shaped the way I see the world (and that includes the Silm:D)
Jul. 15th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! That if (if you read just one book) was a big one because of course everyone should read lots of different kinds of book; but I remember the first time I read the Republic cover to cover; it really made me think and in a good way. Don't agree with all of what it says, but it was still one of the most rewarding literary experiences I've ever had.
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