I have always been fascinated by literature.

Most of my readings have focused on historical fiction, and fantasy. I am honest when I say that I don’t know if I’ve ever read any book called a ”classic”, but then again, it all depends on how you define a ”classic” work of literature. Because there are ”classics” that no one really likes – and there are just as many that are loved by thousands – therefore, a ”classic” is perhaps just definition of a really well known book (?), but then I still have to ask myself, why I never really felt intrigued by them before. Up until now.

For several months now,

I’ve been reading the posts over at 101books, and very often I end up reading by the comments. This time I found myself over at ”A room of one’s own”, a wonderful blog that has this romantic, almost chic, atmosphere flowing of the pages. In the end, it has inspired me to join in with her ”Classics club”, to read no less than 50 classics over the course of up to five years. So my first step in this new journey for me, was to establish this list of ”classics” which I would like to explore. My list includes many of the traditional ”classics” such as Dickens, Tolstoy etc. but also a few Swedish writers such as Strindberg, and von Heidenstam, mixed with some more modern classic works.

My personal goal…

…is to finish this list in four years time, that is by 30th of April 2016. Some of the books might be read in parallell with others, for example, the bible and the koran will most likely be two longer reads over the course of this journey.

The list I’ve put up is in no way a complete list, and it’s not meant to be read in any particular order. I’ve chosen, so far, 100 books from various sources, but I reserve the right to revise it as I go along.

Quick Facts:

  • Rereads: 3(100)
  • Most looking forward to: Tales of 100,1 Nights, by Anonymous, The Bible, and The Koran (Hard to pick just one..)
  • Most dreading: Jane Austen (Never read that kind of genre before)


Read as of: 2012-April-03 … 0/100

This is it:

  1. Daniel Defoe – Moll Flanders
  2. Laurence Sterne – Tristram Shandy
  3. Choderlos de Laclos – Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  4. Honoré de Balzac – Père Goriot
  5. Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights
  6. Charlotte Brintë – Jane Eyre
  7. Herman Melville – Moby-Dick
  8. Charles Dickens – Bleak House
  9. Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities
  10. Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary
  11. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
  12. Leo Tolstoy – Resurrection
  13. Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Brothers Karamazov
  14. Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment
  15. Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
  16. Thomas Mann – Death in Venice
  17. Franz Kafka – ”The Metamorphosis”
  18. Franz Kafka – The Trial
  19. Marcel Proust – Remembrance of Things Past
  20. James Joyce – Ulysses
  21. Virginia Wolf – To the Lighthouse
  22. William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying
  23. García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
  24. Verner von Heidenstam – Karolinerna
  25. J.R.R Tolkien – Lord of the Rings
  26. J.R.R Tolkien – The Hobbit
  27. John Milton – Paradise Lost
  28. Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo
  29. Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility
  30. Jane Austen – Emma
  31. Anonymous – Tales of 100,1 Nights
  32. Anonymous – The Bible
  33. Homer – The Iliad
  34. Jesse L Byock – The Saga of the Volsungs
  35. Anonymous – Beowulf
  36. H.P Lovecraft – The Call of C’thulu
  37. Anonymous – The Koran
  38. Murasaki Shikibu – The Tale of Genji
  39. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  40. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
  41. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  42. William Styron – Sophie’s Choice
  43. Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter
  44. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  45. Wu Ch’êng-ên – Monkey
  46. Hans Fallada – Alone in Berlin
  47. Victor Hugo – The Hunchback of Notre Dam
  48. Victor Hugo – Les Miserables
  49. Alice Walker – The Color Purple
  50. Augustine of Hippo – City of God
  51. Augustine of Hippo – Confessions
  52. Mary Wollstonecraft – The Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  53. Alexis de Tocqueville – Democracy in America
  54. William Shakespear – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  55. William Shakespear – Othello
  56. William Shakespear – Julius Ceasar
  57. Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  58. Jules Verne – Around the World in 80 days
  59. Jules Verne – Journey to the center of the earth
  60. Hjalmar Söderberg – Den allvarsamma leken
  61. Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha
  62. August Strinberg – Röda Rummet
  63. Frans G. Bengtsson – Röde Orm
  64. Vladimir Nabokov – Ada, or Ardor
  65. Johann Wolgang von Goethe – Faust
  66. Selma Lagerlöf – Gösta Berlings Saga
  67. Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  68. H.G Wells – The War of The Worlds
  69. H.G Wells – The Invisible Man
  70. Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden
  71. Voltaire – Candide
  72. William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair
  73. W. Somerset Maugham – Of Human Bondage
  74. D.H Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  75. Sir Walter Scott – Ivanhoe
  76. Alexander Pushkin – Eugene Onegin
  77. Nicolai Gogol – The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil
  78. Harriet A. Jacobs – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  79. Anna Sewell – Black Beauty
  80. Agatha Christie – The Secret Adversary
  81. Ray Radbury – Fahrenheit 451
  82. Stephen Crane – The Red Badge of Courage
  83. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Complete Sherlock Holmes
  84. Anonymous – The Cakrasamvra Tanra
  85. Charles Darwin – On the Origin of Species
  86. Jenny M. Jones – The Godfather
  87. T.S Eliot – The Waste Land
  88. Samuel taylor Coleridge – The Ancient Mariner
  89. Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm – Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
  90. Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita
  91. Dante AighieriDivine Comedy
  92. Geoffrey ChaucerThe Canterbury Tales
  93. Henrik IbsenA Doll’s House
  94. Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
  95. George Eliot – The Mill on the Floss
  96. E.M. Forster – A Room With a View
  97. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men
  98. Benjamin Franklin – Spectator
  99. Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea
  100. Arthur Miller – The Crucible
  101. Mallanaga Vatsyayana – The Art of Kama Sutra