30 “Classic” Must-Read Books

A friend’s post on Facebook sparked this blog post. I’m often surprised by how many people have not read novels that I thought were middle and high school staples. And I’m even more shocked by those people who have gone to college, and graduated from, college without having read Orwell’s “1984” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

This list began as a top 10 list of my favorite classics and then morphed (after several edits) into this one. I am planning several follow-ups to this list because my personal list is too long.

So without further ado, here is my list of must reads.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  7. Fareinheight 451 by Ray Bradbury
  8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  9. All’s Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  11. Native Son by Richard Wright
  12. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  14. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  15. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  16. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé
  17. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  18. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  19. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  20. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  21. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  22. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  23. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  24. A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O’Connor
  25. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  26. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marcques
  27. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alverez
  28. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  29. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  30. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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