2017 Reading Plans


I have a list of 58 classics I want to read in 2017. I will probably add a few titles to that list over the course of the year, so basically it means an average of 5 classics per month. And while some of them are essays and plays, some are huge, like Vanity Fair and The Forsyte Saga. I’ll probably do a quick check mid-year to see how things go, because to be honest, I’m not feeling very optimistic at the moment.

Also I want to read as much feminist literature as I can get my hands on. Some of the titles are already on my list, but contemporary ones are not. There’s also the fact that many of them I simply can’t get here, because I live in the most useless country in the world, ugh.

Anyway, here’s the list:

1. J. Milton, Paradise Lost
2. C. Dickens, Great Expectations
3. W.M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair
4. E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights
5. E. Gaskell, North and South
6. R.L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
7. T. Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
8. O. Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
9. J. Conrad, Heart of Darkness
10. J. Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga
11. H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
12. W. Golding, Lord of the Flies
13. S. Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
14. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
15. Herman Melville, Moby Dick
16. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
17. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
18. Jack Kerouac, On the Road
19. Alice Walker, Color Purple
20. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
21. Toni Morrison, Beloved
22. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
23. Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
24. Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
25. Henry David Thoreau, Walden
26. T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
27. T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
28. Philip Roth, American Pastoral
29. Beowulf
30. M. Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
31. V. Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
32. V. Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
33. R. Burns, a selection of poetry
34. G.G. Byron, Manfred
35. J. Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale”
36. J. Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
37. J. Austen, Emma
38. W. Scott, The Heart of Midlothian
39. J. Joyce, A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
40. W.B.Yeats, The Tower
41. G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion
42. G. Orwell, 1984
43. A. Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
44. K. Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
45. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
46. B. Friel, Translations
47. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
48. Zadie Smith, White Teeth
49. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
50. Bram Stoker, Dracula
51. W. Shakespeare, Macbeth
52. W. Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
53. W. Shakespeare, Othello
54. T. Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
55. Washington Irving, “The Legend of a Sleepy Hollow”
56. Edgar Allan Poe, “The Philosophy of Composition”
57. Kate Chopin, The Awakening
58. Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find


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