I’m excited to announce that I will be joining The Classics Club, a very goal-oriented group started by Jillian at A Room of One’s Own. I decided to join because mainly I just wanted to compile a list of books that I knew I would want to read, and with a deadline it’s more likely to happen. Also, I might want to take the GRE in Literature test again (I didn’t do as well as I would’ve liked eight years ago) and so I’ve compiled my list based off of the most often tested works of literature.

So, here is a list of 71 books that I would like to read in the next five years. It’s possible, right?

This books are listed in order from most often tested to least likely tested on the GRE.

–Goal Date to Finish: March 15, 2017 (five years)–

Note: * denotes a re-read

1. Paradise Lost by John Milton

2. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer*

3. Collected Works of Alexander Pope

4. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift*

5. The Tempest by William Shakespeare

6. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe*

7. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

8. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser*

9. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

10. Collected Plays of Sophocles*

11. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

12. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*

13. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

14. Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw

15. The Republic by Plato*

16. Collected Works of John Keats*

17. Volpone by Ben Jonson*

18. The Iliad by Homer

19. The Way of the World by William Congreve*

20. Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

21. The Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson

22. Don Juan by George Gordon, Lord Byron*

23. Everyman by Anonymous*

24. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

25. Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth*

26. Collected Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley*

27. Pamela by Samuel Richardson

28. Tristram Shandy by Laurance Stern

29. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

30. Collected Works of T.S. Eliot

31. As You Like It by William Shakespeare*

32. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

33. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

34. Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

35. Hard Times by Charles Dickens

36. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

37. The Poetics by Aristotle

38. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous*

39. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

40. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

41. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

42. The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster*

43. Collected Works of Dylan Thomas

44. Don Quixote by Cervantes

45. Dubliners by James Joyce

46. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

47. Tartuffe by Moliere

48. Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill

49. Collected Works of George Orwell

50. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

51. Richard II by William Shakespeare

52. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding

53. Collected Works of Sylvia Plath

54. Collected Works of Emily Dickinson

55. The Aeneid by Virgil

56. Evelina by Frances Burney

57. Candide by Voltaire*

58. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

59. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

60. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

61. The American Language by H.L. Mencken

62. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper

63. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

64. Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

65. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

66. The Stranger by Albert Camus

67. Endgame by Samuel Beckett

68. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett*

69. The Bible by Anonymous

70. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

71. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker


Β So, here’s to wishful thinking! Surely I can take a chunk out of this list within the next five years…