30 Classics that You Must Read

Reading the classics can be either a fun or a tiring experience. Choosing which classics to read makes a big difference. Keep reading to find out which 30 classics made our list!  

30 Classics that You Must Read  

Everyone isn’t a fan of the classics but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read any of them. They can be some of the most refreshing books you will read. Many of them are well written and millions of people read them every year. Schools teach many of them for a reason. You can see the full list below!    

30 Classics that You Must Read  

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Like most readers, I have a love hate relationship with the classics. Some of them are amazing like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Count of Monte Cristo. And then you’ll come across a classic that will make you never want to read a classic again. But for the most part, I have enjoyed most classics and I am glad I gave them a chance.  

Horror novels don’t often make the classic list but a few have broken through over the past couple of centuries. Dracula and Frankenstein are regarded as two of the best horror books of all time and rightfully so. If you haven’t gotten around to read these books, then you are missing out.  

There are many amazing novels such as Beloved, The Outsiders, and The Grapes of Wrath that move you. We won’t ever be able to grasp these moments in history which is why we turn to authors to show us what life was like. Even if these are fiction novels, they are based on real life moments.  


That ends the list of the 30 classics that you must read. How many of these classics have you read? Which classics should we add on our next list? Let us know in the comments below!

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20 thoughts on “30 Classics that You Must Read

  1. Kenneth G Miles says:

    Atlas Shrugged and/or The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  2. Libby says:

    What about Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

  3. Anonymous says:

    100 years of solitude is on the list twice.
    Perhaps replace one with Love in the time of cholera. A much better book.

  4. Robert Broadwater says:

    Did you guys really pay someone to compile a list that includes One Hundred Years of Solitude (a great book) twice? Who edits this stuff?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Your lists sadly exclude Native American literature. N. Scott Momaday received the Pulitzer Prize for House Made Of Dawn.

  6. Anonymous says:

    There never has been nor will there be a good reason to read Ulysses.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell & The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The PG Wodehouse Omnibus is missing in this list.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Stand by Me by Stephen King,
    The Life of Pi
    Death of a Salesman
    Perfume etc
    1000 yrs of solitude twice on list as you know 😉

  10. Anonymous says:

    70% of these are English as the original language. Hardly representative of literature as a whole, could be more diverse.

    1. Anonymous says:

      The modern novel is an English undertaking, so it’s no surprise that a majority are going to be British. If the goal is to read the best, it is what it is. If the goal is to read the best philosophy it’s going to be disproportionately Greek. It’s not biased it’s just the history of the literature.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I think you should add Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier! It is a wonderful classic that was very hard to put down.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Add A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, it is worth reading multiple times.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Got one hundred years of solitude twice and aint no way you put the secret history under classics, that’s the wrong.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thinking as a teacher of literature, this a good list, but a bit limited to 200 years. These are the golden years of the novel, but, like I said, a bit limited. If one wants to be well rounded, I’d add a Greek work like Antigone, or Oedipus Rex (the plays are a good starting point). A Plato dialogue like Apology or Meno. And no one can consider themselves well read without reading Dante’s Inferno, if not the whole Divine Comedy.

  15. Anonymous says:

    A Light in August by William Faulkner
    A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway
    The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
    Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
    Go Down Moses by William Faulkner
    Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neil
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


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