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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
100 Must-read Classic Novels - Nick Rennison
Since the author of this guide begins with questioning what a classic is. And then continues to talk about the difference between enjoying classics and being a book snob I think I'll combine both parts of his opening to form my own. So here is my 'foreword': I don't know about all the other list reviews but have they actually read the book?

And there you have it 'snobbery' and a 'question'. Now it's time to quit being ridiculous and to jump on the bandwagon!


I've read it all...well aside from essays and letters and...well I've read the books

J.R.R Tolkien
Edgar Allan Poe

I think I'm finished with you...

Jules Verne
Lewis Carroll
Bram Stoker
Mary Shelley
Alduous Huxley
William Goldman
John Bunyan
Baroness Orczy
Franz Kafka
E.R. Eddison

I (solemnly) promise to go through and complete your collections...

Charles Dickens
C.S. Lewis
John Steinbeck
Charlotte and Anne Bronte
Mark Twain
H.P. Lovecraft
Jane Austen
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar Rice Burroughs
H. G. Wells
Mervyn Peake
Roald Dahl
Edith Wharton
Isaac Asimov
Ray Bradbury
George Orwell

Maybe I will, maybe I won't finish your work

Agatha Christie
Joseph Conrad

Still trying to get the fuss...

Cormac McCarthy
Ayn Rand

Haven't read yet but will

Victor Hugo
Evelyn Waugh
William Thackery
James Joyce
Henry James
George Bernard Shaw
Ann Radcliffe
Thomas Hardy
Margaret Mitchell
Leo Tolstoy
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Anne Frank
Rafael Sabatini
Virginia Woolf
Elizabeth Gaskell
Wilkie Collins
Truman Capote
Gustave Flaubert
Flannery O'Connor
George McDonald
Gaston Leroux

Reluctant to begin

Earnest Hemmingway
e.e cummings
Ovid
Dante
Jean Rhys
Mikhail Bulgakov
Vladmir Nabokov
Joseph Heller
Herman Melville
J.D. Salinger

Know the story but I haven't read

Alexander Dumas
Lew Wallace
Homer

Solo masterpieces

Harper Lee
Emily Bronte
F. Scott Fitzgerald

I would see you on a stage!

William Shakespeare
Oscar Wilde
Christopher Marlowe
Arthur Miller
Reginald Rose
Tennessee Williams
George Bernard Shaw

I read a poet and I did know it!

Sylvia Plath
Emily Dickinson
Ted Hughes
John Milton
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Butler Yeats
William Blake
Dorothea Mackellar
Banjo Patterson
Henry Lawson
E. A. Poe

Short geniuses (stories that is)

Anton Chekhov
E.A. Poe (what's he doing here a third time!)
H.P. Lovecraft
Isaac Asimov
Roald Dahl

Potential classics (in my mind)

Italo Calvino
David Mitchell
Ian McEwan
Neil Gaiman
Christopher Priest
J.M. Coetzee

Not necessarily potential classics but entertaining

Susanne Collins
Matthew Reilly
Robert Ludlum
Brandon Sanderson
Robert Jordan
Joseph Delaney
Rick Riordan
John Flanagan
G.R.R Martin
Steven Erikson

Not-potential classics that I enjoyed but weren't 'great literature'

Terry Brooks
Christopher Paolini
Eoin Colfer
This book? - let's be honest it was ripping off the plots of so many other novels