A few years ago, I set myself the challenge of reading 100 books from a combination of the various 100 Books You Absolutely Must Read Before You Die! type lists that can be found all over the place, excluding all of the books that I’d already read.

I keep getting distracted by things like Sweet Valley High and Marvel comics, so I’m still a fair way off finishing the list. One day, though.

1. Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
2. Apuleius, The Golden Ass
3. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
4. Beowulf
5. Richard Doddridge Blackmore, Lorna Doone
6. Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron
7. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
8. Albert Camus, The Outsider
9. Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
10. Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
11. Wilkie Collins, The Woman In White
12. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo
13. Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
14. Guy de Maupassant, Pierre and Jean
15. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
16. Charles Dickens, Bleak House
17. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
18. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
19. Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities
20. Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
21. Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
22. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
23. Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
24. Alexandre Dumas, The Count Of Monte Cristo
25. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
26. George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
27. George Eliot, Middlemarch
28. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
29. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
30. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
31. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
32. E.M. Forster, Howards End
33. E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
34. John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga
35. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
36. William Golding, Lord Of The Flies
37. Graeme Greene, The Power and the Glory
38. Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd
39. Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
40. Thomas Hardy, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles
41. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
42. Joseph Heller, Catch-22
43. Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
44. Frank Herbert, Dune
45. Homer, The Illiad
46. Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
47. Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House
48. Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
49. Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
50. Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
51. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
52. Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
53. Franz Kafka, The Trial
54. Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
55. Jack Kerouac, On The Road
56. D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
57. Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock
58. Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley
59. Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
60.Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
61. Herman Melville, Moby Dick
62. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
63. E.Nesbit, The Railway Children
64. Njaals Saga
65. Ovid, Metamorphoses
66. Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
67. Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
68. Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
69. Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
70. Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac
71. Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
72. JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
73. Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
74. William Shakespeare, King Lear
75. William Shakespeare, Othello
76. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
77. Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice
78. John Steinbeck, The Grapes Of Wrath
79. John Steinbeck, Of Mice And Men
80. Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
81. Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
82. Bram Stoker, Dracula
83. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
84. William Makepeace Thackeray, Barry Lyndon
85. Thousand and One Nights
86. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
87. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
88. Anthony Trollope, He Knew He Was Right
89. Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn
90. Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now
91. Valmiki, Ramayana
92. Virgil, The Aeneid
93. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
94. Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five
95. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
96. Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall
97. H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
98. T.H.White, The Once and Future King
99. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
100. Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie