Benjamin Franklin once quipped that a person should "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

Classics are considered such for a reason; they contain a literary currency that other works do not. This book club is your chance to sit down and finally read Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, Pride and Prejudice or somewhat forgotten classics and/or modern works of similar worth. The books can span any time period or place, and the reading list is always open to growth or suggestion.

The purpose of this group is to take on books considered to be "classics" of similar genre that expand the mind and give rise to ideas worth doing.

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
— Confucius


What book would you add to this list?

Albert Camus: The Stranger

Aleksandr Pushkin: Eugene Onegin

Alexander Trocchi: Young Adam

Anton Chekhov's short stories

Borges: Labyrinths

C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters

Carson McCullers: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Cervantes: Don Quixote

Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers

Christopher Isherwood: The Berlin Stories

Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles

D. H. Lawrence: Lady Chatterley's Lover

Daphnie du Maurier: various

Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest

Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon

Don DeLillo: White Noise

Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook or The Grass is Singing

E.M. Forster: Howards End

Edgar Allan Poe: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence

Elsa Morante: History

Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights

Etgar Keret: The Girl on the Fridge

Evelyn Waugh: Scoop

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

Flannery O'Connor's short stories

Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier

Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka: The Trial

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov

Georg Trakl: Poems

George Eliot: Middlemarch or Silas Marner

George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London

Georges Perec: Life: A User's Manual

Giovanni Boccaccio: The Decameron

Giuseppe di Lampedusa: The Leopard

Gunter Grass: The Tin Drum

Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary

Guy de Maupassant short stories

Halldor Laxness: Independent People

Haruki Murakami: After Dark

Haruki Murakami: The Elephant Vanishes

Hedayat: The Blind Owl

Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O. and other stories

Henry Green: Loving

Henry James short stories

Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady

Herman Melville: Bartleby, the Scrivener/Mary Gaitskill: Secretary

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick

Hermann Hesse: Narcissus and Goldmund

Honore de Balzac, various

Irène Némirovsky: Suite Française

Ismail Kadare: Chronicle in Stone

Italo Calvino: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Ivan Turgenev: Fathers and Sons

Ivo Andric: The Bridge on Drina

J.D. Salinger's short stories

James Agee: A Death in the Family

James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce: Dubliners

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea

John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men

Jose Saramago: The Elephant's Journey

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent

Julio Cortazar: Blow-Up and Other Stories

Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen): Winter's Tales

Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Knut Hamsun: Hunger

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five

Laurence Sterne: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy: The Kreutzer Sonata

Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Journey to the End of the Night

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

Lydia Davis: Landing/ Bruno Schulz: Father's Last Escape

Marcel Proust: Remembrance of Things Past

Marilynne Robinson: Housekeeping

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

Mavis Gallant: Paris Stories

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Zoshchenko: Nervous People

Muriel Spark: All the Stories

Nabokov: Signs and Symbols/Katherine Mansfield: The Fly

Nikolai Gogol: Dead Souls

Nikolai Gogol: The Nose/Miranda July: Stealing to Stay Free

Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Paul Auster: Auggie Wren's Christmas Story

Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky

Rafael Sabatini: Scaramouche

Raymond Carver: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep or The Lady in the Lake

Rebecca West: The Fountain Overflows

Roald Dahl: The Best of Dahl

Robert Musil: Five Women

Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Stefan Zweig: The Post-Office Girl

Stendhal: The Red and the Black

Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native

Thomas Pynchon: The Crying of Lot 49

Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych/ Mann: Death in Venice

Tove Jansen: The True Deceiver

V.S. Naipaul: A House for Mr. Biswas

Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway or To the Lighthouse

Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire

W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor's Edge or Of Human Bondage

W.G. Sebald: The Emigrants

William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury

William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair

Yasunari Kawabata: The Sound of the Mountain

Zadie Smith: Sweet Charity/Martin Amis: Career Move

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