American Classics Checklist

I stole this post from Bridgett, so you can feel free to steal it from me! I got 26, so at least it’s more than half, but I still feel like I ought to read more of these (and re-read some).

Instructions: Copy and paste this list into a post and highlight the books you have read in a different color.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (I also read Little Men, and I liked it more than Little Women.)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Read in high school; I remember the teen drama going on at the time but very little about the book.)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

My Antonia by Willa Cather (One of my favorites on this list.)

The Awakening by Kate Chopin (I couldn’t finish it for some reason.)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (Soooooo boring.)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Highly recommended.)

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (All-time favorite. Everything he ever wrote is amazing.)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Quite possibly overhyped.)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Same comment as for Fahrenheit 451.)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (I can’t stand Hemingway, so I doubt I will ever read the other two books on this list that he wrote.)

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (Highly recommended.)

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (Another of my favorites.)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Read it in high school; did not find it enjoyable.)

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (I love anything by him.)

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (I also saw this on stage!)

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (I own this book, but I have not gotten around to reading it.)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (This was very hard to follow. Something I’d have to read again.)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (I read most of this in college.)

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (One of my favorites when I was an emo, angsty teenager.)

The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (I read most of them, so I’m counting this. Everyone should read “Tamerlane.”)

Anthem by Ayn Rand (Awesome. I love everything by her.)

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (Awesome.)

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (The hype is justified.)

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (Appalling in a good way.)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Another all-time favorite.)

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Read in high school. Was very good.)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (I hardly remember it; time to read it again.)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (Highly recommended.)

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Native Son by Richard Wright (This reminds me of that year in college when I had to write reports on three guys named Richard: Richard Wright, Richard Wagner, and Richard Nixon.)

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