Great Books to Read

There is no greater pastime than reading. 

Opening a book is like opening in your mind a door to a new world.

That world may be inhabited by pirates with hooks for hands, or by small rabbits wearing blue cardigans. That world could be filled with many more worlds; universes even! All accessible by the sticking out of one's thumb. That world could be a safe haven of flouncy language, and frilly frocks, and sultry looks from men with names like Mr Darcy. Or, conversely, it could entail the adventures of a few small and ever-so-ordinary heroes as they undertake a quest to rid the world of a shiny golden ring.

Thus, reading a book is like experiencing life anew. Like Alice falling through the looking glass, we are able to transport ourselves through those dusty and lovely smelling papery pages, and undertake any number of adventures! In other words, the books we read become part of our own experience.

There are perhaps no days of our childhood where we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book.
— Marcel Proust

Now, ponder this:

If our lives are formed by a culmination of our experiences; if our very selves are wrought in the same manner, would we not choose to read the most glorious books? 

Or, in the more eloquent words of Henry David Thoreau: 

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

So, for those of you with a romantic spirit, and a hankering for adventure, I give to you my own reading list. May these volumes fill your soul with happiness and your imagination with wonder...



✔ Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Emma - Jane Austen

Persuasion - Jane Austen

✔ Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Agnes Grey - Anne Brontë

✔ Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

✔ Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw

Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne

Sigurd - William Morris

The Wood Beyond the World - William Morris

The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells

The King of Elfland's Daughter - Lord Dunsany

✔ The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkein

✔ The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkein

✔ The Two Towers - J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

✔ The Return of the King - J. R. R. Tolkein

The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkein

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - J. R. R. Tolkein

✔ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams



✔ Dracula - Bram Stoker

Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

Odes - John Keats

The Heart of Midlothian - Sir Walter Scott

Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott

The Last of the Mohicans - Fenimore Cooper

✔Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

✔ A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

✔ A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

✔ Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allen Poe

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas

The Three Muskateers - Alexander Dumas

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

✔ Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Middlemarch - George Eliot

Sherlock Holmes (the series) - Arthur Conan Doyle

The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Ulysses - James Joyce

Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway

✔ The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

✔ A Movable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

Orlando - Virginia Woolf

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden



The Odyssey - Homer

The Iliad- Homer

The Symposium - Plato

The Republic - Plato

The Aeneid - Virgil

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

Crist - Cynewulf

Beowulf - Unknown

The Divine Comedy - Dante

The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

Lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors and architects - Georgio Vasari

✔ A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare

✔ Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

✔ Macbeth - William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare

Hamlet - William Shakespeare

King Lear - William Shakespeare

Don Quixote - Cervantes

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Edward Gibbon

The Rights of Man - Thomas Paine



Aesop's Fables - Aesop

The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1000 and 1 Nights - Unknown

Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

✔ Grimm's Fairy Tales - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

The Swiss Family Robinson - Johann David Wyss

✔ Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Anderson

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne

Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

Heidi - Johanna Spyri

Treasure Island - Robert Louise Stevenson

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood - Howard Pyle

The Red Fairy Book - Andrew Lang 

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

✔ Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter

✔ Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery

✔ The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

✔ Peter Pan and Wendy - J. M. Barrie

Robin Hood and the Men of the Greenwood - Henry Gilbert T. 

The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams 

Winnie-the-Pooh - A. A. Milne

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren

✔ The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis 

✔Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle 

✔ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Watership Down - Richard Adams

The Princess Bride - William Goldman

✔ Matilda - Roald Dahl



✔ The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli 

Essays - Michel de Montaigne

✔ Walden - Henry David Thoreau

The Origin of the Species - Charles Darwin

The Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory - Albert Einstein

The Wisdom of the Desert - Thomas Merton

The Character of Physical Law - Richard Feynman

The Great Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux

A Brief History of Time - Steven Hawking