American Classics Checklist

So, Jess had this awesome checklist on her blog that allows you to see how many American classical novels you’ve read. Here are my results.

Orange = Read

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote —> Own

My Antonia by Willa Cather —-> Own

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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

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

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J.  Gaines

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

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

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee —> Own

Call of the Wild by Jack London —> Own

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison —> Own

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthem by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair —> Own

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain —> Own

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut —> Own

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Native Son by Richard Wright


Yup, this number is horrible and I’m ashamed that I haven’t read more American Classic novels! I primarily blame my High School because these books should’ve been mandatory….or I’m just trying to transfer blame, so it’s not on me. Hopefully you’ll do better than me, but in the meantime, I’m about to read one of these books!


3 thoughts on “American Classics Checklist

  1. jessreadingnook says:

    5 is still pretty good! I wish we could teach all of these in high school, but there isn’t enough time. 😦
    But anyway, thank you for participating! It looks like you own several on the list, so I’m sure your number will be growing soon. 🙂

    • Codie says:

      I wish they could too! Starting in middle school would be cool too, but I understand it’s not possible 😦 I do own a few on the list so I’ll have to tackle those quick 😀

  2. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    I don’t think my count’s much better! I blame it on not being American- although I did a Modern American Novel course at uni- it didn’t fill in many gaps- so I’m gonna transfer the blame to my professors for not setting more books :p
    I can recommend Little Women. To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible and the Bell Jar are all great reads (although you should watch the Crucible rather than read it) catcher in the rye is hit and miss. I really recommend Steinbeck- both of those are great- though East of Eden is my favourite.
    Avoid anything by Faulkner!! Ditto for Hemmingway! (you have been warned) And Invisible Man is just a poor man’s Notes From Underground. And only read On the Road if you really hate yourself. I wasn’t much of a fan of Native Son or Color Purple- but they’re still good books.
    Is the Scarlet Letter good? I love Their eyes Were Watching God.

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