Penguin English Library

Alongside my Classics Club list (here), I'd quite like to work through the 100 Penguin English Library books,  touted as 100 of the best books in the English language.  This is a vague goal without any time-scale.  It has quite a lot of overlap with my classics club list, which is a bonus!

Titles in bold are ones I have already read, any available reviews are linked.

1. Emma by Jane Austen (review Aug 2010)
2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (read pre-blogging)
6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (review Sept 2012)
7. Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
8. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (review Jan 2011)
10. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
11. Villette by Charlotte Bronte (review Sept 2011)
12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (pre-blog, reread May 2013)
13. Evelina by Fanny Burney
14. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
15. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
16. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
17. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (review March 2012)
18. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (pre-blog)
19. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (pre blog)
20. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
21. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
22. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
23. The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
24. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
25. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
26. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
27. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (review Feb 2013)
28. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
29. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
32. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (review Aug 2012)
33. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
34. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
35. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
36. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
37. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
38. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
39. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
40. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
41. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
42. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
43. Middlemarch by George Eliot
44. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
45. Silas Marner by George Eliot
46. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
47. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
48. Howards End by E.M. Forster
49. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
50. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
51. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
52. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
53. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
54. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
55. New Grub Street by George R. Gissing
56. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
57. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
58. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (pre-blog)
59. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
60. Tess of D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
61. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
62. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
63. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 2013)
64. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
65. Daisy Miller and the Turn of the Screw by Henry James (Daisy Miller June 2013,Turn of the Screw Oct 2013 )
66. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
67. Washington Square by Henry James
68. The Wings of a Dove by Henry James
69. Dubliners by James Joyce
70. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
71. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
72. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
73. Melmuth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
74. The Confidence Man and Billy Budd, Sailer by Herman Melville
75. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
76. The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
77. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
78. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
79. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (pre-blog)
80. Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett
81. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Lawrence Sterne
82. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
83. Treasure Island and The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson
84. Dracula by Bram Stoker (pre-blog)
85. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
86. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
87. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
88. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
89. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
90. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
91. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
92. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
93. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
94. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
95. The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells (review March 2011)
96. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
97. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (pre-blog)
98. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
99. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
100. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (pre-blogging)

So much Dickens! But thankfully it is Dubliners and not Ulysses by James Joyce!

May 2013 - 19/100
June 2013 - 19.5 / 100
July 2013 - 20.5/100
Oct 2013 - 21/100


  1. Thanks so much for the list! I'm trying to get them all, too, and it was hard keeping track of them all. Since they are being dubbed 'best books' and quite a lot of them are in the '1001 Books To Read' list, I decided to start collecting them.

    They don't look too bad on the shelves either :-)

  2. The Penguin English Library is a set of beauty and this reading challenge is just the right sort of excuse to collect them.