You guys, I don’t know how I’m even allowed to be a human, given the gaping (and embarrassing) omissions in my reading repertoire. I’m putting together a list of “classics” (for lack of a better, but equally subjective, word) that I’ve somehow managed to miss during my many, many years of reading. Your job is to tell me what I’m forgetting.

Help me be well-read, people. I’m depending on you.

  • Something, anything by Henry Miller
  • Something, anything by Anais Nin
  • Something, anything by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Something, anything by Jack Kerouac
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (currently reading)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Shakespeare, probably everything (except Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which I’ve already read)
  • Anna Kerenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Dracula by Bram Stroker
  • Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (I’ve tried to read this several times, and I’ve never enjoyed it. I’m determined, though. I shall conquer you, Mrs. Dalloway!)
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe