200 books: Everyman’s List

This is the list Mandi Patchin created and is working her way through. She’s blogging daily on the task at 200books.com.

“I have based my reading list on their “Everyman’s 100 Essentials” and included the 39 volumes of the “Children’s Classics” set so that I could read them aloud to my boys (another strategy for getting the necessary 216 pages a day in) then I added the titles from the “Contemporary Classics” set not already covered by the Essentials set, and found a few more to round out the number to 200,” she says.

Where there is more than one title on a line they are by the same author and bound in the same volume. Bold indicates that I have read that title. And an asterisk (*) indicates that I own the title.


1984 – Orwell, George
A Handful of Dust – Waugh, Evelyn
A House for Mr. Biswas – Naipaul, V.S.
A Passage to India – Forster, E. M.
*A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Joyce, James
A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens, Charles
Animal Farm – Orwell, George
Anna Karenina – Tolstoy, Leo
Beloved – Morrison, Toni
Black Mishief, Scoop, The Loved One, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold – Waugh, Evelyn
Brideshead Revisited – Waugh, Evelyn
Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
Carried Away – Munro, Alice
Catch-22 – Heller, Joseph
Collected Stories – Chandler, Raymond
Collected Stories – Dahl, Roald
Collected Stories – Kafka, Franz
Collected Stories – Maugham, W. Somerset
Crime and Punishment – Dostoevsky, Fyodor
David Copperfield – Dickens, Charles
Doctor Zhivago – Pasternak, Boris
*Dubliners – Joyce, James
*Great Expectations – Dickens, Charles
Heart of Darkness – Conrad, Joseph
Jane Eyre – Bronte, Charlotte
Joseph and His Brothers – Mann, Thomas
Lolita – Nabokov, Vladimir
Love in the Time of Cholera – Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
Madame Bovary – Flaubert, Gustave
Midnight’s Children – Rushdie, Salman
Moby Dick – Melville, Herman
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unameable: A Trilogy – Beckett, Samuel
Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma – Narayan, R.K.
Mrs. Dalloway – Woolf, Virginia
My Antonia – Cather, Willa
Offshore, Human Voices, The Beginning of Spring – Fitzgerald, Penelope
Oliver Twist – Dickens, Charles
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
Pale Fire – Nabokov, Vladimir
Persuasion – Austen, Jane
Pnin – Nabokov, Vladimir
Pride and Prejudice – Austen, Jane
Rabbit Angstrom – Updike, John
Sense and Sensibility – Austen, Jane
Song of Solomon – Morrison, Toni
Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher – Narayan, R.K.
The Arabian Nights
The Big Sleep; Farewell my Lovely; The High Window – Chandler, Raymond
The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, The Blue Flower – Fitzgerald, Penelope
The Border Trilogy – McCarthy, Cormac
The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky, Fyodor
The Castle – Kafka, Franz
The Complete Henry Bech – Updike, John
The Complete Short Novels – Chekhov, Anton
The Complete Short Stories – Waugh, Evelyn
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Bassani, Giorgio
The General in His Labyrinth – Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
The Handmaid’s Tale – Atwood, Margaret
The House of the Spirits – Allende, Isabel
The Human Factor – Greene, Graham
The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback – Chandler, Raymond
The Magic Mountain – Mann, Thomas
The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest – Hammett, Dashiel
The Mill on the Floss – Eliot, George
The Name of the Rose – Eco, Umberto
The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays – Camus, Albert
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Stories – Cain, James M
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver’s Seat, The Only Problem – Spark, Muriel
The Radetzky March – Roth, Joseph
The Scarlett Letter – Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The Stranger – Camus, Albert
The Tale of Genji – Murasaki, Shikibu
The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Underground, Ripley’s Game – Highsmith, Patricia
The Trial – Kafka, Franz
Things Fall Apart – Achebe, Chinua
This Side of Paradise – Fitzgerald, F. Scott
To the Lighthouse – Woolf, Virginia
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – Twain, Mark
Ulysses – Joyce, James
Zeno’s Conscience – Svevo, Italo
The Best of Wodehouse – Wodehouse, P. G.
Dain Curse, The Glass Key and The Selected Stories – Hammett, Dashiel
*Death Comes for the Archbishop – Cather, Willa
Ficciones – Borges, Jorge Luis
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Calvino, Italo
The Master and Margarita – Bulgakov, Mikhail
Sons and Lovers – Lawrence, D. H.
The Cairo Trilogy – Mahfouz, Naguib
The Sword of Honour Trilogy – Waugh, Evelyn
Three Novels of Ancient Egypt Khufu’s Wisdom, Rhodopis of Nubia, Thebes at War – Mahfouz, Naguib
Mansfield Park – Austen, Jane
Northanger Abbey – Austen, Jane
Emma – Austen, Jane


Democracy in America – Tocqueville, Alexis De
Essays – Orwell, George
Meditations – Aurelius, Marcus
Rights of Man and Common Sense – Paine, Thomas
Speak, Memory – Nabokov, Vladimir
The Republic – Plato
*The Prince – Machiavelli, Niccolo
The Wealth of Nations – Smith, Adam
Walden – Thoreau, Henry David
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live – Didion, Joan
Waugh Abroad: Collected Travel Writing – Waugh, Evelyn
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Wollstonecraft, Mary


Tao Te Ching – Lao-Tzu
The Collected Works – Gibran, Kahlil
The Confessions – Augustine


The Aeneid – Virgil
The Divine Comedy – Dante, Alighieri
The Iliad – Homer
The Odyssey – Homer
Marriage Poems – Hollander, John
Baudelaire: Poems – Baudelaire, Charles


The Analects – Confucius


The Histories – Herodotus


The Periodic Table – Levi, Primo
The Woman Warrior, China Men – Kingston, Maxine Hong
The Life of Samuel Johnson – Boswell, James


Adventures of Robin Hood – Green, Roger Lancelyn
Aladdin and Other Tales – Robinson, W. Heath
*Anne of Green Gables – Montgomery, L. M.
A Apple Pie & Nursery Rhymes – Greenaway, Kate
The BFG – Dahl, Roald
Black Beauty – Sewell, Anna
A Book of Nonsense – Lear, Edward
A Child’s Garden of Verses – Stevenson, Robert Louis
A Christmas Carol – Dickens, Charles
Daddy Long Legs – Webster, Jean
Don Quixote of the Mancha – Cervantes, Miguel De
English Fairy Tales – Jacobs, Joseph
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children – Avery, Gillian
The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse – Guinness, Louise
Fables – Aesop
Fairy Tales – Andersen, Hans Christian
Fairy Tales – The Brothers Grimm
Jack the Giant Killer – Doyle, Richard
Just So Stories – Kipling, Rudyard
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table- Green, Roger Lancelyn
The Light in the Forest – Richter, Conrad
Little Red Riding Hood & Other Stories – Perrault, Charles
Little Women – Alcott, Louisa May
Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes – Jerrold, Walter
Peter Pan – Barrie, J.M.
The Pied Piper of Hamlin – Browning, Robert
The Princess and the Goblin – MacDonald, George
Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Rhymes and Stories – Caldecott, Randolph
Robinson Crusoe – Defoe, Daniel
Russian Fairly Tales – Avery, Gillian
The Scarlett Pimpernel – Orczy, Baroness
The Secret Garden – Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Sherlock Holmes – Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
Sleeping Beauty – Evans, C.S.
The Three Musketeers – Dumas, Alexandre
Treasure Island – Stevenson, Robert Louis
The Wind in the Willows – Grahame, Kenneth
The Wizard of Oz – Baum, L. Frank
A Wonder Book for Boys & Girls – Hawthorne, Nathaniel

I really like that she broke the list out by categories. Since I’ve been reading Muggeridge, I’ve felt the need to read some D.H. Lawrence. Muggeridge references so many classic works, as well as tons of his contemporaries, who are not my contemporaries. This list does seem to give several authors quite a few spaces.

By my count, I’ve read 25 of the above 200. That’s more of a dent than I had in Image Journal’s top 100 before I started working on it, I guess.

What do you like about this list? How many have you read?


4 responses to “200 books: Everyman’s List

  1. It’s a good list. I, too like that it’s in categories. I’ve read 34 on the list sometime in my lifetime. Keep up the good progress. You’re inspiring!

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  3. thanks for your blog 🙂 Godbless

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