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Classics That Are Fun to Read

Our maverick English Teacher and contrarian looks back on his reading history and comes up with 100 classics and modern classics of fiction that were so enjoyable to read (at least to him) that they couldn't possibly be "required" reading. As always, this is a personal and idiosyncratic list, and should not be taken as exhaustive or definitive. For those who care about such things, "Frankenstein" did not make the list because, despite its brilliant concept, it is a terrible slog to read.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes/The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes/The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
3
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
4
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
5
And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None
6
Beowulf (Wright -Trans)
Beowulf (Wright -Trans)
7
The Big Sky (A. B. Guthrie)
The Big Sky (A. B. Guthrie)
8
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
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9
The Black Arrow (Robert Louis Stevenson)
The Black Arrow (Robert Louis Stevenson)
10
Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)
Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)
11
The Bull From the Sea (Mary Renault)
The Bull From the Sea (Mary Renault)
12
The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weird Stories (H.P Lovecraft)
The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weird Stories (H.P Lovecraft)
13
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
14
Captain Blood (Rafael Sabatini)
Captain Blood (Rafael Sabatini)
15
Captains Courageous (Rudyard Kipling)
Captains Courageous (Rudyard Kipling)
16
Carmilla (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)
Carmilla (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)
17
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
18
A Coffin for Dimitrios (Ambler)
A Coffin for Dimitrios (Ambler)
19
Collected Ghost Stories (M.R James)
Collected Ghost Stories (M.R James)
20
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Mark Twain)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Mark Twain)
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21
The Conquest of Gaul (Julius Caesar)
The Conquest of Gaul (Julius Caesar)
22
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
23
The Dain Curse (Dashiell Hammett)
The Dain Curse (Dashiell Hammett)
24
The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
25
David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
26
Dead Souls (Gogol)
Dead Souls (Gogol)
27
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
28
Dubliners (Joyce)
Dubliners (Joyce)
29
Egil's Saga (Anonymous)
Egil's Saga (Anonymous)
30
The Epic of Gilgamesh (N.K. Sandars Translator)
The Epic of Gilgamesh (N.K. Sandars Translator)
31
Eyrbyggja Saga (Anonymous)
Eyrbyggja Saga (Anonymous)
32
Farewell, My Lovely (Raymond Chandler)
Farewell, My Lovely (Raymond Chandler)
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33
The Glass Key (Dashiell Hammett)
The Glass Key (Dashiell Hammett)
34
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
35
Gulliver's Travels
Gulliver's Travels
36
The High Window (Raymond Chandler)
The High Window (Raymond Chandler)
37
His Last Bow (Arthur Conan Doyle)
His Last Bow (Arthur Conan Doyle)
38
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
39
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5) (Arthur Conan Doyle)
40
The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells)
The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells)
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