19th Century Reading List

Elizabeth (in Alaska) left a book list link in the comments section of this recent post and I just had a look at it. This one is all 19th century literature. I’m not as well read as Elizabeth, but here are the ones I’ve read on her list (I’ve added some others which are italicized). The one’s I’ve read so much they’re practically memorized are marked with an asterisk.

L. M. Alcott

Little Women
Eight Cousins*
Rose in Bloom*
An Old-fashioned Girl*
Under the Lilacs
Hospital Sketches

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice*
Mansfield Park*

Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre*

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

R. H. Dana Jr.

Two Years Before the Mast

Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist

Arthur Conan Doyle

Complete Tales of Sherlock Holmes (I’ve only read a few)
The Lost World
Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo

E. M. Forster

A Room With A View

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

L. M. Montgomery

Anne series*
Emily series*
Chronicles of Avonlea

Edith Nesbit

The Railway Children
Five Children and It*
The Phoenix and the Carpet
The Story of the Amulet

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Gene Stratton-Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost*
Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer*
Huckleberry Finn
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage

Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Mysterious Island*
Around the World in Eighty Days
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

H. G. Wells

The War of the Worlds
The Invisible Man
The Time Machine*

Johann Wyss

Swiss Family Robinson

There are a ton more that I have enjoyed from the early 20th century. Sometime I’ll have to do a post on that (just so you are warned). Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s list! There are a lot of classics on her list that I haven’t read.

3 thoughts on “19th Century Reading List

  1. I have never cared for 20th century literature either. Wrong world view. Although I'm not quite the romantic I used to be, my literary heart is still in the 19th century. Dickens is at the top of my list, and David Copperfield is my favorite of his. Try it! (I also really like the BBC adaptation with Dame Maggie Smith as Aunt Betsy Trotwood and young Daniel Radcliffe as Davy.)


  2. I looked at Elizabeth's list, and I've read many of those, but certainly not all. In fact, I have had the book Lorna Doone for over 30 years (!) but have never read it. My aunt bought it with some other books at a library sale for me when I was around 11 and I think at the time it didn't really interest me. Since Elizabeth and I seem to share a similar taste in books, I'm going to give Lorna Doone another chance.


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