The American Project

I have always had an interest in American classics so have decided to embrace this and read a number of them as a personal project.

I have listed the books I have read below under the year that they were first published with a link to my review. The books without a link are ones which I read pre-blog and are there to avoid confusion and for my records.

A list of all the books I hope to eventually read are listed at the bottom of this page and are a mix of classic books and more contemporary fiction. There is no time limit for this project so I am always open to new suggestions.

Books Read

Pre 1900s

The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Moby Dick by Herman Melville - DNF
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The turn of the screw by Henry James

1900 - 1910

1910 - 1920

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

1920 - 1930

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

1930 - 1940

Tender is the night by F.Scott Fitzgerald

1940 - 1950

Black Boy by Richard Wright
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner

1950 - 1960

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - DNF
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Flowers for Algermon by Daniel Keyes
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Natural by Bernard Malamud
The Old man and The Sea

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
We have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

1960 - 1970

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Couples by John Updike
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Franny and Zooey by J.D Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

1970 - 1980

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

1980 - 1990

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

1990 - 2000

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
From the year 2000

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

To be read List
Here are the list of books which I hope to one day read for this project.

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
Little Women - Louise Alcock
A Farwell to Arms - Ernest Hemmingway
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
My Antonia - Willa Cather
Death comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
Uncle Toms Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
Revolution Road - Richard Yates
The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow
The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace.
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
The Human Stain - Philip Roth
The Known World - Edward P.Jones
Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Foer
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
The Last of the Mohicans
A Narrative of 1757 - James Fenimore Cooper
Little Children - Tom Perrotta
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis
Stoner - John Williams
Narrative of the Life of a Slave - Frederick Douglas
The City & the Pillar - Gore Vidal
Native Son - Richard Wright
Fahrenheit 451
White Noise - Don DeLillo
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck