The Unread Books Project Classics Edition

14 Jul

A few weeks ago I ran across something called the – you probably guessed already — The Unread Books Project. I read about it on The Unread Shelf and was instantly inspired to do it as well!

Because of the size of my library, I decided to make separate lists. This one, as you’ve already deduced, is the Classics.

(Now, picture me with a pad of paper and pen going around my house where I’ve been able to stack a few (or more) books in odd places, writing title and author down) I do hope to add the published date of these books when I come back through and mark that I’ve read them. (that’s a reminder for future Laura)

by Author, A to D:

A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich (read Aug 2020)

Reluctant Pioneer by Mary Vowell Adams

Books by Jane Austen:

Pride and Prejudice (read Jan 2021)

Mansfield Park

Sense and Sensibility

Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (read Nov 2020)

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (read Nov 2020)

The Fighting Preacher by Rev. John H. Aughey

Lives of Girls Who Became Famous by Sarah Knowles Bolton

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmoore (read May 2017)

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The Unannointed by Laurene Chinn

Eliza by Patricia Campbell

Streams in the Desert by Lettie Cowman

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (read Dec 2020)

The Robe by Lloyd D. Douglas

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

The Princess Aline by Richard Harding Davis

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dufoe

by Author, E to H:

An Important Family by Dorothy Eden

The Great Brain Series by John D. Fitzgerald

Lord Hornblower by C.S. Forester (printed in 1946)

Man O’ War by Walter Farley

Anne Frank : Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman

Man to Man by Jackson Gregory

A Last Lamp Burning by Gywn Griffin

A Falcon for a Queen by Catherine Gaskin (read Jan 2019)

Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing

Princess Bride by William Goldman

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Grimm Brothers

She: A History of Adventure by H. Rider Haggard ( read in June 2020)

Passionate Pilgrim : The Life of Vincent Van Gogh by Lawrence and Elisabeth Hanson (read April 2021)

Cloud Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill

Betty Grable and the House of Cobwebs by Kathryn Heisenfelt

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (read in June 2020)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (finished Jan 2021)

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Best Known Works of Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Grandison Mather by Henry Harland

by Author, I to M:

Pillar of Fire by J.H. Ingraham (read Aug 2020)

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Rachel by Agnes Scott Kent

The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne (printed in 1914)

White Fang by Jack London

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Silver Nutmeg by Norah Lofts

An Iceland Fisherman by Pierre Loti (printed in 1902)

Thankful’s Inheritance by Joseph C. Lincoln

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Road Back to Paris by A.J. Liebling

The Second Chance by Nellie L. McClung

Lalla Rookh by Thomas Moore

Beverly of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

by Author, N to R:

The Pit by Frank Norris

The Runaway by Kathleen Norris

Ralph Marlow by James Bell Naylor

The Merchant of Prato by Iris Origo

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy

Moonraker’s Bride by Peter O’donnell

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed

by Author, S to W:

Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Treasure Island


The Black Arrow

The Burnished Blade by Lawrence Schooner (printed in 1948)

Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw

Paris Underground by Etta Shiber (printed in 1943)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Who Could Ask for Anything More? by Kay Swift (printed in 1943)

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Rudin by Ivan Turgenev

Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Gilded Age by Mark Twain

The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

Candide by Voltaire

Looking for a Bluebird by Joseph Wechsberg (printed in 1944)

Common School Literature by Westlake

A New England Nun and Other Stories by M.E. Wilkins

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Nine Brides and Granny Hite by Neil Compton Wilson

The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White

You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe

Bumper the White Rabbit in the Woods (Twilight Animals #1) by George Ethelbert Walsh

Bobby Gray Squirrel’s Adventures (Twilight Animals #6) by George Ethelbert Walsh

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Abigail Adams by Evelyn Witter

Best Known Works of Oscar Wilde

A History of the Jews in the U.S.

And that’s it! I hope to have my Unread list of ‘regular’ books up soon as well! Have you ever made it a point to read through your library? Did you make it all the way through?

I don’t have an end goal for this – I figure it’ll take me quite a while to read ALL of these – a few years perhaps?


12 Responses to “The Unread Books Project Classics Edition”

  1. Maryann Hore July 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

    WELL! I knew you had alot of books, but I had no idea! No wonder they are stashed all over! Hmmm, come to think of it, I had a whole lot too, before moving from Oregon. I gave away quite few banana boxes full of books! And I am still sorting to pare them down some more!


    • Laura July 15, 2020 at 8:23 am #

      Haha, oh yes! Books are everywhere in our house! I feel like it’s a constant thing though, making sure that you’re only keeping ones that you want to, you know?


  2. Katja L. July 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm #

    I spy some amazing books on there!!! You’re in for a treat! And I’m totally stealing this idea. 😀


    • Laura July 15, 2020 at 8:21 am #

      You should!!! It’s such a fun idea!


  3. mphtheatregirl July 15, 2020 at 6:22 am #

    I love the classics. These are the ones I have read. These are referring to the classics from the 1800s and earlier

    1. Les Misérables
    2. Hunchback of Notre Dame
    3. A Christmas Carol
    4. Tale of Two Cities
    5. Great Expectations
    6. David Copperfield
    7. Oliver Twist
    8. Nicholas Nickleby
    9. Don Quixote
    10. Illiad
    11. Odyssey
    12. Pride and Prejudice

    Of all of those, the only one I didn’t like was Pride and Prejudice

    Right now, in the middle of Anna Karenina. What are the others I own?

    1. Bleak House
    2. Hard Times
    3. Kidnapped
    4. Gulliver’s Travels
    5. War and Peace

    Part of these classics were given to me: War and Peace, Kidnapped, Gulliver’s Travels, Anna Karenina, and the intimidating War and Peace


    • Laura July 15, 2020 at 8:21 am #

      What a great list of books that you’ve already read! wow! I read Kidnapped a few years ago and really enjoyed it.


      • mphtheatregirl July 15, 2020 at 8:53 am #

        I was raised on the George S Scott. movie of A Christmas Carol. It become family tradition to watch it over the holidays every year.

        Then later, once Les Mis entered my life—that is when I truly became a classic fan. I read classics in between semesters at college: as in summer break and Christmas break. That is part of why I read so much.

        Only a few I have read after graduating: Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, Pride and Prejudice, and now Anna Karenina. I have a lot more control over the pacing now that I don’t have a quick deadline.


        • Laura July 19, 2020 at 9:39 am #

          I love that family tradition! I can see that, being able to read them a bit slower without school looming around the corner! It’s been fun getting into the classics more these past few years


          • mphtheatregirl July 19, 2020 at 9:42 am #

            With the classics, I read a non-classic in between.

            Just a couple years ago- a church family friend gave me a couple of classics: Illiad, Odyssey, Kidnapped, Gulliver’s Travels, Anna Karenina, and the most surprising I was given was War and Peace.

            My two most recent classics I own are Bleak House and Hard Times.


          • mphtheatregirl July 19, 2020 at 9:45 am #

            This applies to that idea even further:




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