I’m thinking about reading some of these as a new year’s resolution, maybe tackling one book each month.
Some of these books I can either get free or for less than a dollar on my Kindle. Although most of them are under 200 pages, in the comments it was noted that a few of these are really not two-hour reads (Wuthering Heights?). As a slow reader, I should take that into account.
Here’s the list.
- A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
- Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- Candide, by Voltaire
- Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck
- The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
- Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
- Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
- Night, by Elie Wiesel
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
- The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
- The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- The Stranger, by Albert Camus
- Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
Some more ideas are in the comments, including one of my favorites, The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. It would be interesting to re-read some books that I remember fondly from my youth and see if they’ve stood the test of time.
Two (or three) hours a month – how hard can that be? I can think of it as my own personal battle against the end of deep and focused reading.