These are my Top 10 Novels of the Nineteenth Century! When it comes to reading older books, it is important to remember that the conventions and style of the times will be quite different than modern tales. I have noticed (especially during my time as a teacher) that many people tend to shy away from older material in favor of more easily accessible writing. Whether you are already a fan of classic literature or simply are interested in experiencing some of the greatest literature of the past, I hope that this list points you to some of your new favorite books. Some of the most inspirational and thought-provoking books I have ever read were penned during this pivotal and revolutionary century. To be clear, I am including only novels (and a couple of novellas) in this list, so many of the ground-breaking short stories that were written during this time will not be listed. So many of the books on this list are credited with starting or igniting their particular genre that it was difficult to make my selections.
Yes, I am aware that Charles Dickens is not on my list. I am not a fan! These are novels, so short stories are not included.
As always, I would love to see other lists or suggestions to add to my list in the comments section. Enjoy!
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Ivanoe by Sir Walter Scott
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain