Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

What are some challenging novels to read?

I want to read something dense, challenging, and interesting. I'm going to grad school next year, so you'd be doing me a disservice by recommending me high school classics. I already read those - in elementary school. Interesting and challenging.

Thanks in advance


These are all kindergarten books!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Any of these do?

    Lord of the Flies and The Inheritors by William Golding

    The Professor and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift

    Sons and Lovers - D H Lawrence

    Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D H Lawrence

    Great Gatsby - Scot Fitzgerald

    1984 and Animal Farm – George Orwell

    Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Wolfe

    I Claudius - Robert Graves

    Rebecca - Daphne de Maurier

    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

    Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh

    Women in Love - D H Lawrence

    Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad

    A Portrait of an Artist as a Young man - James Joyce

    Goodbye to all That - Robert Graves

    Shirley - Charlotte Bronte

    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

    Brave New World - Aldais Huxley

    Anna Karnina - Tolstoy

    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

    Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

    Lolita - Vladimer Naborkov

    Tarka the Otter - Henry Williamson

    Burning Bright - John Steinbeck

    Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

    Les Miseriables - Victor Hugo

    Lorna Doon - R D Blackmore

    Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

    Brideshead Revisted - Evelyn Waugh

    War and Peace - Tolstoy

    Women in Love - D H Lawrence

    Brighten Rock - Graham Greene

    The Portrait of A Lady - Henry James

    Daisy Miller – Henry James

    The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

    The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

    The Black Joke - J M Scott

    The Catcher in the Rye - J D Solinger

    The French Lieutenants Woman - John Fowles

    A Room of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf

    The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan

    The Last Tycoon - Scot Fitzgerald

    The Trail - Franz Kataka

    Villette – Charlotte Bronte

    Robin Hood - Henry Gilbert

    Chien/Cheri The last of - Collette

    The Mill on the Floss - George Elliott

    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

    Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Close Quarters - William Golding

    Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

    Agnes - Anne Bronte

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte

    Three Men in A Boat - Jerome K Jerome

    The Hearing Trumpet - Leonora Carrington

    20,000 Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne

    Tom Sawyer/Hunkleberry Finn – Mark Twain

    Around the World in 80 days – Jules Verne

    Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis


    Billy Budd – Herman Melville

    The Black Arrow – Robert Louis Stevenson

    Bleak House – Charles Dickens

    The Blue Zone – Andrew Gross

    The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

    Captains Courageous – Rudyard Kipling

    The Chouans – Honore de Balzac

    A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

    Common Sense – Thomas Paine

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court – Mark Twain

    The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

    Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Dacid Copperfield – Charles Dickens

    Don Juan – George Byron

    Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

    Emma – Jane Austen

    English Lord, Ordinary Lady – Fiona Harrrper

    Theee Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Alan Poe

    Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

    Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

    The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Iliad of Homer

    The Importance of being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

    A Journey to the interior of the Earth – Jules Verne

    The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

    Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Last of The Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

    Letters on England – Voltaire

    The Man who would be King – Rudyard Kipling

    Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

    Middlemarch – George Elliot

    Moby Dick – Herman Melville

    The odyssey of Homer

    Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

    On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

    Paradise Lost – John Milton

    Paz/Pierrette/The Purse – Honore de Balzac

    Persuasion – Jane Austen

    Poison Study – Maria V Snyder

    The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

    Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

    The Prince – Nicolo Machavelli

    The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain

    The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe

    The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane

    The Republic – Plato

    Rhoda Fleming/Sandra Belloni – George Meredith

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleride

    Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

    The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

    The Sentimentalists – George Meredith

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde/Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

    A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

    The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

    Uncle Vanya – Anton Checkov

    Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

    Walden or life in the Woods – Henry David Thoreau

    The Wicked Earl Margaret McPhee

    The Wife and other stories – Anton Chekov

    The Works of Aristotle

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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  • 1 decade ago

    John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968; American):

    The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

    Cannery Row (1945)

    East of Eden (1952)

    Of Mice and Men (1937)

    The Pearl (1947)

    The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)

    Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961; American):

    The Old Man and The Sea (1952)

    The Sun Also Rises (1926)

    A Farewell To Arms (1929)

    For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

    Margaret Mitchell (1900 - 1949; American):

    Gone With the Wind (1936)

    Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892; American):

    Leaves of Grass - A Collection of Poetry

    George Eliot (1819 - 1880; English):

    Silas Marner (1861)

    The Mill on the Floss (1860)

    Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951; American):

    Main Street (1920)

    Babbitt (1922)

    Arrowsmith (1925)

    Elmer Gantry (1927)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940; American):

    The Great Gatsby (1925)

    William Faulkner (1897 - 1962; American):

    Light in August (1932)

    Absalom, Absalom (1936)

    The Sound and the Fury (1929)

    As I Lay Dying (1930)

    Upton Sinclair (1878 - 1968; American):

    The Jungle (1906)

    John Updike (1932 - ; American):

    Rabbit, Run (1960)

    Rabbit Redux (1971)

    Rabbit is Rich (1981)

    Rabbit at Rest (1990)

    Rabbit Remembered (2001)

    Virginia Woolf:

    To the Lighthouse

    Mrs. Dalloway

    The Voyage Out

    Jacob's Room

    The Waves


    A Room of One's Own

    Three Guineas

    Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832; Scot):

    Ivanhoe (1819)

    Rob Roy (1818)

    Herman Melville (1819 - 1891; American):

    Moby Dick (1851)

    Henrik Ibsen (1828 - 1906; Norwegian):

    A Doll's House (1879)

    Albert Camus (1913 - 1960; French-Algerian):

    The Stranger (1942)

    The Plague (1947)

    Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885; French):

    Les Miserables (1862)

    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)

    Moliere (1622 - 1673; French):

    Tartuffe or The Imposter (1664)

    The Misanthrope (1666)

    The Miser (1668)

    The Imaginary Invalid (1673)

    The Bourgeois Gentlemen (1670)

    Leon Uris (1924 - 2003; Jewish-American):

    Exodus (1958)

    Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960; Russian):

    Doctor Zhivago (1957)

    Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904; Russian):

    The Seagull (1896)

    Uncle Vanya (1899-1900)

    The Three Sisters (1901)

    The Cherry Tree (1904)

    Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910; Russian):

    Anna Karenina (1877)

    War and Peace (1869)

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 - ; Russian):

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

    The First Circle (1968)

    The Cancer Ward (1968)

    The Gulag Archipelago (3 Volumes; 1973 - 1978)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881; Russian):

    The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

    Crime and Punishment (1866)

    The Idiot (1869)


    The Iliad

    The Odyssey


    The Aeneid

    Geoffrey Chaucer:

    Canterbury Tales


    The Divine Comedy - Paradisio, Purgatoria, Inferno

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm completely in love with Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina was genius. But it took me almost 5 days to finish it, since I got constant cramps. I also suggest Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I know it's too high-school-ish, but I reread it all the time. What about Catch-22, or Don Quixote? I'm sorry I could not be of more help, but I'm only in 7th grade, albeit Honors. We're currently reading White Fang by Jack London, but I'd already read that in the 5th grade, ugh.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You may find that books considered "high school classics" now hold different meaning for you. And how did those books become classics? Because ADULTS read them and decided they were good.

    Dr. Zhivago may be interesting if you're into philosophy (that makes up about half the book)

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Saga i am reccomenmding isn't a classic (just to let you know!)

    The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

    It's a teenage love story about a tenager girl named Bella who falls in love with a vampire named Edward.

    the books in the saga are:

    1.) Twilight

    2.)New Moon


    4.)Breaking Dawn

    hope i've helped :)


    Source(s): I've read the Twilight Saga and I think it's the best saga ever(in my opinion) go to this website for more info:
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  • 1 decade ago

    His Dark Materials trilogy:

    The Golden Compass

    The subtle Knife

    The Amber Spyglass

    These are by far my favorite books ever. They are pretty in-depth and they have enough suspense to keep you going. I hope i helped :)

    And also...They've made a movie out of the first book.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The only book I have never finished is J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.

    The only book I have ever read that put me to sleep >.>

    Source(s): An avid reader.
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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    The House on Mango Street


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Lord of the Rings. They are hard! i read them in fifth grade and it took me so long because it was sooo hard! but they are amazing books!!!!!!

    also, any classics can be semi-challenging.

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  • 1 decade ago


    The Host

    Pride and Prejudice

    Harry Potter

    Also, you can search it up on Yahoo Answers, type in, "hard level books" and there's tones, I searched it up and found this one answer.;_ylt=Am6Ae...

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