Reading lists

100 must-read classics, as chosen by our readers

They broke boundaries and challenged conceptions. We asked you for your must-read classics; from iconic bestsellers to lesser-known gems, these are your essential recommends. 

Everyone loves a classic novel, but where to start? From Jane Austen to Charles DickensToni Morrison to Fyodor Dostoevsky, the fiction canon is so vast you can easily get lost in it.

So we asked our readers to tell us about their favourite classic books. The resulting list of must-reads is a perfect way to find inspiration to start your classics adventure. There's something for everyone, from family sagas and dystopian fiction to romances and historical fiction.

And if you enjoy this, you can also learn about our reader's favourite books by female authors, most loved children's books and the best memoirs they've ever read.


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What's your favourite classic read? Let us know at @penguinukbooks.

What's your favourite classic read? Let us know at @penguinukbooks.

Books ranked in no particular order. Some answers have been edited for clarity and style.  

Image at top: Flynn Shore / Penguin

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