2) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Also Great Expectations. Look, Dickens was paid by the word, so he's basically the opposite of concise, and he tends to talk about gloomy stuff in morose old settings. But he's a big deal classic author, so I have to give him a try. (400/500+ pages, 1860s)
4) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. I don't know, it's not that long, since it's a play, but it's from World War I times (1913), which is not the best literary era in my opinion. I just feel thrown off by the idea of this, for some reason. But, you know. It's classic.
5) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. Faulkner is not famous for being readable, at all. He likes his big words! Still, the concept of this story sounds cool, and I have to give him a try at least once. (300+ pages, 1929)
6) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Moving into 'modern classics' (late 1960s and beyond): Vonnegut sounds really violent and weird as a writer, and I have no idea how that's going to go down with me. I'm not generally into male-led war stuff, so yeah. But I do often like sci-fi.
7) The Stand by Stephen King. Look, I do think of myself as a King fan. I love some of his stuff. But likewise a lot of it crosses the line for me in sexual and violent content, and I never know how it's gonna be. Sometimes he's just too male (I run into this problem a lot with classic lit too). This is one of his older books, from 1978, and it weighs in at 1000+ pages depending on the edition, but it's also one of his most popular works. So we'll see.
8) Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card. For me, Card is in the same boat as King, although at his worst I find him more obscure than disturbing. We're into the 1990s now with this book, which clocks in at 400+ pages.
9) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I don't know, this book is just known to be literary, which is where a lot of the scary classics also lie, and it's a male author, and I just don't know. I mean, it's over 1000 pages.
10) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Again, this is DeEp and CoMpLeX and LiTeRaRy and MaLe so we will just have to see how I end up feeling about it. Plus it's partly historical fiction, despite being the most modern of this list (2004!).
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