20 Classic Novels Every Writer Should Read

June 5, 2024

Writing can be a predominantly difficult task with not much help to go around. Whether you need a break, some good old fashioned inspiration to help you overcome your obstacles, or you’re just starting out as a writer, these are 20 classic novels every writer should read.



1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


6. Animal Farm by George Orwell


7. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


8. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


9. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville


10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez


12. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky


13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


15. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


16. Beloved by Toni Morrison


17. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes


18. Dracula by Bram Stoker


19. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert


20. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck



Writing is more than just our own creativity, it’s the learning experiences we gain from others. I hope that by reading even one of these iconic pieces of literature, you’re able to learn something new from them.

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