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100 Essential Novels: Chart your reading progress with a fabulous scratch-off poster

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With so many fabulous books out there it can be difficult to remember just which ones you’ve read. But with this awesome literary poster you’ll be able to keep track of the novels you’ve read by scratching off each one as you go.

The chart features 100 Essential Novels, each with a foil book cover image. After you’ve read one of the books you scratch off the image, revealing the fully detailed book cover. You’re literally unveiling the mysterious detail behind the foil, as a treat for finishing one of the world’s best literary works.

With classic novels dating from 1605 to present day, this fabulous poster will help launch you into the wonderful world of literature, letting you explore the most important periods in literary history.

This is a fantastic poster for both the classroom and at home, allowing you to see your terrific progress in true style. The scratch-off design means it’ll even fuel your desire to read more – just the tool you need for encouraging students!

The list of 100 essential books included in the poster can be seen below.

Title of Book Author
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby-Dick Herman Melville
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Middlemarch George Eliot
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
A Passage to India E. M. Forster
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Appointment in Samarra John O’Hara
I, Claudius Robert Graves
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen
At Swim-Two-Birds Brian O’Nolan
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Day of the Locust Nathanael West
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
Native Son Richard Wright
Animal Farm George Orwell
All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene
1984 George Orwell
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
The Recognitions William Gaddis
On the Road Jack Kerouac
A Death in the Family James Agee
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
Rabbit, Run John Updike
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
A House for Mr Biswas V.S. Naipaul
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosiński
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Deliverance James Dickey
Dog Soldiers Robert Stone
Ragtime E. L. Doctorow
Falconer John Cheever
Play It as It Lays Joan Didion
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Money Martin Amis
Neuromancer William Gibson
White Noise Don DeLillo
Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The Sportswriter Richard Ford
Beloved Toni Morrison
Wittgenstein’s Mistress David Markson
The Shipping News Annie Proulx
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
American Pastoral Philip Roth
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
White Teeth Zadie Smith
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
2666 Roberto Bolaño
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
Tree of Smoke Denis Johnson
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