To me, reading classic novels is like spinning a roulette wheel because oftentimes the age of the writing shows even if the piece is influential in other ways. Good examples of this for is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

But occasionally I'll read older works that I actually enjoy. For example, Robert Louis Stevenson's novels 'Kidnapped' and 'Treasure Island' I think are really good even though they were written a century ago.

With all that said, here are a few classic works of lit that I want to get around to reading:

Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (I read an abridged version when I was a kid and liked it)

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Iron Heel by Jack London

That's all I can think of at the top of my head. What are yours?