Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

This year’s all-school read is…¬†TransAtlantic¬†by Colum McCann

The following lists are made up of authors and titles that are often found on the suggested reading lists of top American colleges and universities. Choosing a sampling of these works would also be useful as preparation for AP and SAT exams. The lists are arranged in the following categories:

Adams, Henry
The Education of Henry Adams

Agee, James
A Death in the Family

Alcott, Louisa May
Little Women

Anderson, Sherwood
Winesburg, Ohio

Baldwin, James
Go Tell It On the Mountain

Bellamy, Edward
Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Bellow, Saul
Seize the Day

Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451

Cather, Willa
My Antonia
The Song of the Lark

Chopin, Kate
The Awakening

Clark, Walter Van Tilburg
The Ox-Bow Incident

Cormier, Robert
The Chocolate War

Crane, Stephen
The Red Badge of Courage

Dorris, Michael
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Douglass, Frederick
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Dreiser, Theodore
An American Tragedy
Sister Carrie

Dubois, W.E.B.
The Souls of Black Folk

Eliot, T.S.
The Wasteland

Ellison, Ralph
Invisible Man

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Equiano, Olaudah
Slave Narrative

Erdrich, Louise
Love Medicine

Faulkner, William
Absalom, Absalom!
As I Lay Dying
The Sound and the Fury

Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby

Franklin, Benjamin

Gaines, Ernest
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph

Hellman, Lillian
Little Foxes

Hemingway, Ernest
A Farewell to Arms
In Our Time
The Sun Also Rises

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God

James, Henry
The Portrait of a Lady

Jewett, Sarah Orne
The Country of the Pointed Firs

Johnson, James Weldon
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Kesey, Ken
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Kingston, Maxine Hong
Tripmaster Monkey

Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird

Lewis, Sinclair
Main Street

London, Jack
Call of the Wild

Mailer, Norman
The Armies of the Night
The Naked and the Dead

Malamud, Bernard
The Assistant
The Natural

McCullers, Carson
The Member of the Wedding

Melville, Herman
Bartleby the Scrivener

Morrison, Toni

Nabokov Vladimir
Pale Fire

Norris, Frank
The Octopus

O’Connor, Flannery
A Good Man is Hard to Find
Wise Blood

Parks, Gordon
The Learning Tree

Plath, Sylvia
The Bell Jar

Poe, Edgar Allan
Great Tales and Poems

Potok, Chaim
The Chosen

Roth, Phillip
Operation Shylock

Salinger, J.D.
The Catcher in the Rye

Sinclair, Upton
The Jungle

Stein Gertrude
Composition as Explanation
Three Lives

Steinbeck, John
The Grapes of Wrath

Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Thoreau, Henry David
Civil Disobedience

Toomer, Jean

Twain, Mark
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tyler, Anne
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Updike, John
Rabbit, Run

Vonnegut, Kurt

Walker, Alice
The Color Purple

Wells, H.G.
The Time Machine

Welty, Eudora
The Golden Apples
Thirteen Stories

West, Nathaniel
Miss Lonelyhearts

Wharton, Edith
The Age of Innocense
The House of Mirth

Wilson, Harriet
Our Nig

Wolfe, Thomas
Look Homeward, Angel

Wright, Richard
Native Son

Austen, Jane
Pride and Prejudice

Bronte, Charlotte
Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily
Wuthering Heights

Carroll, Lewis
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Conrad, Joseph
Heart of Darkness

Defoe, Daniel
Robinson Crusoe

Dickens, Charles
Great Expectations

Eliot, George
The Mill on the Floss

Fielding, Henry
Tom Jones

Forster, E.M.
A Passage to India

Golding, William
Lord of the Flies

Hardy, Thomas
Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World

Lawrence, D.H.
Sons and Lovers

Orwell, George
Animal Farm

Scott, Sir Walter

Shelley, Mary

Swift, Jonathan
Gulliver’s Travels

Thakeray, William Makepiece
Vanity Fair

Woolf, Virginia
To the Lighthouse

Beckett, Samuel
Waiting for Godot

Joyce, James
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Balzac, Honore de (French)

Pere Goriot

Camus, Albert (French)
The Stranger

Flaubert, Gustave (French)
Madame Bovary

Stendhal (French)
The Red and the Black

Voltaire (French)

Brecht, Bertolt (German)
Mother Courage and Her Children

Hesse, Hermann (German)

Mann, Thomas (German)
Death in Venice

Remarque, Erich Maria (German)
All Quiet on the Western Front

Dostoevski, Feodor (Russian)
Crime and Punishment

Pasternak, Boris (Russian)
Doctor Zhivago

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander (Russian)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Tolstoy, Leo (Russian)
Anna Karenina
War and Peace

Turgenev, Ivan (Russia)
Fathers and Sons

Achebe, Chinua (Nigerian)
Things Fall Apart

Allende, Isabel (Chilean)
House of the Spirits

Borges, Jorge Luis (Argentinian)

Cervantes, Miguel de (Spanish)
Don Quixote

Esquivel, Laura (Mexican)
Like Water for Chocolate

Fuentes, Carlos (Mexican)
The Death of Artemio Cruz

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel (Colombian)
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gogol, Nikolai (Ukranian)
The Overcoat

Grass, Gunter (Polish)
The Tin Drum

Kafka, Franz (Czechoslavakian)
The Trial

Paton, Alan (South African)
Cry, the Beloved Country

Weisel, Elie (Romanian)


American Library Association. “Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners.” Viewed 17 Mar. 2002.

Arrowhead Library System. “College Bound Reading List.” Viewed 17 Mar. 2002.

Center for Applied Research in Education. “Reading List for the College Bound.” Viewed 17 Mar. 2002.

Estell, Doug, Michele L. Satchwell, and Patricia S. Wright. Reading Lists for College-Bound Students, 3rd ed. ARCO, 2000.

Nobel e-Museum. “The Nobel Prize in Literature – Laureates.” Viewed 17 Mar. 2002.