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College Bound Reader's List

by James Farnen

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101 Great Books

Recommended for College-Bound Readers

It's a good idea to talk to your parents, librarians, teachers, and counselor about your reading list. They can help you choose the best books for you from among your many options.

Author

Title

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Beowulf

Achebe, Chinua

Things Fall Apart

Agee, James

A Death in the Family

Austen, Jane

Pride and Prejudice

Baldwin, James

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Beckett, Samuel

Waiting for Godot

Bellow, Saul

The Adventures of Augie March

Brontë, Charlotte

Jane Eyre

Brontë, Emily

WutheringHeights

Camus, Albert

The Stranger

Cather, Willa

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Chaucer, Geoffrey

The Canterbury Tales

Chekhov, Anton

The Cherry Orchard

Chopin, Kate

The Awakening

Conrad, Joseph

Heart of Darkness

Cooper, James Fenimore

The Last of the Mohicans

Crane, Stephen

The Red Badge of Courage

Dante

Inferno

de Cervantes, Miguel

Don Quixote

Defoe, Daniel

Robinson Crusoe

Dickens, Charles

A Tale of Two Cities

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

Crime and Punishment

Douglass, Frederick

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Dreiser, Theodore

An American Tragedy

Dumas, Alexandre

The Three Musketeers

Eliot, George

The Mill on the Floss

Ellison, Ralph

Invisible Man

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Selected Essays

Faulkner, William

As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William

The Sound and the Fury

Fielding, Henry

Tom Jones

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby

Flaubert, Gustave

Madame Bovary

Ford, Ford Madox

The Good Soldier

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von

Faust

Golding, William

Lord of the Flies

Hardy, Thomas

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph

Catch 22

Hemingway, Ernest

A Farewell to Arms

Homer

The Iliad

Homer

The Odyssey

Hugo, Victor

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hurston, Zora Neale

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Huxley, Aldous

Brave New World

Ibsen, Henrik

A Doll's House

James, Henry

The Portrait of a Lady

James, Henry

The Turn of the Screw

Joyce, James

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Kafka, Franz

The Metamorphosis

Kingston, Maxine Hong

The Woman Warrior

Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lewis, Sinclair

Babbitt

London, Jack

The Call of the Wild

Mann, Thomas

The Magic Mountain

Marquez, Gabriel García

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Melville, Herman

Bartleby the Scrivener

Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

Miller, Arthur

The Crucible

Morrison, Toni

Beloved

O'Connor, Flannery

A Good Man is Hard to Find

O'Neill, Eugene

Long Day's Journey into Night

Orwell, George

Animal Farm

Pasternak, Boris

Doctor Zhivago

Plath, Sylvia

The Bell Jar

Poe, Edgar Allan

Selected Tales

Proust, Marcel

Swann's Way

Pynchon, Thomas

The Crying of Lot 49

Remarque, Erich Maria

All Quiet on the Western Front

Rostand, Edmond

Cyrano de Bergerac

Roth, Henry

Call It Sleep

Salinger, J.D.

The Catcher in the Rye

Shakespeare, William

Hamlet

Shakespeare, William

Macbeth

Shakespeare, William

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare, William

Romeo and Juliet

Shaw, George Bernard

Pygmalion

Shelley, Mary

Frankenstein

Silko, Leslie Marmon

Ceremony

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Sophocles

Antigone

Sophocles

Oedipus Rex

Steinbeck, John

The Grapes of Wrath

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Treasure Island

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Swift, Jonathan

Gulliver's Travels

Thackeray, William

Vanity Fair

Thoreau, Henry David

Walden

Tolstoy, Leo

War and Peace

Turgenev, Ivan

Fathers and Sons

Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Voltaire

Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt Jr.

Slaughterhouse-Five

Walker, Alice

The Color Purple

Wharton, Edith

The House of Mirth

Welty, Eudora

Collected Stories

Whitman, Walt

Leaves of Grass

Wilde, Oscar

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Williams, Tennessee

The Glass Menagerie

Woolf, Virginia

To the Lighthouse

Wright, Richard

Native Son