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It’s a good idea to encourage your child to make a reading list. Teachers, librarians and counselors are good sources for advice on books to include. You can help choose the best books for your child from among the many options. Here are some suggestions:

Author: Title

– –: 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: Wuthering Heights

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


Source: Collegeboard.com