101 Books For College-Bound Kids

The College Board recommends these books before college


  1. Beowulf
  2. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe by Chinua Achebe
  3. A Death in the Family by James Agee by James Agee
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen by Jane Austen
  5. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin by James Baldwin
  6. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett
  7. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow by Saul Bellow
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte by Emily Bronte
  10. The Stranger by Albert Camus by Albert Camus
  11. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather by Willa Cather
  12. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer by Geoffrey Chaucer
  13. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  14. The Awakening by Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin
  15. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad by Joseph Conrad
  16. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane by Stephen Crane
  18. Inferno by Dante by Dante
  19. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes
  20. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe by Daniel Defoe
  21. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens by Charles Dickens
  22. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  23. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  24. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser by Theodore Dreiser
  25. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas by Alexandre Dumas
  26. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot by George Eliot
  27. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison by Ralph Ellison
  28. Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  29. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner by William Faulkner
  30. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner by William Faulkner
  31. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding by Henry Fielding
  32. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  33. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert by Gustave Flaubert
  34. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford by Ford Madox Ford
  35. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  36. Lord of the Flies by William Golding by William Golding
  37. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy by Thomas Hardy
  38. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  39. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller by Joseph Heller
  40. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway
  41. The Iliad by Homer by Homer
  42. The Odyssey by Homer by Homer
  43. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo by Victor Hugo
  44. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston by Zora Neale Hurston
  45. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley by Aldous Huxley
  46. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen
  47. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James by Henry James
  48. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James by Henry James
  49. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce by James Joyce
  50. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka
  51. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston by Maxine Hong Kingston
  52. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Harper Lee
  53. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis by Sinclair Lewis
  54. The Call of the Wild by Jack London by Jack London
  55. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann by Thomas Mann
  56. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  57. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville by Herman Melville
  58. Moby Dick by Herman Melville by Herman Melville
  59. The Crucible by Arthur Miller by Arthur Miller
  60. Beloved by Toni Morrison by Toni Morrison
  61. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor by Flannery O’Connor
  62. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill by Eugene O’Neill
  63. Animal Farm by George Orwell by George Orwell
  64. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak by Boris Pasternak
  65. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  66. Selected Tales by Edgar Allen Poe by Edgar Allen Poe
  67. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust by Marcel Proust
  68. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon by Thomas Pynchon
  69. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque by Erich Maria Remarque
  70. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand by Edmond Rostand
  71. Call it Sleep by Henry Roth by Henry Roth
  72. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger by J.D. Salinger
  73. Hamlet by William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
  74. Macbeth by William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
  75. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
  76. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
  77. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw by George Bernard Shaw
  78. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley by Mary Shelley
  79. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko by Leslie Marmon Silko
  80. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  81. Antigone by Sophocles by Sophocles
  82. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles by Sophocles
  83. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck by John Steinbeck
  84. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson
  85. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  86. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift by Jonathan Swift
  87. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray by William Thackeray
  88. Walden by Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau
  89. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy
  90. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev by Ivan Turgenev
  91. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain by Mark Twain
  92. Candide by Voltaire by Voltaire
  93. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut by Kurt Vonnegut
  94. The Color Purple by Alice Walker by Alice Walker
  95. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
  96. Collected Stories by Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  97. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman by Walt Whitman
  98. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
  99. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams by Tennessee Williams
  100. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf
  101. Native Son by Richard Wright by Richard Wright

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