The 100 Essential Books You Should Have Read in English Literature Class


The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community. Listopia is a special area of Goodreads, which allows people people to create lists which are, by default, polls — as anyone can vote on any list and can add books to any list.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee (79,935)


2. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald (48,023)


3. 1984 George Orwell (46,704)


4. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen (40,308)


5. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger (30,329)


6. Hamlet William Shakespeare (29,660)


7. Animal Farm George Orwell (28,287)


8. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury (27,159)


9. The Book Thief Markus Zusak (22,685)


10. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë (22,430)


11. Lord of the Flies William Golding (21,611)


12. The Giver (The Giver, #1) Lois Lowry (21,504)


13. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck (19,183)


14. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde (17,112)


15. Brave New World Aldous Huxley (16,368)


16. Macbeth William Shakespeare (15,701)


17. Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (15,676)


18. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien (15,675)


19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain (15,265)


20. Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare (14,675)


21. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood (13,803)


22. Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (13,580)


23. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini (11,447)


24. Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë (11,339)


25. The Outsiders S.E. Hinton (11,171)


26. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens (10,740)


27. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck (10,388)


28. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) J.K. Rowling (9,773)


29. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov (9,061)


30. The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway (8,447)


31. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky (7,878)

32. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne (7,846)


33. Great Expectations Charles Dickens (7,834)


34. The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath (7,759)


35. Dracula Bram Stoker (7,720)


36. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll (7,409)


37. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Suzanne Collins (7,039)


38. The Help Kathryn Stockett (6,847)


39. East of Eden John Steinbeck (6,650)


40. A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare (6,565)


41. Life of Pi Yann Martel (6,464)


42. Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1) Joseph Heller (6,368)


43. The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer (6,346)


44. Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes (6,234)


45. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith (6,106)


46. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey (5,917)

47. The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1–3) J.R.R. Tolkien (5,596)


48. The Crucible Arthur Miller (5,508)


49. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1–7) C.S. Lewis (5,488)


50. A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess (5,283)


51. Beloved Toni Morrison (5,240)


52. Invisible Man Ralph Ellison (5,140)


53. Paradise Lost John Milton (5,123)


54. The Color Purple Alice Walker (5,055)


55. King Lear William Shakespeare (4,754)


56. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell (4,618)


57. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad (4,595)


58. The Fault in Our Stars John Green (4,447)


59. Othello William Shakespeare (4,081)


60. The Princess Bride William Goldman (4,078)


61. Atonement Ian McEwan (3,929)

62. Emma Jane Austen (3,861)


63. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier (3,853)


64. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1) Art Spiegelman (3,786)


65. On the Road Jack Kerouac (3,775)


66. The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner (3,775)


67. The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway (3,724)


68. Moby-Dick or, The Whale Herman Melville (3,477)


69. The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd (3,464)


70. Beowulf Unknown (3,430)


71. The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde (3,402)


72. Little Women (Little Women, #1) Louisa May Alcott (3,369)


73. As I Lay Dying William Faulkner (3,331)


74. The Raven Edgar Allan Poe (3,178)


75. Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro (3,036)


76. Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden (3,014)


77. The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank (2,925)


78. Julius Caesar William Shakespeare (2,904)


79. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain (2,874)


80. A Separate Peace John Knowles (2,866)


81. The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster (2,758)


82. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers (2,727)


83. David Copperfield Charles Dickens (2,726)


84. Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston (2,642)


85. The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold (2,520)


86. Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf (2,447)


87. The Complete Sherlock Holmes 1 Arthur Conan Doyle (2,374)


88. My Ántonia (Great Plains Trilogy, #3) Willa Cather (2,373)


89. Dubliners James Joyce (2,367)


90. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) Douglas Adams(2,340)


91. The Fountainhead Ayn Rand (2,280)


92. Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (2,196)


93. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer (2,191)


94. A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway (2,185)


95. The Complete Stories Flannery O’Connor (2,110)


96. Ulysses James Joyce (2,084)


97. The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury (2,042)


98. A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams (2,012)


99. Bleak House Charles Dickens (2,011)


100. Middlemarch George Eliot (1,891)


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