College Bound Reading List

This list was originally published on the College Board website. For some reason, we can no longer find it there, but it’s out there on a variety of blogs.

It’s such a treasure that we had to repost it. We recommend having your student keep a record of everything they read, and encouraging them to read at least one or two of these a month from 7th grade on.

101 Books For the College Bound Reader

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

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Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 1 to 30), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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