Arrowhead Library System: College Bound Reading List

I found this list a while back and decided that I should read all of the books on the list simply because I had read so few of them. If you’ve read any of these that I haven’t and think I should make them a priority, or if you love any of these books in particular, please let me know!

I’ve bolded the titles that I’ve read and italicized the ones I’ve purchased but have yet to read.

American Literature

Agee, James – A Death in the Family
Anderson, Sherwood – Winesburg, Ohio
Baldwin, James – Go Tell It On the Mountain
Bellamy, Edward – Looking Backward: 2000-1887
Bellow, Saul – Seize the Day
Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451
Cather, Willa – My Antonia
Chopin, Kate – The Awakening
Clark, Walter Van Tilburg – The Ox-Bow Incident
Cormier, Robert – The Chocolate War
Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage
Dorris, Michael – A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man
Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying
Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
Gaines, Ernest – The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Kesey, Ken – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair – Main Street
London, Jack – Call of the Wild
McCullers, Carson – The Member of the Wedding
Melville, Herman – Moby-Dick
Morrison, Toni – Sula
O’Connor, Flannery – A Good Man is Hard to Find
Parks, Gordon – The Learning Tree
Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan – Great Tales and Poems
Potok, Chaim – The Chosen
Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye
Sinclair, Upton – The Jungle
Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath
Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Tan, Amy – The Joy Luck Club
Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Vonnegut, Kurt – Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice – The Color Purple
Welty, Eudora – Thirteen Stories
Wolfe, Thomas – Look Homeward, Angel
Wright, Richard – Native Son

World Literature

Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
Allende, Isabel – House of the Spirits
Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice
Balzac, Honore de – Pere Goriot
Borges, Jorge Luis – Labyrinths
Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert – The Stranger
Carroll, Lewis – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Cervantes, Miguel de – Don Quixote
Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
Defoe, Daniel – Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
Eliot, George – The Mill on the Floss
Esquivel, Laura – Like Water for Chocolate
Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
Forster, E.M. – A Passage to India
Fuentes, Carlos – The Death of Artemio Cruz
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gogol, Nikolai – The Overcoat
Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
Grass, Gunter – The Tin Drum
Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Hesse, Hermann – Siddhartha
Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz – The Trial
Lawrence, D.H. – Sons and Lovers
Mann, Thomas – Death in Venice
Orwell, George – Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris – Doctor Zhivago
Paton, Alan – Cry, the Beloved Country
Remarque, Erich Maria – All Quiet on the Western Front
Scott, Sir Walter – Ivanhoe
Shelley, Mary W. – Frankenstein
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels
Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
Weisel, Elie – Night
Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine


Angelou, Maya – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Ashe, Arthur and Arnold Rampersad – Days of Grace
Baker, Russell – Growing Up
Berenbaum, Michael – The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Brown, Dee – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Cooke, Alistair – Alistair Cooke’s America
Criddle, Jan. D. and Teeda Butt Mam – To Destroy You Is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family
Crow Dog, Mary and Richard Erdoes – Lakota Woman
Curie, Eve – Madame Curie
Delany, Sara and A. Elizabeth with Amy Hill Hearth – Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
Epstein, Norrie – Friendly Shakespeare: A Thoroughly Painless Guide to the Best of the Bard.
Frank, Anne – The Diary of a Young Girl
Franklin, Benjamin – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Haley, Alex – Roots
Hamilton, Alexander; Madison, James; Jay, John – The Federalist Papers
Hersey, John – Hiroshima
Karlsen, Carol – The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England
Keller, Helen – The Story of My Life
Kennedy, John F. – Profiles in Courage
King, Martin Luther, Jr. – A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kovic, Ron – Born on the Fourth of July
Machiavelli, Niccolo – The Prince
Malcom X, with Alex Haley – The Autobiography of Malcom X
Marx, Karl – The Communist Manifesto
Mathabane, Mark – Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Maybury-Lewis, David – Millenium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
McPherson, James – Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
Mills, Kay – This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
Plato – The Republic
Rogosin, Donn – Invisible Men: Life in Baseball’s Negro Leagues
Thoreau, Henry David – Walden
Tocqueville, Alexis de – Democracy in America
Tuchman, Barbara – A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
Williams, Juan – Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-65
Yolen, Jane – Favorite Folktales From Around the World


Attenborough, David – The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth
Bronowski, Jacob – The Ascent of Man
Carson, Rachel – Silent Spring
Darwin, Charles – The Origin of Species
Hawking, Stephen – A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Leopold, Aldo – A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There

Social Science

Campbell, Joseph – The Power of Myth
Hamilton, Edith – Mythology
Kotlowitz, Alex – There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in Urban America
Kozol, Jonathan – Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools
Terkel, Studs – Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession


Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot
Brecht, Bertolt – Mother Courage and Her Children
Chekhov, Anton – The Cherry Orchard
Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House
Marlowe, Christopher – Doctor Faustus
Miller, Arthur – Death of a Salesman
O’Neill, Eugene – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Sarte, Jean Paul – No Exit
Shakespeare, William – Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, others.
Shaw, Bernard – Man and Superman, Saint Joan, Pygmalion, others.
Sophocles – Oedipus Rex
Wilde, Oscar – The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilder, Thornton – Our Town
Williams, Tennessee – A Streetcar Named Desire
Wilson, August – The Piano Lesson


Angelou, Maya – And Still I Rise
Brooks, Gwendolyn – Selected Poems
Cummings, E.E. – Complete Poems, 1904-1962
Dickinson, Emily – The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Donne, John – The Complete Poetry of John Donne
Eliot, T.S. – The Waste Land
Frost, Robert – The Poetry of Robert Frost
Ginsberg, Allen – Howl and Other Poems
Giovanni, Nikki – My House
Hughes, Langston – Selected Poems
Keats, John – Complete Poems
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth – The Poetical Works of Longfellow
Sandburg, Carl – Complete Poems
Thomas, Dylan – Poems of Dylan Thomas
Williams, William Carlos – Selected Poems
Wordsworth, William – Poems
Yeats, William Butler – The Poems


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