College Board Recommended Reading List for College-Bound Students

Author Title Read Date
1. Anonymous Beowulf  
2. Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart  
3. Agee, James A Death in the Family  
4. Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice  
5. Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain  
6. Beckett, Samuel t Waiting for Godo  
7. Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March  
8. Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre  
9. Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights  
10. Camus, Albert The Stranger  
11. Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop  
12. Cervantes, Miguel de Don Quixote  
13. Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales  
14. Chekhov, Anton The Cherry Orchard  
15. Chopin, Kate The Awakening  
16. Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness  
17. Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans  
18. Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage  
19. Dante Inferno  
20. Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe  
21. Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities  
22. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment  
23. Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass  
24. Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy  
25. Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers  
26. Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss  
27. Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man  
28. Emerson, Ralph Waldo Selected Essays  
29. Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying  
30. Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury  
31. Fielding, Henry Tom Jones  
32. Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby  
33. Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary  
34. Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier  
35. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust  
36. Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d’Urbervilles  
37. Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter  
38. Heller, Joseph Catch 22  
39. Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms  
40. Homer The Iliad  
41. Homer The Odyssey  
42. Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame  
43. Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God  
44. Huxley, Aldous Brave New World  
45. Ibsen, Henrik A Doll’s House  
46. James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady  
47. James, Henry The Turn of the Screw  
48. Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  
49. Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis  
50. Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior  
51. Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird  
52. Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt  
53. London, Jack The Call of the Wild  
54. Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain  
55. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia One Hundred Years of Solitude  
56. Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener  
57. Melville, Herman Moby Dick  
58. Miller, Arthur The Crucible  
59. Morrison, Toni Beloved  
60. O’Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find  
61. O’Neill, Eugene Long Day’s Journey into Night  
62. Orwell, George 1984  
63. Orwell, George Animal Farm  
64. Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago  
65. Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar  
66. Poe, Edgar Allen Selected Tales  
67. Proust, Marcel Swann’s Way  
68. Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49  
69. Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front  
70. Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac  
71. Roth, Henry Call It Sleep  
72. Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye  
73. Shakespeare, William Hamlet  
74. Shakespeare, William Julius Caesar  
75. Shakespeare, William Macbeth  
76. Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night’s Dream  
77. Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet  
78. Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion  
79. Shelley, Mary Frankenstein  
80. Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony  
81. Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  
82. Sophocles Antigone  
83. Sophocles Oedipus Rex  
84. Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath  
85. Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island  
86. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin  
87. Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels  
88. Thackeray, William Vanity Fair  
89. Thoreau, Henry David Walden  
90. Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace  
91. Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons  
92. Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  
93. Voltaire Candide  
94. Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five  
95. Walker, Alice The Color Purple  
96. Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth  
97. Welty, Eudora Collected Stories  
98. Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass  
99. Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray  
100. Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie  
101. Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse  
102. Wright, Richard Native Son