College Board Recommended Reading List for College-Bound Students

AuthorTitleRead Date
1. AnonymousBeowulf 
2. Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall Apart 
3. Agee, JamesA Death in the Family 
4. Austen, JanePride and Prejudice 
5. Baldwin, JamesGo Tell It on the Mountain 
6. Beckett, Samuel tWaiting for Godo 
7. Bellow, SaulThe Adventures of Augie March 
8. Bronte, CharlotteJane Eyre 
9. Bronte, EmilyWuthering Heights 
10. Camus, AlbertThe Stranger 
11. Cather, WillaDeath Comes for the Archbishop 
12. Cervantes, Miguel deDon Quixote 
13. Chaucer, GeoffreyThe Canterbury Tales 
14. Chekhov, AntonThe Cherry Orchard 
15. Chopin, KateThe Awakening 
16. Conrad, JosephHeart of Darkness 
17. Cooper, James FenimoreThe Last of the Mohicans 
18. Crane, StephenThe Red Badge of Courage 
19. DanteInferno 
20. Defoe, DanielRobinson Crusoe 
21. Dickens, CharlesA Tale of Two Cities 
22. Dostoyevsky, FyodorCrime and Punishment 
23. Douglass, FrederickNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 
24. Dreiser, TheodoreAn American Tragedy 
25. Dumas, AlexandreThe Three Musketeers 
26. Eliot, GeorgeThe Mill on the Floss 
27. Ellison, RalphInvisible Man 
28. Emerson, Ralph WaldoSelected Essays 
29. Faulkner, WilliamAs I Lay Dying 
30. Faulkner, WilliamThe Sound and the Fury 
31. Fielding, HenryTom Jones 
32. Fitzgerald, F. ScottThe Great Gatsby 
33. Flaubert, GustaveMadame Bovary 
34. Ford, Ford MadoxThe Good Soldier 
35. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonFaust 
36. Hardy, ThomasTess of the d’Urbervilles 
37. Hawthorne, NathanielThe Scarlet Letter 
38. Heller, JosephCatch 22 
39. Hemingway, ErnestA Farewell to Arms 
40. HomerThe Iliad 
41. HomerThe Odyssey 
42. Hugo, VictorThe Hunchback of Notre Dame 
43. Hurston, Zora NealeTheir Eyes Were Watching God 
44. Huxley, AldousBrave New World 
45. Ibsen, HenrikA Doll’s House 
46. James, HenryThe Portrait of a Lady 
47. James, HenryThe Turn of the Screw 
48. Joyce, JamesA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 
49. Kafka, FranzThe Metamorphosis 
50. Kingston, Maxine HongThe Woman Warrior 
51. Lee, HarperTo Kill a Mockingbird 
52. Lewis, SinclairBabbitt 
53. London, JackThe Call of the Wild 
54. Mann, ThomasThe Magic Mountain 
55. Marquez, Gabriel GarciaOne Hundred Years of Solitude 
56. Melville, HermanBartleby the Scrivener 
57. Melville, HermanMoby Dick 
58. Miller, ArthurThe Crucible 
59. Morrison, ToniBeloved 
60. O’Connor, FlanneryA Good Man is Hard to Find 
61. O’Neill, EugeneLong Day’s Journey into Night 
62. Orwell, George1984 
63. Orwell, GeorgeAnimal Farm 
64. Pasternak, BorisDoctor Zhivago 
65. Plath, SylviaThe Bell Jar 
66. Poe, Edgar AllenSelected Tales 
67. Proust, MarcelSwann’s Way 
68. Pynchon, ThomasThe Crying of Lot 49 
69. Remarque, Erich MariaAll Quiet on the Western Front 
70. Rostand, EdmondCyrano de Bergerac 
71. Roth, HenryCall It Sleep 
72. Salinger, J.D.The Catcher in the Rye 
73. Shakespeare, WilliamHamlet 
74. Shakespeare, WilliamJulius Caesar 
75. Shakespeare, WilliamMacbeth 
76. Shakespeare, WilliamA Midsummer Night’s Dream 
77. Shakespeare, WilliamRomeo and Juliet 
78. Shaw, George BernardPygmalion 
79. Shelley, MaryFrankenstein 
80. Silko, Leslie MarmonCeremony 
81. Solzhenitsyn, AlexanderOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 
82. SophoclesAntigone 
83. SophoclesOedipus Rex 
84. Steinbeck, JohnThe Grapes of Wrath 
85. Stevenson, Robert LouisTreasure Island 
86. Stowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom’s Cabin 
87. Swift, JonathanGulliver’s Travels 
88. Thackeray, WilliamVanity Fair 
89. Thoreau, Henry DavidWalden 
90. Tolstoy, LeoWar and Peace 
91. Turgenev, IvanFathers and Sons 
92. Twain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
93. VoltaireCandide 
94. Vonnegut, Kurt Jr.Slaughterhouse-Five 
95. Walker, AliceThe Color Purple 
96. Wharton, EdithThe House of Mirth 
97. Welty, EudoraCollected Stories 
98. Whitman, WaltLeaves of Grass 
99. Wilde, OscarThe Picture of Dorian Gray 
100. Williams, TennesseeThe Glass Menagerie 
101. Woolf, VirginiaTo the Lighthouse 
102. Wright, RichardNative Son