101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

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A list of 101 books recommended for college-bound readers as compiled by The College Board.

Things Fall ApartMiddle school book:
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Red Badge of CourageMiddle school book:
The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Lord of the FliesMiddle school book:
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Their Eyes Were Watching GodMiddle school book:
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Brave New WorldMiddle school book:
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12
Also: NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

To Kill a MockingbirdMiddle school book:
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Call Of The WildMiddle school book:
The Call Of The Wild
by Jack London
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 4th Grade Good Books
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

The CrucibleMiddle school book:
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Long Day’s Journey into NightMiddle school book:
Long Day’s Journey into Night
by Eugene O’Neill
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Animal FarmMiddle school book:
Animal Farm
by George Orwell
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12
Also: NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

Short Stories and Tales, CompleteMiddle school book:
Short Stories and Tales, Complete
by Edgar Allan Poe
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

All Quiet on the Western FrontMiddle school book:
All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Remarque
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Cyrano de BergeracMiddle school book:
Cyrano de Bergerac
by Edmond Rostand
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Treasure IslandMiddle school book:
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 3rd Grade Good Books
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

Gulliver’s TravelsMiddle school book:
Gulliver’s Travels
by Jonathan Swift
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMiddle school book:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Collected Short StoriesMiddle school book:
Collected Short Stories
by Eudora Welty
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Native SonMiddle school book:
Native Son
by Richard Wright
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

BeowulfHigh school book:
Beowulf
Anonymous
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

A Death in the FamilyHigh school book:
A Death in the Family
by James Agee
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Pride and PrejudiceHigh school book:
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Go Tell It on the MountainHigh school book:
Go Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Waiting for GodotHigh school book:
Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett

The Adventures of Augie MarchHigh school book:
The Adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow

Jane EyreHigh school book:
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Wuthering HeightsHigh school book:
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The StrangerHigh school book:
The Stranger
by Albert Camus
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Death Comes for the ArchbishopHigh school book:
Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather

The Canterbury TalesHigh school book:
The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Cherry OrchardHigh school book:
The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The AwakeningHigh school book:
The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

Heart of DarknessHigh school book:
Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad

The Last of the MohicansHigh school book:
The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

InfernoHigh school book:
Inferno
Dante

Robinson CrusoeHigh school book:
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
Also: Angelicum Academy 4th Grade Good Books
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

A Tale of Two CitiesHigh school book:
A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens

Don QuixoteHigh school book:
Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Crime and PunishmentHigh school book:
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassHigh school book:
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

An American TragedyHigh school book:
An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Mill on the FlossHigh school book:
The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot

Invisible ManHigh school book:
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Selected EssaysHigh school book:
Selected Essays
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I Lay DyingHigh school book:
As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

The Sound and the FuryHigh school book:
The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Tom JonesHigh school book:
Tom Jones
by Henry Fielding
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Great GatsbyHigh school book:
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Madame BovaryHigh school book:
Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Good SoldierHigh school book:
The Good Soldier
by Ford Madox Ford

FaustHigh school book:
Faust
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tess of the D’UrbervillesHigh school book:
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Scarlet LetterHigh school book:
The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Catch 22High school book:
Catch 22
by Joseph Heller

A Farewell to ArmsHigh school book:
A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

The IliadHigh school book:
The Iliad
by Homer
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The OdysseyHigh school book:
The Odyssey
by Homer
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Hunchback of Notre DameHigh school book:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
by Victor Hugo
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

A DollHigh school book:
A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Portrait of a LadyHigh school book:
The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James

The Turn of the ScrewHigh school book:
The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManHigh school book:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The MetamorphosisHigh school book:
The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka

The Woman WarriorHigh school book:
The Woman Warrior
by Maxine Hong Kingston

BabbittHigh school book:
Babbitt
by Sinclair Lewis
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Magic MountainHigh school book:
The Magic Mountain
by Thomas Mann
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

One Hundred Years of SolitudeHigh school book:
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Bartleby, the ScrivenerHigh school book:
Bartleby, the Scrivener
by Herman Melville

Moby DickHigh school book:
Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
Also: Former Sonlight Books

A Good Man is Hard to FindHigh school book:
A Good Man is Hard to Find
by Flannery O'Connor

Doctor ZhivagoHigh school book:
Doctor Zhivago
by Boris Pasternak
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Bell JarHigh school book:
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath

SwannHigh school book:
Swann's Way
by Marcel Proust

The Crying of Lot 49High school book:
The Crying of Lot 49
by Thomas Pynchon

Call It SleepHigh school book:
Call It Sleep
by Henry Roth

The Catcher in the RyeHigh school book:
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

HamletHigh school book:
Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

MacbethHigh school book:
Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer NightHigh school book:
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare

Romeo and JulietHigh school book:
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

PygmalionHigh school book:
Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

FrankensteinHigh school book:
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8
Also: NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

CeremonyHigh school book:
Ceremony
by Leslie Marmon Silko

One Day in the Life of Ivan DenisovichHigh school book:
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

AntigoneHigh school book:
Antigone
by Sophocles

Oedipus RexHigh school book:
Oedipus Rex
by Sophocles
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Grapes of WrathHigh school book:
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck

Uncle TomHigh school book:
Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Vanity FairHigh school book:
Vanity Fair
by William M. Thackeray
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

WaldenHigh school book:
Walden
by Henry David Thoreau
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

War and PeaceHigh school book:
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy

Fathers and SonsHigh school book:
Fathers and Sons
by Ivan Turgenev
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

CandideHigh school book:
Candide
by Voltaire
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

Slaughterhouse-FiveHigh school book:
Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Jr. Vonnegut

The Color PurpleHigh school book:
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

The House of MirthHigh school book:
The House of Mirth
by Edith Wharton

Leaves of GrassHigh school book:
Leaves of Grass
by Walt Whitman

The Picture of Dorian GrayHigh school book:
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

The Glass MenagerieHigh school book:
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

To the LighthouseHigh school book:
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
Also: Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

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