101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

List from College Board.

I’ve read the books in bold, and I’ve noted when I first read it. I’ve tried to note when I’ve read a book on Rebecca Reads. Progress:  64/101

  • A Death in the Family by James Agee
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (high school) reread/thoughts here.
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor (college) reread/reviewed here
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • Antigone by Sophocles (high school)
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (college)
  • Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  • Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville (high school)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • Beowulf (adult) thoughts here
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (abandoned as adult; thoughts here)
  • Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
  • Candide by Voltaire (college)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (adult) reviewed here
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (adult) thoughts here (2 parts)
  • Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (college)
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (adult) reviewed here
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (adult) reviewed here
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare (college)
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (high school)
    reread/reviewed here
  • Inferno by Dante (adult) thoughts here
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (middle school) reread/reviewed here
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill (high school)
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (adult) reviewed here
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare (adult) reviewed here
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (adult) reviewed here
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville (college) reread/reviewed here
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass (adult) reviewed here
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (high school)
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (adult) reread/thoughts here
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (adult) reviewed here
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (high school)
  • Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Selected Tales by Edgar Allen Poe (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin (adult) reviewed here
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (adult) thoughts here
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (high school)
  • The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (adult) reviewed here
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (adult) reviewed here
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (adult) reviewed here
  • The Iliad by Homer (adult) reviewed here
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (adult) reviewed here
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (adult) thoughts here
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (adult) thoughts here
  • The Odyssey by Homer (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (adult) reread/thoughts here
  • The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (adult) reviewed here
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (adult) reviewed here
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (adult) reviewed here
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (college)
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (adult) reread/thoughts here
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (high school) reread as adult
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee (high school) reread/reviewed here
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (adult) thoughts here
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (adult) thoughts here
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray (adult) thoughts here
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau (high school) reread/thoughts here
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (adult) thoughts here
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (high school)

6 Responses

  1. Vasilly
    Vasilly April 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm | | Reply

    Luv your list! I have a similar one on my blog.

  2. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid April 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm | | Reply

    Vasilly, I’d love to take the credit, but really it was The College Board that created this particular list. I still can’t believe finishing all these books by the time I entered college!

  3. Christina
    Christina April 5, 2009 at 7:16 am | | Reply

    My English teacher gave us this list freshman year, and thought by now I would have read more of these books, but apparently not.

  4. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid April 6, 2009 at 7:43 am | | Reply

    Christina, I think it’s a great list, but I think expecting high school students to read them all before graduation is a bit much. I mean Proust?! I’m afraid of him still!

  5. Rose City Reader
    Rose City Reader April 6, 2009 at 6:50 pm | | Reply

    I added your link to my College Board post. Let me know if you update your progress.

    I just finished Crime and Punishment, so I can cross it off of this list and the Easton Press list.

  6. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid April 7, 2009 at 8:34 pm | | Reply

    Rose City Reader, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Crime and Punishment. It was one of my favorites (although I haven’t read it for at least 8 years…)

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