100 Great Books

Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

Author Title Lexile
Beowulf n/a
Gilgamesh n/a
The Old Testament
Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart 890
Agee, James A Death in the Family 1020
Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales 1060
Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 1260
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice 1190
Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain 1030
Brontë, Charlotte Jane Eyre 890
Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights 880
Camus, Albert The Stranger 880
Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop 1150
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales n/a
Chopin, Kate The Awakening 960
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans 1350
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage 900
Dante Inferno n/a
de Cervantes, Miguel Don Quixote 1500
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe 1070
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities 1130
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment 990
Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 1080
Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy 1240
DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk 1280
Dumas, Alexander The Count of Monte Cristo 1100
Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers 960
Dumas, Firoozeh Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America 1050
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man 950
Selected Essays n/a
Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying 870
Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury 870
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones 1360
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby 1070
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary 1030
Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier 1040
Franklin, Benjamin Autobiography 1370
Golding, William Lord of the Flies 770
Hamilton, Edith Mythology 1040
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d’Urbervilles 1160
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter 1340
Heller, Joseph Catch 22 1140
Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms 730
Homer The Iliad n/a
Homer The Odyssey n/a
Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1340
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God 1080
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World 870
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll’s House n/a
James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady 1020
Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1120
Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis 1320
Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage 1410
King, Martin Luther, Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. n/a
Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior 880
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird 870
Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt 1110
London, Jack The Call of the Wild 1120
Machiavelli, Niccolò The Prince 1350
Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain 1350
The Communist Manifesto 1360
McBride, James The Color of Water 980
Melville, Herman Moby Dick 1200
Miller, Arthur The Crucible n/a
Morrison, Toni Beloved 870
O’Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find n/a
O’Neill, Eugene Long Day’s Journey into Night n/a
Orwell, George Animal Farm 1170
Paine, Thomas Common Sense 1330
Plato The Republic 1120
Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales n/a
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49 1060
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front 830
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac n/a
Roth, Henry Call It Sleep n/a
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye 790
Shakespeare, William Hamlet n/a
Shakespeare, William Macbeth n/a
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night’s Dream n/a
Shakespeare, William Much to do about Nothing n/a
Shakespeare, William Othello n/a
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet n/a
Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion n/a
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein 1170
Sophocles Antigone n/a
Sophocles Oedipus Rex n/a
Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath 680
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island 1070
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1050
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels 1040
Tocqueville, Alexis de Democracy in America 1310
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 990
Walker, Alice The Color Purple 670
Walls, Jeanette The Glass Castle 980
Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth 1230
Wiesel, Elie Night 1090
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray 920
Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie 1070
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse 1030
Wright, Richard Native Son 700
X, Malcolm with Haley, Alex The Autobiography of Malcolm X 1120