Classic Novels and Novellas

Watership Down Richard Adams

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

My Antonia Willa Cather

The Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

Middlemarch George Eliot

Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

In Our Time Ernest Hemingway

The Iliad Homer (If you have been assigned to read this book and can't quite get into it, try this translation by Stanley Lombardo.  Here's a review of it.)

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

The Sea is My Brother Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

Animal Farm George Orwell

1984 George Orwell

Anthem Ayn Rand

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

The Jewel in the Crown  Paul Scott (the first book in the Raj Quartet series)

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

East of Eden John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

Anna Kerenina Leo Tolstoy

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

Contemporary Novels

The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

City of Thieves David Benioff

Democracy Joan Didion

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Michael Dorris

Catch 22 Joseph Heller

Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston

Middle Passage Charles Johnson

The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

Wicked Gregory Maguire

Life of Pi Yann Martel

Beatrice and Virgil Yann Martel

Beloved Toni Morrison

Going After Cacciato Tim O’Brien

The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx

The Bull from the Sea Mary Renault

To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis

Non Fiction

A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive Brian Christian

Slouching Toward Bethlehem Joan Didion (essays and observations)

Blink Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw Malcolm Gladwell

Into Thin Air  John Krakauer

Blackberry Winter Margaret Mead

"Shooting an Elephant" George Orwell (essay)

Alex & Me Irene Pepperberg (Read a review!)

My Stroke of Insight Jill Bolte Taylor

The Art of Possibility Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander


A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry

The Crucible Arthur Miller

Phaedra Jean Racine

Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand

Oedipus the KingOedipus at Colonus, & Antigone Sophocles

The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams

Short Stories

"The Yellow Wallpaper" Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson

"Homeland" and Other Stories Barbara Kingsolver

"The Death of Ivan Ilych" Leo Tolstoy

Welcome to the Monkey House Kurt Vonnegut (a collection of short stories)