Suggested Reading List


Based on CTY Reading List with additions

Author Title
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
Julia Alvarez How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Sherwood Anderson Winesburg, Ohio
Jane Austen Complete works (e.g. Pride and Prejudice)
Avi Blue Heron
Marion Zimmer Bradley The Mists of Avalon
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
Bruce Brooks Midnight Hour Encores
Willa Cather Complete Works
Cervantes Don Quixote
Tracy Chevalier The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Kate Chopin The Awakening
Arthur C. Clarke The 2001 Series
Breena Clarke River, Cross My Heart
Brock Cole Celine
Courtenay Bryce The Power of One
Stephen Crane The Red Badge of Courage/Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
Charles Dickens David Copperfield/Oliver Twist/other works
Peter Dickinson Eva
Sharon Draper Forged by Fire
George Eliot Silas Marner
Ralph Ellison The Invisible Man
Laura Esquivel Like Water for Chocolate
E.M. Forster Passage to India/A Room With a View
Neil Gaiman Stardust
Pete Hamill Snow in August
Thomas Hardy Return of the Native/Tess of the d’Urbrevilles
Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms/The Old Man and the Sea
John Richard Hersey The Child Buyer
Kimberly Willis Holt When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
H.M. Hoover Treasures of the Morrow
Henry James Portrait of a Lady
Angela Johnson Heaven
M.E. Kerr Is that You, Miss Blue?
M.E. Kerr Night Kites
Rudyard Kipling Kim/Captains Courageous
John Knowles A Separate Peace
Ursula LeGuin The Earthsea Trilogy
Sonia Levitin The Mark of Conte
Margaret Mahy The Catalogue of the Universe
Margaret Mahy The Tricksters
Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest
Victor Martinez Parrot in the Oven
Sharon Bell Mathis Teacup Full of Roses
Walter Dean Myers Hoops
Han Nolan Dancing on the Edge
Zibby O’Neal The Language of Goldfish
Zibby O’Neal In Summer Light
Alan Paton Cry, the Beloved Country
Richard Peck Remembering the Good Times
K.M. Peyton Pennington’s Last Term
K.M. Peyton The Beethoven Medal
K.M. Peyton Prove Yourself a Hero
Edgar Allan Poe The Gold Bug/Narrative of A.Gordon Pym
Mark Salzman Iron & Silk
Allen Say The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice
Dorothy L. Sayers any work (mysteries, but real novels in themselves)
Michael Sharra The Killer Angels
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Robert Louis Stevenson Kidnapped/Treasure Island
Bruce Stone Been Clever, Forever
Marc Talbert Dead Birds Singing
Julian F. Thompson Simon Pure
Stephanie Tolan Good Courage
Stephanie Tolan Plague Year
J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings series
Leo Tolstoy Anna Kerenina
Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn/ Tom Sawyer/
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Hermann Vinke The Short Life of Sophie Scholl
H.G. Wells The War of the Words/The Time Machine
Edith Warton Ethan Frome
Kate Wilhelm Huysman’s Pets
T.H. White The Once and Future King
Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog
V. Wolff The Mozart Season

Biography and Non-Fiction

Caroline Alexander The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antartic Expedition
Russell Baker Growing Up
John Boslough Sephen Hawking’s Universe
Humphrey Carpenter Tolkien: A Biography
Mary Catherine Bateson With a Daughter’s Eye
Jill Ker Conway The Road from Coorain
Eve Curie Madame Curie
Annie Dillard An American Childhood
Mary Crow Dog and Richard E Lakota Woman
Rigoberta Menchu I, Rigoberta: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
James Albert Michener The World is My Home: A Memoir
Merle Miller Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman
Sara Suleri Meatless Days
Tobias Wolff This Boy’s Life: A Memoir


Karel Capek R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)
Arthur Miller The Crucible
Moliere complete works (e.g. Tartuffe/Misanthrope)
Jean-Paul Sartre No Exit
George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion
Richard Sheridan The Rivals/School For Scandal
Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie

Short Stories

Martha Brooks Paradise Cafe
Isak Dinesen Seven Gothic Tales and other stories
Rudyard Kipling Plain Tales from the Hills
Isaac Bashevis Singer A Crown of Feathers and other stories
Robert Silverberg Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy
Gary Soto Living Up the Street
Dylan Thomas A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Eudora Welty Short stories
Budge Wilson The Leaving

Humor and Essay

Robert Benchley any work
Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals/Birds, Beasts and Relatives/Fauna and Family
Stephen Leacock any work
James Thurber The Thurber Carnival/My World and Welcome to It
P.G. Wodehouse any work


The Norton Anthology of Poetry
The Oxford Anthology of American Poetry
Oxford Anthology of British Poetry
20th Cent poets grouped roughly by period:
W.H.Auden, Hart Crane, E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot,
Robert Frost, Langston Hughs, Marianne Moore, Wallace
Stevens, Dylan Thomas, William Carlos Williams,
W.B. Yeats
Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Bogan, Robert Lowell, Randall
Jarrell, Theodore Roethke.
Marvin Bell, Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Louise Gluck,
Robert Hayden, Weldon Kees, Galway Kinnell, Denise
Levertov, W.S. Merwin, Frank O’Hara, Marge Piercy,
Sylvia Plath, Donald Justice, Adrienne Rich, Muriel
Rukeyser, Mark Strand, Nancy Willard, James Wright.

Science and Mathematics

David Attenborough The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth
David Bodanis The Secret Family: Twenty-Four Hours Inside the Mysterious World of our Minds and Bodies
James Gleick Chaos
Stephen Jay Gould The Panda’s Thumb/Bully for Brontosaurus
Allen Hammond A Passion to Know: Twenty Profiles in Science
Godfrey H. Hardy Mathematician’s Apology
Steven Hawking A Brief History of Time
Douglas R. Hofstadter Godel, Echer, Bach: and Eternal Golden Braid
Bernard Jaffe Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry
Peter Medawar Plato’s Republic: Incorporating: The Art of the Soluble and Induction and Intuition in Scientific Thought
Gyorgy Polya How To Solve It
Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in The Dark
C. Stoll The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
Lewis Thomas The Fragile Species/The Lives of a Cell
Alvin Toffler The Third Wave
James D. Watson The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of DNA


Concord Review (History)
Discover Magazine
Scientific American