Master Reading List


Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -
Douglas Adams
Watership Down - Richard Adams
A Death in the Family - James Agee
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
Money - Martin Amis
Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
And I Still Rise - Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Kane And Abel - Jeffrey Archer
Sohrab and Rustum - Matthew Arnold
Days of Grace - Arthur Ashe and Arnold Ramperstad
Foundation -
Isaac Asimov
The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth - David Attenborough
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Clan Of The Cave Bear - Jean M Auel
Confessions -
St Augustine
Emma - Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice -
Jane Austen

Illusions - Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull -
Richard Bach
Growing Up - Russell Baker
Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin
Pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac
The Sot-Weed Factor - John Barth
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
Zuleika Dobson - Max Beerbohm
Looking Backward: 2000-1887 - Edward Bellamy
Herzog - Saul Bellow
Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow
Seize The Day - Saul Bellow
The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow
The Old Wives’ Tale - Arnold Bennett
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
Lorna Doone - R. D. Blackmore
Noughts And Crosses - Malorie Blackman
Songs of Innocence and Experience -
William Blake
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton
Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges
The Life of Dr Johnson -
The Death of the Heart - Elizabeth Bowen
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles
Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
Mother Courage and Her Children - Bertolt Brecht
The Ascent of Man - Jacob Bronowski
Jane Eyre -
Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Selected Poems - Gwendolyn Brooks
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown
Babar -
Jean de Brunhoff
Pilgrim’s Progress - John Bunyan
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Tarzan Series - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
The Way of the Flesh - Samuel Butler
Possession - A.S. Byatt


The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M. Cain
Tobacco Road - Erskine Caldwell
The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell
The Stranger - Albert Camus
Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John le Carre
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy -
John le Carré
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
My Antonia - Willa Cather
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Canterbury Tales - Chaucer
The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekhov
Falconer - John Cheever
The Wapshop Chronicles - John Cheever
The Father Brown stories - G. K. Chesterton
The Awakening - Kate Chopin
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples -
Winston Churchill
Murder on the Orient Express -
Agatha Christie
The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
Diaries -
Alan Clark
The Ox-Bow Incident - Walter Van Tilburg Clark
2001: A Space Odyssey -
Arthur C. Clarke
On War -
Carl von Clausewitz
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
The Woman in White -
Wilkie Collins
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
Nostromo - Joseph Conrad
The Secret Garden - Joseph Conrad
Alistair Cooke's America – Alistair Cooke
The Leatherstocking Tales - James Fennimore Cooper
The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
To Destroy You Is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family - Jan D. Criddle and Teeda Butt Mam
Lakota Woman - Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes
Madame Curie - Eve Curie
Complete Poems 1904 - 1962 E.E. Cummings


Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Matilda - Roald Dahl
The BFG - Roald Dahl
The Twits - Roald Dahl
Divine Comedy -
On the Origin of Species -
Charles Darwin
The Cunning Man - Robertson Davies
Fifth Business - Robertson Davies
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years - Sara Delany and A. Elizabeth with Amy Hill Hearth
White Noise - Don DeLillo
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -
Philip K. Dick
Ubik - Philip K. Dick
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Deliverance - James Dickey
L'Encyclopédie -
Diderot, et al
Play It As It Lays Joan Didion
Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
The Ginger Man - J.P. Donleavy
The Complete Poetry oh - John Donne John Donne
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water - Michael Dorris
Crime And Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Sherlock Holmes Stories - A. Conan Doyle
An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
Sister Carrie - Theodore Dreiser
The Count Of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
The Alexandria Quartet - Lawrence Durell


The Worm Ouroboros - E.R. Eddison
The Waste Land -
T. S. Eliot
Middlemarch -
George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Friendly Shakespeare: A Thoroughly Painless Guide to the Best of the Bard - Norrie Epstein
Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquiviel


The Black Stallion series - Walter Farley
The Studs Lonigan Trilogy - James T. Farrell
Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Light in August - William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Magician - Raymond E Feist
A People's Tragedy -
Orlando Figes
Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary -
Gustave Flaubert
The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
Parade’s End - Ford Madox Ford
The Sportswriter - Richard Ford
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
Howard’s End - E.M. Forster
The Hornblower series - C. S. Forester
The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles
The Magus - John Fowles
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
On the Interpretation of Dreams -
Sigmund Freud
The Poetry of Robert Frost - Robert Frost
The Death of Artemio Cruz - Carlos Fuentes


The Recognitions - William Gaddis
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman - Ernest Gaines
A Life of Charlotte Brontë -
Elizabeth Gaskell
North & South - Elizabeth Gaskell
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire -
Edward Gibbon
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Howl and Other Poems - Allen Ginsberg
My House - Nikki Giovanni
The Tipping Point -
Malcolm Gladwell
The Overcoat - Nikolai Gogol
Memoirs Of A Geisha - Arthur Golden
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Wind in the Willows -
Kenneth Grahame
The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
I, Claudius - Robert Graves
Goodbye to All That -
Robert Graves
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene
Loving - Henry Green


King Solomon’s Mines - H. Ryder Haggard
She - H. Ryder Haggard
Roots - Alex Hailey
Mythology - Edith Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures - Laurell K. Hamilton
Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon -
Dashiell Hammett
Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles -
Thomas Hardy
Red Dragon -
Thomas Harris
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes - Stephen Hawking
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Double Star - Robert Heinlein
Citizen of the Galaxy - Robert Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
The Door Into Summer - Robert Heinlein
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
The Puppet Masters - Robert Heinlein
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls -
Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Histories -
Hiroshima - John Hersey
Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
Kon Tiki and The Ra Expedition - Thor Heyerdahl
The Talented Mr Ripley -
Patricia Highsmith
Leviathan -
Thomas Hobbes
Mythago Wood - Robert Holdstock
The Iliad and The Odyssey -
Battlefield Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
Fear - L. Ron Hubbard
Mission Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
A High Wind in Jamaica - Richard Hughes
Collected Poems -
Ted Hughes
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Brave New World -
Aldous Huxley
Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley


A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The World According to Garp - John Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
The Berlin Stories - Christopher Isherwood
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro


The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Portrait of a Lady -
Henry James
The Wings of the Dove - Henry James
The Ambassadors - Henry James
The Golden Bowl - Henry James
From Here to Eternity - James Jones
Finnegan’s Wake - James Joyce
Ulysses -
James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce


The Trial - Franz Kafka
The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England - Carol Karlsen
Odes -
John Keats
Complete Poems - John Keats
The Story of My Life - Helen Keller
Profiles in Courage - John F. Kennedy
Ironweed - William Kennedy
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Sometimes a Great Notion - Ken Kesey
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
It - Stephen King
The Stand - Stephen King
Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
The Painted Bird - Jerzy Kosinski
Born on the Fourth of July - Ron Kovic


Les Liaisons Dangereuses -
Choderlos de Laclos
Selected Poems - Langston Hughes
Seven Pillars of Wisdom -
T. E. Lawrence
Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence
The Rainbow - D.H. Lawrence
Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Killshot -
Elmore Leonard
A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There - Aldo Leopold
The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
The Space Trilogy - C. S. Lewis
Arrowsmith - Sinclair Lewis
Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
If This is a Man -
Primo Levi
Greenmantle - Charles de Lint
Memory and Dream - Charles de Lint
Moonheart - Charles de Lint
Mulengro - Charles de Lint
Someplace to be Flying - Charles de Lint
The Little Country - Charles de Lint
Trader - Charles de Lint
Yarrow - Charles de Lint
The Poetical Works of Longfellow - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
Short stories - Jack London
At the Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry


Any fantasy collection - George MacDonald
At the Back of the North Wind - George MacDonald
The Prince -
Niccolo Machiavelli
Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian
The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer
The Autobiography of Malcom X - Malcolm X with Alex Hailey
The Assistant - Bernard Malamud
Le Morte D'Arthur -
Thomas Malory
Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe
Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude -
Gabriel García Márquez
Das Kapital -
Karl Marx
The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa - Mark Mathabane
Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham
Rebecca -
Daphne du Maurier
Millenium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World - Lewis Maybury
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
Suttree - Cormac McCarthy
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCollough
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era - James MacPherson
A Year in Provence 
- Peter Mayle
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Death of Salesman - Arthur Miller
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer - Kay Mills
- A.A. Milne
Paradise Lost -
John Milton
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Beloved - Toni Morrison
Sula - Toni Morrison
Under the Net - Iris Murdoch


Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S. Naipaul
The Railway Children -
E. Nesbit


Master and Commander -
Patrick O'Brian
At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O’Connor
Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt - Day by Scott O’Dell
Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
Long Day's Journey Into Night - Eugene O’Neill
Animal Farm - George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell


The Rights of Man -
Tom Paine
The Learning Tree - Gordon Parks
U.S.A. (trilogy) - John Dos Passos
Dr Zhivago -
Boris Pasternak
Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
A Child Called 'It' -
Dave Pelzer
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance -
Robert M. Pirsig
The Plantagenet Saga -
Jean Plaidy
The Bell Jar - Silvia Plath
The Republic - Plato
Great Tales and Poems - Edgar Allen Poe
The Murders in the Rue Morgue -
Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen - Chaim Potok
A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
Mort - Terry Pratchett
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
The Colour Of Magic - Terry Pratchett
A la recherche du temps perdu -
His Dark Materials -
Philip Pullman
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
V. - Thomas Pynchon
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon


Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean R
Anthem - Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
We The Living - Ayn Rand
Swallows and Amazons -
Arthur Ransome
The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
Alexander Trilogy -
Mary Renault
All historical novels - Kenneth Roberts
Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues - Donn Rogosin
Call It Sleep - Henry Roth
American Pastoral - Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
The Human Stain - Philip Roth
The Social Contract -
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Harry Potter -
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban - JK Rowling
The God Of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
A History of the Crusades 
- Steven Runciman
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Readers Digest Great Short Stories of the World


Holes - Louis Sachar
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Complete Poems - Carl Sandburg
No Exit - Jean Paul Sartre
Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man -
Siegfried Sassoon
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution -
Simon Schama
Shane - Jack Schaefer
Schott's Original Miscellany -
Ben Schott
Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
Katherine - Anya Seton
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, others. - Shakespeare
- Shakespeare
Man and Superman, Saint Joan, Pygmalion, others. - Bernard Shaw
Frankenstein -
Mary Shelley
A Town like Alice - Nevil Shute
On the Beach - Nevil Shute
Trustee from the Toolroom - Nevil Shute
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
How to Cook - Delia Smith
I Capture The Castle - Dodie Smith
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Oedepus Rex - Sophocles
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
The Ballad of Peckham Rye -
Muriel Spark
One Lonely Night - Mickey Spillane
The Man Who Loved Children - Christina Stead
Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner
Of Mice And Men - John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Dog Soldiers - Robert Stone
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Breecher Stowe
Eminent Victorians -
Lytton Strachey
Sophie’s Choice - William Styron
The Confessions of Nat Turner - William Styron
Lives of the Caesars -
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
Gulliver’s Travels - Jonathan Swift


The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Origins of the Second World War - 
A.J.P. Taylor
Idylls of the King - Tennyson
Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession - Studs Terkel
Vanity Fair -
William Makepeace Thackeray
Poems of Dylan Thomas - Thomas, Dylan
Walden - Henry David Thoreau
The History of the Peloponnesian War -
The Barchester Chronicles -
Anthony Trollope.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell
Eats, Shoots and Leaves -
Lynne Truss
Democracy in America -
Alexis de Tocqueville
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
War and Peace -
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century - Barbara Tuchman
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain


Rabbit series -
John Updike


Lives of the Artists -
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut


The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Sword of Honour trilogy -Evelyn Waugh
Scoop - Evelyn Waugh
Night - Elie Weisel
The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
Thirteen Stories - Eudora Welty
The Day of the Locust - Nathanael West
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Our Town - Thornton Wilder
The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-65 - Juan Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
Selected Poems - William Carlos Williams
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson
Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson
Girls In Love - Jacqueline Wilson
The Story Of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
Vicky Angel - Jacqueline Wilson
The Wood Wife - Terri Windling
The Once and Future King - T. H. White
The Prelude - William Wordsworth
Poems - William Wordsworth
The Beauty Myth -
Naomi Wolf
Look Homeward, Angel - Thomas Wolfe
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Native Son - Richard Wright
The Day of the Triffids -
John Wyndham
Swiss Family Robinson - J. R. Wyss


Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
Collected Poems -
W. B. Yeats
Favorite Folktales From Around the World - Jane Yolen


  1. o god I love R.Dahl, I must have read his books a 100 times growing up. My fav from him is actually his autobios :) Boy & Flying Solo~

  2. Wow, this is such a great resource. I'm in a book club and I will definitely share this with my book club ladies. I will also reference this list when I'm in need of a new book.


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