Reading Recommendations

Updated 5/14/17

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For the average reader:

A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)

Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

1984 (George Orwell)

A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) – if you’ve never read it or it’s been a while

The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)

Sherlock Holmes mysteries (Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle)




For the serious reader:

The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Franny and Zooey (J.D. Salinger)

Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)

Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)

Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)

Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)

Inferno (Dante)

The Iliad (Homer)

Othello (William Shakespeare)

Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

Bleak House (Charles Dickens)

Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)

Paradise Lost (John Milton)

The Portrait of a Lady (Henry James)



Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)

Lord of the Rings series (J.R.R. Tolkien)

The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)

The Martian (Andy Weir)

Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)



Non Fiction:

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Dee Brown)

The Seven Story Mountain (Thomas Merton)

The Diary of Anne Frank

84 Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff) – for fellow book lovers

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)