Book Suggestions

The following book selections are recommendations from the College Board. Click on the author, title or lexile columns to re-sort the list. You can also open the PDF document The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers which contains the entire list of books shown below. Please check back periodically for new recommendations.

101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

Author Title *Lexile
Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall Apart0890
Agee, JamesA Death in the Family1020
Austen, JanePride and Prejudice1190
Baldwin, JamesGo Tell It on the Mountain1030
Beckett, SamuelWaiting for Godotn/a
Bellow, SaulThe Adventures of Augie Marchn/a
Brontë, CharlotteJane Eyre0890
Brontë, EmilyWuthering Heights0880
Camus, AlbertThe Stranger0880
Cather, WillaDeath Comes for the Archbishop1150
Chaucer, GeoffreyThe Canterbury Talesn/a
Chekhov, AntonThe Cherry Orchardn/a
Chopin, KateThe Awakening0960
Conrad, JosephHeart of Darkness1050
Cooper, James FenimoreThe Last of the Mohicans1350
Crane, StephenThe Red Badge of Courage0900
de Cervantes, MiguelDon Quixote1500
Defoe, DanielRobinson Crusoe1070
Dickens, CharlesA Tale of Two Cities1130
Dostoyevsky, FyodorCrime and Punishment0990
Douglass, FrederickNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass1080
Dreiser, TheodoreAn American Tragedy1240
Dumas, AlexandreThe Three Musketeers0960
Eliot, GeorgeThe Mill on the Floss1240
Ellison, RalphInvisible Man 950cture of Dorian Gray0920
Emerson, Ralph WaldoSelected Essaysn/a
Faulkner, WilliamAs I Lay Dying0870
Faulkner, WilliamThe Sound and the Fury0870
Fielding, HenryTom Jones1360
Fitzgerald, F. ScottThe Great Gatsby1070
Flaubert, GustaveMadame Bovary1030
Ford, Ford MadoxThe Good Soldier1040
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonFaustn/a
Golding, WilliamLord of the Flies0770
Hardy, ThomasTess of the d'Urbervilles1160
Hawthorne, NathanielThe Scarlet Letter1340
Heller, JosephCatch 221140
Hemingway, ErnestA Farewell to Arms0730
Homer The Iliadn/a
HomerThe Odysseyn/a
Hugo, VictorThe Hunchback of Notre Dame1340
Hurston, Zora NealeTheir Eyes Were Watching God1080
Huxley, AldousBrave New World0870
Ibsen, HenrikA Doll's Housen/a
James, HenryThe Portrait of a Lady1020
James, HenryThe Turn of the Screw1140
Joyce, JamesA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man1120
Kafka, FranzThe Metamorphosis1320
Kingston, Maxine HongThe Woman Warrior0880
Lee, HarperTo Kill a Mockingbird0870
Lewis, SinclairBabbitt1110
London, JackThe Call of the Wild1120
Mann, ThomasThe Magic Mountain1350
Marquez, Gabriel GarcíaOne Hundred Years of Solitude1410
Melville, HermanBartleby the Scrivenern/a
Melville, HermanMoby Dick1200
Miller, ArthurThe Cruciblen/a
Morrison, ToniBeloved0870
O'Connor, FlanneryA Good Man is Hard to Findn/a
O'Neill, EugeneLong Day's Journey into Nightn/a
Orwell, GeorgeAnimal Farm1170
Pasternak, BorisDoctor Zhivago1010
Plath, SylviaThe Bell Jar1140
Poe, Edgar AllanSelected Talesn/a
Proust, MarcelSwann's Wayn/a
Pynchon, ThomasThe Crying of Lot 491060
Remarque, Erich MariaAll Quiet on the Western Front0830
Rostand, EdmondCyrano de Bergeracn/a
Roth, HenryCall It Sleepn/a
Salinger, J.D.The Catcher in the Rye0790
Shakespeare, WilliamHamletn/a
Shakespeare, WilliamMacbethn/a
Shakespeare, WilliamA Midsummer Night's Dreamn/a
Shakespeare, WilliamRomeo and Julietn/a
Shaw, George BernardPygmalionn/a
Shelley, MaryFrankenstein1170
Silko, Leslie MarmonCeremony0890
Solzhenitsyn, AlexanderOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich0900
SophoclesOedipus Rexn/a
Steinbeck, JohnThe Grapes of Wrath0680
Stevenson, Robert LouisTreasure Island1070
Stowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom's Cabin1050
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver's Travels1210
Thackeray, WilliamVanity Fair1270
Thoreau, Henry DavidWalden1340
Tolstoy, LeoWar and Peace1240
Turgenev, IvanFathers and Sonsn/a
Twain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn0990
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr.Slaughterhouse-Five0850
Walker, AliceThe Color Purple0670
Wharton, EdithThe House of Mirth1230
Welty, EudoraCollected Stories0980
Whitman, WaltLeaves of Grassn/a
Wilde, OscarThe Picture of Dorian Gray0920
Williams, TennesseeThe Glass Menagerien/a
Woolf, VirginiaTo the Lighthouse1030
Wright, RichardNative Son0700

Classic Cultural and Historical Texts:

Author Title *Lexile
---The Arabian Nightsn/a
Kennedy, John F.Profiles in Courage1410
---The Biblen/a
King, Martin Luther, Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.n/a
Adams, HenryThe Education of Henry Adamsn/a
Malory, Sir ThomasLe Morte D'Arthurn/a
AesopAesop's Fablesn/a
Machiavelli, NiccolòThe Prince1350
Andersen, Hans ChristianAndersen's Fairy Tales1060
Marx, KarlThe Communist Manifesto1360
AristotleNicomachean Ethics1260
Paine, ThomasCommon Sense1330
DuBois, W.E.B.The Souls of Black Folk1280
PlatoThe Republic1120
Franklin, BenjaminAutobiography1370
Tocqueville, Alexis deDemocracy in America1310
Hamilton, EdithMythology1040
X, Malcolm with Haley, AlexThe Autobiography of Malcolm X1120
Hamilton, John, et al.The Federalist Papers1450

*A Note on Lexiles

The Lexile measure of a book refers to its text difficulty only. A Lexile measure does not take the subject matter or content of the book into consideration. Lexile measures are based on two well-established predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length. Many factors other than these affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, with these other factors then being considered. Parents and educators should preview books to make sure they are at the appropriate developmental level for the child and also meet their own community standards.