Saturday, March 14, 2009

The College Board's 101 Books College-Bound Students Should Read

I saw this over at Meg's, and thought I would give it a try.

All of the books I have read are highlighted in bold blue. If I've highlighted the author only, that means I haven't read the work listed here, but another work off the list.

NOTE: I didn't read some of these works until I was actually in college, not before I entered college.

Ready? Here we go!


Author Title
Beowulf
Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart
Agee, James A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice

Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert The Stranger

Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
Cervantes, Miguel de Don Quixote
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton The Cherry Orchard

Chopin, Kate The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage
Dante Inferno
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Selected Essays
Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary

Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust
Golding, William Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms
Homer The Iliad
Homer The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll’s House
James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt
London, Jack The Call of the Wild

Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur The Crucible
Morrison, Toni Beloved
O’Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find
O’Neill, Eugene Long Day’s Journey into Night
Orwell, George Animal Farm

Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allen Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel Swann’s Way
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William Hamlet
Shakespeare, William Macbeth
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein

Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles Antigone
Sophocles Oedipus Rex

Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels

Thackeray, William Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David Walden
Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard Native Son

Out of the 101 books listed, I've read 44. Not bad. That's not to say that I liked them all--I didn't like 'em all. But that's another post for another time.

14 comments:

Meg89 said...

44! Now that's impressive!

I'm linking to you :)

rightonmom said...

Love your book list! There's something like this on FaceBook, the BBC's top 100 or so. I didn't do it but would be quite interested.

Here from Ann's blog!

Yaya said...

SIgh...I've barely read any of these. I really need to start reading some "classics". Any ideas for where to start? I've never read Gone With The Wind or Grapes Of Wrath, yes or no?

Tiffany said...

Everytime I see a list like this it reminds me that I'm not very well read. You've done good to read 44!

Thanks for your comment the other day on the Global Food Crisis post. We reached 127 comments!

bookworm said...

wow...I'm off to college in September and I've read a pathetic 10 of those books!

(and completely sparknoted the way through two others...)

rahul_PAAJI said...

I haven't read any of these ... I feel so embarrassed !!!

drollgirl said...

Uh oh. I only have 23 under my belt and I am 38 years old. I better get on it!

blueviolet said...

You've really done well on that list!

Vickie said...

Wow, 44, that is awesome. I have only read 10 out of this list.

I do want to read Jane Eyre. Last year I saw the movie on PBS and fell in love with the movie. Not the William Hurt version.

Mel said...

Seeing this list makes me feel much more literarily accomplished than I thought I was. And, good for you for having read that many!

Jenners said...

Not bad ...maybe you should go to college! HAHA! I love stuff like this ... even though it makes me feel very unwellread (I think I just coined a very awkward word). I think I will have to link to this on my book blog and also see how many of these I've read myself! Time to start plugging in the holes on my literary education!

Prongs said...

Found your blog through Jenners. So glad to have found it. I am an English major and I am slightly embarrassed at how many of those I have no read. I have ready many other things by authors on that list though if it makes up for it. Wonderful blog look forward to seeing more in the future!

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