Must-Read Books

I’ve been meaning to make up a list that included all of my favorite books, not just whichever books first popped into my head. This list probably won’t be set in stone, because I’ll be adding new books whenever I remember them or read something new. A lot of these will be classics and standard English class reading, because I had to read a lot of books for school. I might cheat a little by having book series as one entry, but hopefully it’ll be helpful if you’re looking for something new to read.

Childhood/ Elementary-Middle School

  1. The Whipping Boy – Sid Fleischman
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  3. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  4. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  5. An Old Fashioned Girl – Louisa May Alcott
  6. Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
  7. The Redwall series – Brian Jacques
  8. The Hobbit  – J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. Misty of Chincoteague & other serires – Marguerite Henry
  11. The Nancy Drew series – Carolyn Keene
  12. Princess Academy- Shannon Hale
  13. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  14. The Pigman and The Pigman’s Legacy – Paul Zindel
  15. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  16. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  17. Peter Pan – J.M. Barry
  18. The Mary Poppins series – P.L. Travers
  19. The Bobbsey Twins series – Laura Lee Hope
  20. The Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder

High School/ College

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  2. The Space Trilogy- C.S. Lewis
  3. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  4. Fahrenheit 451– Ray Bradbury
  5. 1984- George Orwell
  6. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  7. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
  8. The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
  9. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  10. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  11. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  13. Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
  14. The Flavia de Luce series – Alan Bradley
  15. The Iliad – Homer
  16. The Prisoner of Zenda – Anthony Hope
  17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  18. The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins
  19. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, etc. – Jane Austen
  20. Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series – Rick Riordan
  21. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  22. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  23. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  24. The Man Who was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton
  25. The Princess Bride – William Goldman
  26. The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald