PBS’s The Great American Read

Bold titles are books I have read (I also own most of these)
A single asterisk denotes books on my personal reading lists
Double asterisks denote books I own, and obviously plan to read


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien**

1984 by George Orwell

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Help by Kathryn Stockett**

Gone with the Winby Margaret Mitchell**

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

The Giver by Lois Lowry*

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck**

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie*

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith**

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain**

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas**

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Stand by Stephen King*

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden**

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Dune by Frank Herbert**

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls*

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett**

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon**

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens**

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston*

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez**

 Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving*

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller**

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky *

Looking for Alaska by John Green**

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achibe**

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Godfather by Mario Puzo**

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand*

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse**

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Foundation by Isaac Asimov*

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie**

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra*

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

Watchers by Dean Koontz

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson*

Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz**

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

The Shack by William Paul Young

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

The Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Another Country by James Baldwin

Ghost by Jason Reynolds*

White Teeth by Zadie Smith*

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Soulja

Doña Bárbara by Rómulo Gallegos

Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt

 

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