The Ultimate Reading List

Using lists from only the most reputable sources, and my own personal opinion, I have compiled a list of books that not only do I think everyone should read, but to track my own progress in reading them.

Let’s Begin!

Bold is for me having read the book.

Italics mean I own the book.

Asterisk means I recommend it.



To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

1984 by George Orwell

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

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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins*

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Night by Elie Wiesel

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry*

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The Giver by Lois Lowry*

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling*

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Holy Bible

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green*

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Stand by Stephen King

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll*

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card*

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle*

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling*

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Princess Bride by William Goldman*

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling*

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins*

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Gárcia Marquéz

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger*

The Oddysey by Homer

Celebrating Silence by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wallis

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins*

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

1984 by George Orwell

Farenhiet 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman*

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Watchmen by Alan Moore

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

The Stand by Stephen King

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny

The Belgariad by David Eddings

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Ringworld by Larry Niven

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Contact by Carl Sagan

The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stehenson

World War Z by Max Brooks

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett*

The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

The Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger*

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

The Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

The Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

The Malayan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Culture series by Ian Banks

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis



Ulysses by James Joyce

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

1984 by George Orwell

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Slaughterhouse-Five by  Kurt Vonnegut

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Native Son by Richard Wright

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

Appointment in Samarra by John O’ Hara

U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

The Ambassadors by Henry James

Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T. Farrell

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Golden Bowl by  Henry James

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

Howards End by E. M. Forster

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Deliverance by James Dickey

A Dance to the Music of Time (series) by Anthony Powell

Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Light in August by William Faulkner

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather

From Here to Eternity by James Jones

The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

A House for Ms. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

A Room with a View by E.M. Forester

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stenger

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Loving by Henry Green

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Ironweed by William Kennedy

The Magus by John Fowles

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington