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Reading List for the College Bound Student

    • Call of the Wild– London
    • Sophie’s World– Gaarder
    • David Copperfield– Dickens
    • The Old Man and the Sea– Hemingway
    • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek– Dillard
    • Ethan Frome– Wharton
    • Things Fall Apart– Achebe
    • The Natural- Malamud
    • Kite Runner– Hosseini
    • Thousand Splendid Suns– Hosseini
    • A Prayer for Owen Meany– Irving
    • The Bell Jar– Plath
    • The Glass Castle– Walls
    • Silent Spring-Carson (environmental)
    • Memoirs of a Geisha-Golden
    • Snow Falling on Cedars-Gutterson
    • Maus I & Maus II– Spiegelman
    • The Chocolate War– Cormier
    • Middlesex– Eugenides

Note: Students should read at least one book off of the list the summer before they arrive at Westminster High School.

      • Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
      • Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
      • The Count of Monte Cristo– Dumas
      • A Farewell to Arms- Hemingway
      • The Sun Also Rises– Hemingway
      • Brave New World– Huxley
      • Brave New World Revisited– Huxley
      • Anna Karenina– Tolstoy
      • War of the World-Wells
      • The Time Machine-Wells
      • A Clockwork Orange– Burgess
      • Me Talk Pretty One Day– Sedaris
      • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim– Sedaris
      • Naked– Sedaris
      • Holidays on Ice– Sedaris
      • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-Adams
      • Fahrenheit 451– Bradbury
      • Martian Chronicles– Bradbury
      • Enders Game-Card
      • Xenocide– Card
      • Treasure Box-Card
      • The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights– Steinbeck
      • The Hobbit- Tolkien
      • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy– Tolkien
      • Citizen Soldier– Ambrose
      • Reviving Ophelia– Pipher
      • Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Bomb– Takaki
      • Gold of Troy– Tolstikov
      • The Perfect Storm– Junger
      • Into Thin Air– Krakauer
      • Into the Wild– Krakauer
      • House of the Spirits– Allende
      • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents– Alvarez
      • Love in the Time of Cholera– Marquez
      • The General in His Labyrinth– Marquez
      • Hunger of Memory– Rodriguez
      • The Woman Warrior-Kingston
      • Farewell to Manzanar– Houston
      • The Immigrants-Fast
      • Anne Frank Remembered- Gies
      • Zlata’s Diary:A Child’s Life in Sarajevo– Filipovic
      • Tuesday’s With Morrie– Albom
      • The Five People You Meet in Heaven– Albom
      • The Perks of Being a Wallflower– Chbosky
      • Generation X– Coupland
      • Shampoo Planet – Coupland
      • Siddhartha– Hesse
      • Bless Me Ultima– Anaya
      • 1984– Orwell
      • Brave New World– Huxley
      • Age of Innocence– Wharton
      • Ethan Frome– Wharton
      • A Room With a View- Forster
      • A Doll’s House– Ibsen
      • Cry the Beloved Country– Paton
      • The Interpreter of Maladies– Lahiri
      • The Things They Carried– O’Brien
      • Gulliver’s Travels– Swift
      • My Antonia- Cather
      • The Red Badge of Courage-Crane
      • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass– Douglass
      • 1776– McCullough
      • Native Son-Wright
      • The Sun Also Rises– Hemingway
      • John Adams– McCullough
      • Catch 22– Heller
      • Moby Dick– Melville
      • For Whom the Bell Tolls– Hemingway
      • The Handmaid’s Tale– Atwood
      • The Color Purple– Walker
      • The Awakening-Chopin
      • Catcher in the Rye– Salinger
      • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin-Franklin
      • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest– Kesey
      • The Metamorphosis– Kafka
      • Bluest Eye– Morrison
      • Sister Carrie– Dreiser
      • Slaughterhouse Five– Vonnegut

Les Miserables-Hugo
One Hundred Years of Solitude– Marquez
The Stranger- Camus
Madame Bovary– Flaubert
Tess of the D’urbervilles– Hardy
Obasan- Kogawa
Arcadia-Sidney
A Doll’s House– Ibsen
Wuthering Heights– Bronte
Light In August– Faulkner
Their Eyes Were Watching God– Hurston
As I Lay Dying– Faulkner
Sense and Sensibility– Austen
The Things they Carried– O’Brien
Jude the Obscure-Hardy
The Fountainhead-Rand
Johny Got His Gun- Trumbo
Crime and Punishment– Dostoyevsky
Anna Karenina– Tolstoy
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich– Solzhenitsyn
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man-Joyce
Gulliver’s Travels– Swift
Beloved– Morrison
Song of Solomon-Shaw
Mrs. Warren’s Profession-Shaw
Lysistrata– Aristophones
The Birthday Party-Pinter
Waiting for Godot- Beckett
Sula– Morrison
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz– Richler
The Optimist’s Daughter– Welty
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf– Albee
House Made of Dawn– Momaday
Wise Blood- O’Conner
All the Pretty Horses– McCarthy
The Piano Lesson-Wilson
Fences-Wilson
Ceremony-Silko
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant– Tyler
A Lesson Before Dying– Gainer
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone-Wilson
Ragtime– Doctorow
Alias Grace– Atwood
A Gesture Life– Lee
The American– James
The Bonesetter’s Daughter-Tan
The Way We Live Now– Trollope
Reservation Blues– Alexie
The Crossing– McCarmas
The Golden Bowl– James
The Women of Brewster Place– Naylor
Angle of Repose– Stegner
Obasan– Kogawa
The Other-Guterson
Paradise Lost-Milton
Atonement- McEwan
The Blind Assassin– Atwood
A Gathering of Old Men– Gaines
God of Small Things– Roy
The Poisonwood Bible– Kingsolver
Set this House on Fire– Styron
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle– Wroblewski