Books They Tell You to Read: Fiction

Here, in no particular order, are the fiction novels They tell you to read:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird–Harper Lee
  • The Great Gatsby–F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Book Thief–Markus Zusak
  • Little Women–Louisa May Alcott
  • Gone with the Wind–Margaret Mitchell
  • The Catcher in the Rye–J.D. Salinger
  • The Grapes of Wrath,–John Steinbeck

  • Lord of the Flies–William Golding
  • The Kite Runner–Khaled Hosseini
  • Of Mice and Men–John Steinbeck
  • The Color Purple–Alice Walker
  • Alice in Wonderland–Lewis Carroll
  • Frankenstein–Mary Shelley
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn–Mark Twain
  • Slaughterhouse-Five–Kurt Vonnegut
  • Charlotte’s Web–E.B. White
  • The Help–Kathryn Stockett
  • A Wrinkle in Time–Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Secret Garden–Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Little Prince–Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Giver–Lois Lowry
  • The Handmaid’s Tale–Margaret Atwood
  • The Fault in Our Stars–John Green
  • Anne of Green Gables–L.M. Montgomery
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer–Mark Twain
  • The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo–Stieg Larrson
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn–Betty Smith
  • East of Eden–John Steinbeck
  • In Cold Blood–Truman Capote
  • Catch-22–Joseph Heller
  • Watership Down–Richard Adams
  • Memoirs of a Geisha–Arthur Golden
  • Rebecca–Daphne du Maurier
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes–Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Old Man and the Sea–Ernest Hemingway
  • Things Fall Apart–Chinua Achebe
  • Life of Pi–Yann Martel
  • The Scarlet Letter–Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Pillars of the Earth–Ken Follett
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory–Roald Dahl
  • Dracula–Bram Stoker
  • The Princess Pride–William Goldman
  • Water for Elephants–Sara Gruen
  • The Secret Life of Bees–Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel–Barbara Kingsolver
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude–Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife–Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Good Earth–Pearl S. Buck
  • And Then There Were None–Agatha Christie
  • The Road–Cormac McCarthy
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks–Rebecca Skloot
  • Siddhartha–Hermann Hesse
  • Beloved–Toni Morrison
  • Cutting for Stone–Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Phantom Tollbooth–Norton Juster
  • The Namesake–Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Infinite Jest–David Foster Wallace
  • American Gods–Neil Gaiman
  • The Things They Carried–Tim O’Brien
  • Interpreter of Maladies–Jhumpa Lahiri



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