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Additional Reading Book List

Our recommended reading list is by no means comprehensive; there are hundreds of other worthy books that we chose to exclude for various reasons. Some of these reasons are merely practical-we didn't include J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, for example, because we know students will read it anyway.

What follows, then, is an incomplete list of more great books. You should read all of these books as well, and if you can shoe-horn them into your high school curriculum, do it!

Please notice that these books are listed in ascending order, with the most accessible books coming first and the more challenging ones rounding out the list.

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
  • "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
  • Loving God by Charles Colson
  • Phantastees by George MacDonald
  • Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Van Auken
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  • She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Manalive by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • A Good man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Samurai by Shusaku Endo
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
  • Fidelity and Other Stories by Wendell Berry
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark
  • The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman
  • The Fall by Albert Camus
  • The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • The Life of King Alfred by Asser
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Anna Karenin by Leo Tolstoy
  • Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  • First Circle by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Course of Empire by Bernard DeVoto
  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Confidence Man by Herman Melville
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
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