"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn,

the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss

My Ultimate Book List

Young Adult Literature 

  • Libbra Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing (trilogy); Going Bovine; Beauty Queens 
  • Chris Crutcher's Deadline, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Sledding Hill, King of the Mild Frontier
  • Laurie Halse Anderson's Prom, Twisted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, Speak, The Impossible Knife of Memory 
  • J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series (7)
  • Kristin Cashore's Graceling & Fire
  • Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke trilogy and Golden Compass trilogy
  • Jerry Spinelli's Eggs, Stargirl
  • Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Barbara Kingsolver's Beantrees, Poisonwood Bible
  • Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, Lucky
  • Catherine Murdock's Dairy Queen & The Off Season
  • Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras)
  • Stephanie Meyer's The Host
  • Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief, I am the Messenger
  • Susan Collins' The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay 
  • Ally Condie's Matched Trilogy 
  • John Green's Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Papertowns, An Abundance of Katherines
  • Veronica Roth's Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: The Transfer
  • Kwame Alexander's Crossover, Booked
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Feathers, Tyrell, The Orange Houses, After, Shiver, Feed, Sold, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Marcelo in the Real World, Good Girls, Thirteen Reasons Why, If I Stay, Before I Die, Sweethearts, Purple Heart, Such a Pretty Girl, Once Was Lost, Things I Have to Tell You, Vegan/Virgin/Valentine, Story of a Girl, Boy Toy, Big Brother, Ophelia, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Hugo Cabret, A Swift Pure Cry, Tamar, White Darkness, Surrender, Raider's Night, Peak, Octavian Nothing, A Northern Light, Freedom Writers, The New Policeman, American Born Chinese, PUSH, Maus, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Who Am I Without Him?, Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Demon's Lexicon, Love You Hate You Miss You, Hate List, Drama High: The Fight, Monster, Spite Fences, Shift, The Chosen One, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Fate of Mercy Albans, The Tragedy Paper, Unwind, Wonder, We Were Liars, Where She Went, Eleanor & Park, 
  • For the younger teens: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Indian in the Cupboard Series, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Beyond the Burning Time, Bride to Terabithia, Tuck Everlasting, Into the Land of the Unicorns, The Tin Princess, Number the Stars, Harriet the Spy, Broken Bridge, A Little Princess, The Christmas Box, Where the Red Fern Grows, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Beyond the Western Sea, A Stitch in Time, Broken Days, The Gospel According to Larry, Nothing But the Truth
  • Sharon Creech's Absolute Normal Chaos, Walk Two Moons
  • Lois Lowery's The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger, Son, Number the Stars 
  • Roald Dahl's The BFG, Matilda, The Witches

Contemporary Literature

  • Carol Joyce Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys, Story Sisters, The Gravedigger's Daughter, Little Bird of Heaven
  • Dan Brown's Davinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Inferno, The Origin
  • John Grisham's The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, Playing for Pizza, The Innocent Man, The Testament, The Associate, The Street Lawyer, The Chamber, The Brethren, The Partner, The Broker, A Time to Kill, The Client, The Litagators, The Racketeer, Sycamore Row, Gray Mountain, The Whistler, Camino Island, The Rooster Bar
  • Jodi Picoult's Handle With Care, Nineteen Minutes, The Tenth Circle, Mercy, Salem Falls, Plain Truth, Vanishing Acts, My Sister's Keeper, Change of Heart, Sing You Home, The Storyteller, Leaving Time, Small Great Things, 
  • Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed 
  • Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest  (trilogy)
  • David Lagercrantz's The Girl in the Spider's Web, The Girl Who Takes An Eye for An Eye
  • Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle, Half-Broke Horses,
  • Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie, Have a Little Faith, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, The Timekeeper, The First Phone Call From Heaven, 
    For One More Day, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
  • Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Twenties Girl, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, First Comes Love 
  • Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, The Other Boyelyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Kingmaker's Daughter, The Queen's Fool
  • Camilla Lackberg's The Ice Princess, The Preacher, The Lost Boy
  • Anite Shreve's Rescue, Testimony,
  • Jennifer Weiner's Then Came You, Certain Girls, Goodnight Nobody, In Her Shoes, The Next Best Thing, All Fall Down
  • Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, Dark Places, Sharp Objects 
  • Jo Nesbo's The Son
  • J.K Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil 
  • Nicolas Sparks The Longest Ride, The Notebook, Dear John
  • Greg Iles' Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree, Mississippi Burning, The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, The Devil's Punchbowl 
  • George Martin's A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords
  • Fredrik Backman: A Man Called Ove
  • Mary Kubica: Don't You Cry, Good Girl, Pretty Baby 
  • Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone, The Nightingale 
  • Janet Fitch's White Oleander, Paint it Black, The Revolution of Marina M

  • For the History Buffs: Skeletons at the Feast, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Kammandant's Girl, The Expected One, The Help, The Postmistress, True Grit, Little Bee, The Round House, The House Girl, Mrs. Poe, All The Light We Cannot See, The Underground Railroad, The Stars Are Fire, The Women in the Castle 

  • For the Romantics: The Time Traveler's Wife, Message in Bottle, 

  • For Animal Lovers: The Art of Racing in the Rain, Dogs of Babel, Water for Elephants, The Horse Whisperer, A Dog's Purpose, From Baghdad With Love 

  • Beach Reads: Chasing Harry Winston, Shopaholic, Love the One You're With, Lipstick Jungle, The Devil Wears Prada, The Starter Wife, Nanny Diaries, Olive Kitteridge, Girls in White Dresses, I've Got your Number, Seating Arrangements, Love Water Memory, Crazy Rich Asians, The Nest, Modern Lovers

  • Oprah's Book Club Selections: Say You're One of Them, Fall on Your Knees, Where the Heart Is, Midwives, Middlesex, Cane River, House of Sand and Fog, Drowning Ruth, Gap Creek, A Map of the World, Vinegar Hill, Tara Road, The Pilot's Wife, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, Black and Blue, Here on Earth, Back Roads, The Rapture of Canaan, Cold Mountain, Icy Sparks, Open House, Behold The Dreamers, The Hopefuls

  • Thrillers: Dennis Lehane's Gone Baby Gone & Shutter Island, The Casual Vacancy, Winter's Bone, The Next Time You See Me, The Girl on the Train, Luckiest Girl Alive, The Good Girl, The Silent Wife, The Woman in Cabin Ten, The Guest Room, The Couple Next Door, Into the Water, The Good Daughter, Emma in the Night, Girl In Snow, The Life We Bury, The Woman in the Window, The Last Day of Emily Lindsay, The Flight Attendant

  • Nonfiction: Kabul Beauty School, A Long Way Gone, Columbine, Margaret Sanger Biography, The Last Lecture, Dewey, The World Is Flat, A Whole New Mind, Letters to a Young Teacher, Heaven is for Real, Bossypants, Wild, I am Malala, Modern Romance, Yes Please, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends, A Higher Loyalty 

  • Containing elements of Fantasy: The Tiger's Wife, The Night Circus, The House of Impossible Loves, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Dancing With the Tiger, Station Eleven

    Miscellaneous: The Secret, What Learning Leaves, A Rose Grew From Concrete, Secrets of Eden, My Fair Lady, Acts of Faith, Secret Life of Bees, A Reliable Wife, The Mid-wife's Confession, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Radiance of Tomorrow, Never Let me Go, Orphan Train, The Dinner, The Vacationers, The Goldfinch, Tell The Wolves I'm Home, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, At the Water's Edge, My Name is Lucy Barton, American War, The Best Kind of People, Queen of Hearts

Classic Literature

  • S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders *
  • Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby *
  • Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice *
  • Kaye Gibbons' Ellen Foster
  • J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye *
  • Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird *
  • William Golding's Lord of the Flies *
  • Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun *
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • John Steinbeck's Of Mice & Men, The Pearl *
  • Sister Carrie
  • The Secret Garden
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Cormac McCarthy's The Road
  • James Joyce's Dubliners
  • Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 *
  • Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, Hamlet *
  • Chopin's The Awakening
  • Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
  • Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter
  • Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Arthur Miller's The Crucible
  • George Orwell's Animal Farm *
  • Jonathon Swift's Gulliver's Travels
  • John Steinbeck's The Pearl *
  • Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men *
  • Selections by Edgar Allan Poe including The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Fall of the House of Usher & The Tell Tale Heart *
  • Richard Wright's Uncle Tom's Children
  • Tenessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • William Faulkner's Go Down Moses
  • Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game
  • All Quiet on the Western Front 
* denotes books I have used as part of curriculum & instruction  

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