Reading Recommendations

A Reading List of books, poems, plays, essays, and others that I highly recommend reading yourself. I will try to itemize them based on what they are classified as by others and in the professional world. I will classify novels that are YA as (YA) and Children’s novels as (C), but otherwise they will be listed under their general category.

** Indicates favorites


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (C) **

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll (C) **

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger  **

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Sula – Toni Morrison

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) – George Orwell

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Animal Farm – George Orwell

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

The Two Towers

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Return of the King

The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Not so “Classics”

The Sun Is Also A Star – Ry Russo-Young (YA)

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

Agatha Christie mysteries in general

Carrie – Stephen King

The Shinning – Stephen King

A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest Gaines

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien

The Tale of Desperaux – Kate  DiCamillo (C)


Mirage – Somaiya Daud

Mem – Bethany C. Morrow

       Praise the Orc – Lee Jungmin (Webnovel)


The Unwind Dystology – Neal Shusterman (YA) **





UnBound (Novella)

Uglies Series – Scott Westerfeld  (YA)






His Dark Materials – Phillip Pullman **

Northern Lights or The Golden Compass

The Subtle Knife

The Amber Spyglass

The Seven Realms – Cinda Williams Chima (YA)

The Demon King

The Exiled Queen

The Gray Wolf Throne

The Crimson Crown

The Shattered Realms – Cinda Williams Chima (YA)





The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks

The Way of Shadows

Shadow’s Edge

Beyond the Shadows

Perfect Shadow (Novella)

Skinjacker Trilogy – Neal Shusterman (YA)




The Redwall Series – Brian Jacques (YA or C)




Mariel of Redwall


Martin the Warrior

The Bellmaker

Outcast of Redwall

Pearls of Lutra

The Long Patrol


Lord Broktree




Rakkety Tam

High Rhulain



The Sable Queen

The Rogue Crew

The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (YA or C)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Poetry Collections

Women are Some Kind of Magic Series – amanda lovelace

the princess saves herself in this one

the witch doesn’t burn in this one

things that h(a)unt duology – amanda lovelace

to make monsters out of girls

milk and honey – rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers – rupi kaur

Kill With Words – Vivid Vega

Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

Singular Poems

anyone lived in a pretty how town  – e.e. cumings **

Theme for English B – Langston Hughes

The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe


Oedipus Rex/Oedipus Tyrannus – Sophocles

Crumbs from the Table of  Joy – Lynn Nottage

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992  – Anna Deavere Smith

365 Plays/365 Days – Suzan Lori-Parks

Topdog/Underdog – Suzan Lori-Parks

The Laramie Project – Moises Kaufman

Fences – August Wilson

Everyman – Anonymous

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Macbeth – William Shakespeare

A Doll House – Henrik Ibsen

A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

The Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

“MASTER HAROLD”… and the boys – Athol Fugard

Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

Short Stories

The Color Master – Aimee Bender

The Lottery – Shirley Jackson

Hills Like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway

Gorilla My Love – Toni Cade Bambara

It Had to Be Murder – Cornell Woolrich

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

Charles – Shirley Jackson


We Should All Be Feminists – Chimmamanda Ngozi Adichie

Citizen (An American Lyric) – Claudia Rankine

*I have a lot of feminist articles but I don’t know if I will include them or not