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)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Mem – Bethany C. Morrow

Praise the Orc – Lee Jungmin (Webnovel)

The Unwind Dystology – Neal Shusterman (YA) **
___ UnWind, UnWholly, UnSouled, UnDivided, UnBound (Novella)


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)
___ Flamecaster, Shadowcaster, Stormcaster, Deathcaster

The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks
___ The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows, Perfect Shadow (Novella)

The Redwall Series – Brian Jacques (YA or C)
___ Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, The Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, Lord Broktree, Taggerung, Triss, Loamhedge, Rakkety Tam, High Rhulain, Eulalia!, Doomwyte, The Sable Queen, The Rogue Crew

Omniscient Reader Viewpoint – SingShong (Webnovel)

Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern

Poetry Collections

Women are Some Kind of Magic Series – amanda lovelace

things that h(a)unt duology – amanda lovelace

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

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