SAT Reading List

*The College Board’s SAT Recommended Reading List*

The Best Kept Secret About Raising Your Scores…

The SATs are a necessary evil for high school students across America. While preparing for the exam may seem both dull and daunting, in fact, the best way to train your brain for the test is to read! Below is the College’s Board’s recommended reading list. Tackling each of these challenging texts will expand your vocabulary, improve your critical thinking skills, and yes, make you a stronger reader. No need to cynically manipulate the system when you can simply beat it. Read.

Take on the SAT: Top 101 Challenge. Pick up one of these books today.

(*Currently Available in the NYC*iBrary)
Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart*
Agee, James A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice*
Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain*
Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot*
Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte Jane Eyre*
Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights*
Camus, Albert The Stranger*
Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage*
Dante Inferno*
de Cervantes, Miguel Don Quixote*
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities*
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Selected Essays
Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury*
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby*
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust
Golding, William Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter*
Heller, Joseph Catch 22*
Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms*
Homer The Iliad
Homer The Odyssey*
Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God*
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll’s House
James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird*
Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt
London, Jack The Call of the Wild*
Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener*
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur The Crucible*
Morrison, Toni Beloved*
O’Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find
O’Neill, Eugene Long Day’s Journey into Night*
Orwell, George Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel Swann’s Way
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49*
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye*
Shakespeare, William Hamlet*
Shakespeare, William Macbeth
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet*
Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein*
Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles Antigone
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath*
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels
Thackeray, William Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David Walden
Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace*
Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn*
Voltaire Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five*
Walker, Alice The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard Native Son*

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