Recommended Reading

Here are a list of titles and authors that I have enjoyed, and that I heartily recommend to anyone who wants to read a good book. The books have been ranked according to my opinion as to their difficulty level from *-easy to *****-very challenging. 

Note to students: Remember that points for outside reading will be distributed according the difficulty level of the book you choose, as well as the effort and accuracy of your book review. A flawless book review can earn you a maximum of 15 extra credit points (novels we read in class do NOT count towards this extra credit opportunity). You may turn in ONE book review PER quarter.


***The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 

*****A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

***Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

*****The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

****The Awakening Kate Chopin 

***Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

***Lord of the Flies

****Brave New World Aldous Huxley 

*To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

***Emma Jane Austen

*Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

*Huck Finn Mark Twain 


*"Romeo and Juliet"

**Twelfth Night"



***"King Lear"

**"The Taming of the Shrew"

***"The Merchant of Venice"

**"Much Ado About Nothing"

Greek Theater 

*****The Odyssey Homer

****The Frogs Aristophanes

***Lysistrata Aristophanes

**Medea Euripedes

***Agamemnon Aeschylus

***The Libation Bearers Aeschylus

***The Eumenides Aeschylus


**Oedipus the King

**The Bacchae Euripedes 

Young Adult Literature

*Breathing Underwater Alex Flinn

*What My Mother Doesn't Know

**The Hunger Games (Trilogy)

*****The Book Thief

***Harry Potter J.K Rowling

*Catherine Called Birdy

**House of the Scorpion 

**Wolf by the Ears

**Mexican White Boy

Contemporary Adult Fiction/Nonfiction

***Smashed:Story of a Drunken GIrlhood


****The DaVinci Code Dan Brown

****Angels and Demons Dan Brown

****The Lovely Bones

***The Five People You Meet In Heaven

****Love in the Time of Cholera