Recommended Reading

  • Madeleine L'Engle, The Time Trilogy, Many Waters
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Children of Hurin
  • Michael Crichton, Timeline, Sphere
  • Ursula LeGuin, The Earthsea Quartet
  • Octavia Butler, Kindred
  • J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter
  • C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy
  • Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games   
Literary Fiction
  • Jonathan Safron Foer, Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Yiyun Li, The Vagrants
  • Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge, Abide with Me
  • Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
  • J.M. Coetzee, The Life and Times of Michael K, Waiting for the Barbarians, Foe, Disgrace, Elizabeth Costello
  • Arundati Roy, The God of Small Things
  • John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
  • Irene Zabytko, The Sky Unwashed 
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies 
  • Chaim Potok, The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev
  • Gish Jen, World and Town
  • Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
  • Pearl Buck, The Good Earth
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
  • John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent, Travels with Charley, East of Eden
  • George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Animal Farm, Burmese Days
  • Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  • Kevin Roose, The Unlikely Disciple
  • Tina Fey, Bossypants 
  • Jeanette Walls, Half Broke Horses
  • C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity
  • Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Defense of Food 
  • Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
  • Judith Butler, Precarious Life, Who Sings the Nation State?
  • Vaclav Havel, The Art of the Impossible 
  • Jenny Lawson, Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Children's/YA Lit
  • E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
  • E.L. Konigsburg, The View from Saturday
  • Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Neal Shusterman, Unwind
  • Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief
  • Shakespeare, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III
  • Arthur Miller, The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, After the Fall
  • Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice
  • Bill Cain, Equivocation
  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Mahmoud Darwish, Journal of an Ordinary Grief  
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke's Book of Hours