Progress Towards Reading All 100 “Great American Reads”

Updated on February 14, 2019:

  1. 1984, George Orwell
  2. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  3. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  4. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  7. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  8. The Alex Cross Mysteries, James Patterson
  9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  10. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  11. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  12. Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
  13. Another Country, James Baldwin
  14. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  15. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  16. Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya
  17. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  18. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz
  19. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  20. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  21. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  22. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  23. The Chronicles of Narnia Series, C.S. Lewis
  24. The Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean M. Auel
  25. The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah
  26. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  27. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  28. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
  30. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  31. Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes
  32. Doña Bárbára, Rómulo Gallegos
  33. Dune, Frank Herbert
  34. The Fifty Shades of Grey Series, E.L. James
  35. Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews
  36. The Foundation Series, Isaac Asimov
  37. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  38. The Song of Ice and Fire Saga, George R. R. Martin
  39. Ghost, Jason Reynolds
  40. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  41. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  42. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
  43. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  44. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  45. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  46. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  47. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  48. Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
  49. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  50. The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
  51. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  52. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  53. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  54. The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  55. The Hunger Games Series, Suzanne Collins
  56. The Hunt for the Red October, Tom Clancy
  57. The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead
  58. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  59. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  60. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  61. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
  62. The Left Behind Series, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  63. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  64. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  65. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
  66. Looking for Alaska, John Green
  67. The Lord of the Rings Series, J.R.R. Tolkien
  68. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
  69. The Martian, Andy Weir
  70. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
  71. Mind Invaders, Dave Hunt
  72. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  73. The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
  74. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  75. The Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon
  76. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
  77. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  78. The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  79. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
  80. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  81. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  82. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  83. The Shack, William P. Young
  84. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
  85. The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
  86. The Stand, Stephen King
  87. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  88. Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon
  89. The Tales of the City Series, Armistead Maupin
  90. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  91. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  92. This Present Darkness, Frank E. Peretti
  93. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  94. The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer
  95. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  96. Watchers, Dean Koontz
  97. The Wheel of Time Series, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  98. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  99. White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  100. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

4 thoughts on “Progress Towards Reading All 100 “Great American Reads”

    1. Thanks! Yes, a bit ambitious but there’s quite a few on this list that I have either started or will need to read for school anyway. I love The Wheel of Time, I’ve read I think about 60 percent of the first in the series! Might be my undoing, though!

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