The Accidental Tourist – by Anne Tyler
Take a trip with these quirky characters in a sad and moving yet laugh-out-loud story. But beware-you might just get hooked on Anne Tyler’s one-of-a- kind style!
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s tale of a young boy’s journey on the Mississippi, and the people he meets on the way.
Alive – by Piers Paul Read
Two dozen rugby players must survive in the Andes mountains when their plane crashes.
All Quiet on the Western Front – by Erich Maria Remarque
This story of World War I ranks in the same class as Crane’s Red Badge of Courage in its
portrayal of both the horrors and ironies of war. It’s a powerful tale that forces its readers to contemplate the terrible price of conflict.
Anthem – by Ayn Rand
This short novella is a good place to begin investigating the works of philosopher Ayn Rand. Set in the future, Anthem explores themes of individual freedom, personal responsibility and power. It is a thought-provoking read!
Between a Rock and a Hard Place – by Alden Carter
Mark and his diabetic cousin must survive in the wilderness.
The Crucible – by Arthur Miller
Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Frank
Anne Frank’s diary of her time in hiding from the Germans is a classic of hope in a world of despair.
Exodus – by Leon Uris
A classic novel chronicling the birth of the nation of Israel. Timely reading for today’s world.
The Fellowship of the Ring – by J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien was a contemporary of C. S. Lewis and a lover of Norse and Icelandic myths. In the first part of his epic novel Bilbo Baggins disappears, and young Frodo sets off on an adventure that is not entirely of his own choosing.
Fountainhead – by Ayn Rand
Explore the themes of good versus evil and fascism in this book chronicling the struggles of an architect, his rival, and a newspaper columnist.
The Godfather – by Mario Puzo
Take a look at the Mafia and organized crime during the 1940ï¿½s with this book which tells the story of the Corleone family. ï¿½The Godfatherï¿½ series of movies was inspired by the book!
The Grapes of Wrath – by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s stark novel about a family’s migration from Oklahoma to California during the days of the dust bowl.
Hamlet – by William Shakespeare
Revenge, madness, poison, ghosts, and the interaction between friends are all aspects of this classic tragedy.
Hatchet – by Gary Paulsen
A young man survives a small plane crash and must make his way through the wilderness armed only with a hatchet.
How Green Was My Valley – by Richard Llewellyn
This is a classic story, first published in 1940, that chronicles life in a welsh mining town. The characters deal with life’s difficulties with a courage and strength that makes them – and their story-unforgettable.
Into Thin Air – by Jon Krakauer
True accounting of a series of Mt. Everest expeditions that go awry in fickle weather.
Lost Horizon – by James Hilton
A mysterious utopia high in the Himalayan Mountains is the setting for this famous story. Part mystery, part philosophy, this tale takes you to the intriguing “Shangri-La” as this adventure romance unfolds.
Lost Moon: the Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 – by Jim Lovell
The riveting story of the Appollo mission that was almost lost in space.
The Night of the Grizzlies – by Jack Olsen
Accounting of fatal attacks in the national parks in 1968.
Ordinary People – by Judith Guest
This is a moving and sad book that explores human reaction to grief and death and the need to remain compassionate and connected during times of trouble.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – by Annie Dillard
Walk with Annie Dillard through the forests of central Virginia as she explores her own life and the world around her.
Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen
The Prince of Tides – by Pat Conroy
The Princess Bride – by William Goldman
This classic ï¿½fairy taleï¿½ follows a poor farm boy named Westley, who will do anything for the woman he loves. The story includes fighting, poison, true love, hate, revenge, fantastical beasts, death, miracles, and much more!
The Red Badge of Courage – by Stephen Crane
Crane’s classic war novel examines important issues with the creation of his young hero, Henry Fleming.
Robinson Crusoe – by Daniel Defoe
The classic shipwreck story, told in great detail.
A Separate Peace – by John Knowles
This classic story of friendship and emotion is set in a boarding school during WW II.
Shoeless Joe – by W.P. Kinsella
This great book is about baseball, fulfilling your dreams, and believing in those you love. Based on the story of legendary ball player “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, the story is a home run
hit! The popular movie “Field of Dreams” was based on this work.
Teen Angst? Naaah . . . A Quasi-autobiography – by Ned Vizzini
A young man’s memories of what growing up is really like.
Tomorrow: When the War Began – by John Marsden
Australian high school students return from a wilderness trip and find that everything at home has changed.
A Walk to Remember – by Nicholas Sparks
If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book. Variety magazine called the book “Bittersweet- A tragic yet spiritual love story.”
Watership Down – by Richard Adams
This fascinating fable takes you into an organized community of rabbits! There’s a whole world under the earth-discover it in this symbolic and intriguing tale.