An Excellent Reading List



100 suggestions for graduates, or anyone else — these will change you.

Novels and Stories:

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Godric by Frederick Buechner

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Hawaii by James A. Michener

The Alchemist  by Paulo Coelho

Everything Is Illuminated by  Jonathan Safran Foer

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Howards End by E.M. Forster

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Science Fiction / Fantasy:

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Wrinkle in Time Series by Madeleine L'Engle

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy

Cross Roads & Eve by William Paul Young

Dune by Frank Herbert

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Passage by Justin Cronin



A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Lightness of Being by Frank Wilczek

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

AsapScience by Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown

Finding God in the Waves by  Mike McHargue


Wisdom and Self-Development:

Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Healing the Wounded Heart by Dan Allender

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berge

Scary Close by Donald Miller

Love Does by Bob Goff

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

The World Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard


Spiritual / Christian:

Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning

Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner

A Grief Observed and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr

A Hidden Wholeness by Parker J. Palmer

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris

Your God is Too Small by J.B. Phillips

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Disciplines for the Inner Life by Bob and Michael W. Benson

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith

Prodigal God by Timothy Keller


History, Biography, Memoir:

A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Night by Elie Wiesel

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

On Writing by Stephen King

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

As You Wish by Cary Elwes


Mystery authors:

Dorothy Sayers

Agatha Christie

P.D. James

Patricia Cornwell

Scott Pratt

Louise Penny

Nevada Barr

C.J. Box

Stephen King

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