100 Books Worth Reading Before You Die


Rebekah Hafner & Bianca Gonzalez

Everyone has goals or intends to accomplish something before it becomes too late. Some of you might already have a bucket list or a personal journal. Your goals can be as extreme as skydiving or as calm as wandering through a favorite museum. But what about reading? What books do you want to read? Well, we gathered the input of the West community and have compiled a list of 100 books worth reading before you die. Now go read some books!

  1. Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
  2. The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling
  3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin
  6. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson
  7. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
  8. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  9. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
  10. The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan
  11. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  12. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
  13. Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White
  14. The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins
  15. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager
  16. A Boy Named It by David Pelzer
  17. Find Rest by Shaunti Feldhahn
  18. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  19. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  21. The Hunger Games series by Susanne Collins
  22. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  23. Look Me in the Eyes by John Elder Robison
  24. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Habbon
  25. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  26. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  27. Educated by Tara Westover
  28. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  29. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  30. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  31. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  32. The Six of Crows series by Leah Bardugo
  33. The Spirit Animals series (authors vary)
  34. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  35. Chac Mool by Carlos Fuentes
  36. Quarantine by Lex Thomas
  37. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  38. Maximum Ride: The Manga (vol. 1) by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  39. Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast
  40. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  41. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  42. Where the Crowdads Sing by Delia Owens
  43. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  44. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  45. Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  46. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  47. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  48. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  49. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  50. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  51. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
  52. The Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner
  53. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  54. Walking with the Wind by John Lewis
  55. Battle Cry for Freedom by James M. McPherson
  56. Real World Whitetail Behavior by Jim Roy
  57. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R.Tolkien
  58. Voyage of the Dawn Trader by C.S. Lewis
  59. Prince Caspian by C.S.Lewis
  60. The Children Hurin by J.R.R.Tolkien
  61. Beowulf
  62. The Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  63. American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice and Scott McEwen
  64. America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
  65. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  66. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  67. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  68. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  69. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  70. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  71. Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis
  72. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  73. A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon
  74. Story Thieves by James Riley
  75. Hero’s Song by Edith Pattou
  76. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  77. Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn
  78. The Memory Book by Lara Avery
  79. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  80. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  81. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  82. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  83. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  84. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  85. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  86. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  87. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  88. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  89. The Legend series by Marie Lu
  90. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  91. A Fistful of Honey by Malena Crawford
  92. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  93. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  94. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  95. Till We Have Faces by C.S.Lewis
  96. The Consequence of Ideas by R.C. Sproul
  97. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
  98. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  99. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  100. The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

We’d like to give a shout out to all the staff, teachers, and students who let us interview them for suggestions for the list: Mrs. Opitz, Mrs. Biesen, Mr. Lawrence, Samantha Mate-Freshman, Mr.Conway, Mrs. Hilbert, Mrs. Hack, Mrs. Seaborg, Mrs. Guevara, Ms. Ryan, Mrs. Hofferica, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Gorney, Liz Vujaklija, Natalie Klosowski,  Mrs. Lehnert, Señora Rybicki, Madame Floyd, Mr. Van Swol, Mrs. Krippel, and Mr. Gallagher.