1984 by George Orwell

 

George Winston faces his deepest fears in a futuristic, totalitarian state in which human beings are perpetually watched by Big Brother.

The African Queen by C. S. Forester

 

During WWI, two people, who are complete opposites, find themselves strongly attracted to each other as they make their way down an African river.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

 

Newland Archer finds love in 19th century fashionable New York.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque

 

Paul Baumer enlists in WWI enthusiastic and eager to fight but is soon awakened to the real horrors of war.

Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace

 

Chronicles the deep and moving saga of Judah Ben-Hur during the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity.

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

After learning the truth about his fatherís death, Richard Sheldon joins the Fellowship of the Black Arrow to seek revenge.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

John the Savage is thrust into a futuristic, amoral society and fights to retain his humanity.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri by James Michener

 

Tells the story of a group of American fighter pilots during the Korean War.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

 

Holden Caulfield struggles with life, love and loss in this coming of age story.

Cimarron by Edna Ferber

 

Tells the story of Yancey and his wife Sabra who settle and starts a newspaper in the Oklahoma territory in 1889.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurís Court by Mark Twain

 

A 19th century American is sent back to King Arthurís England where he becomes Boss.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

 

An undead count from Transylvania moves to England and wreaks havoc with his bloodthirstiness.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 

In this futuristic society, the government fears the knowledge that books bring and all books are illegal and burned if found.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

 

An ambulance driver in Italy during WWI decides not to fight any more.

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

 

Wang goes from humble farmer to wealthy landowner, but faces a whole new set of problem with his new status.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

 

This story tells of the Joad family as they are forced off their homestead and head to California, ďthe Promised Land.Ē

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

 

Pip is an orphan who has a mysterious benefactor pave the way for a better life, yet still finds himself caught in a web of mystery.

Great Short Works by Joseph Conrad

 

A collection of short stories by a master of the genre.

Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson

 

Story of an unlikely romance between a Venezuelan exile and a girl he finds in the forests.

 

Gulliverís Travels by Jonathan Swift

 

Gulliver journeys to many exotic places and experiences many strange things, including the Lilliputians who are only 6 inches tall.

Hard Times for These Times by Charles Dickens

 

Tells the story of hard-nosed, unimaginative and materialistic Thomas Gradgrind and his unhappy daughter during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

 

Tells of a journey through the Congo and the effects of white colonialism on Africa.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Bilbo Baggins finds his life irrevocably changed when Gandalf the wizard stops by one day for a visit.

The Hornblower Series by C.S. Forester

 

Horatio Hornblower serves in His Majestyís Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

A New England family fights to get our from a 200-year old curse.

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

 

Chronicles the childhood of Huw Morgan in a Welsh coal-mining village.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

 

A scientist is thrilled to discover the secret to invisibility, but it catapults him into the depths of the darker side of human nature.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

Spirited Jane Eyre falls in love with the mysterious Mr. Rochester, a man with many secrets.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

 

Novel credited with exposing the horrors of the meat packing industry and leading to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.

King Solomonís Mines by H. Rider Haggard

 

Follows the adventures of Allan Quatermain, a fortune hunter who travels to Africa.

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

 

Jim chooses the life of a sailor, but when his ship starts to sink, he panics and deserts the ship and his crewmates, an action that will have lasting consequences.

Lorna Doone by L.D. Blackmore

 

John Ridd, a farmer, falls in love with Lorna Doone, a beautiful young aristocrat who was kidnapped as a child.

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

 

Human beings come to Mars, conquer the Martians, and settle in to build a new civilization.

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

 

Symbolic story of a man who awakens one morning to discover, much to his own and his familyís horror, that he has turned into a giant bug.

Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and J.N. Hall

 

Fletcher Christian forms a mutiny against Captain Bligh on the H.M.S. Bounty

My Antonia by Willa Cather

 

Follows the life of Antonia, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants, who later becomes a wife and mother on a Nebraska farm during pioneer times.

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

 

A group of castaways are stranded on an island in the Pacific during the American Civil War.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

 

Chronicles Kerouacís journey with his friends over the North American continent.

The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Clark

 

Three innocent men are lynched out in the American West in a community lacking law and order.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

Dorian sells his soul for perpetual youth and immediate gratification.

The Pilgrimís Progress by John Bunyan

 

Also a Christian allegory, this story follows the progress of the pilgrim Christian as he journeys, physically and spiritually to the Celestial City.

The Plague by Albert Camus

 

Tale of an epidemic that serves as a symbol for the Nazi occupation of France.

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

 

A peasant boy becomes confused by a king, but both want to straighten things out.

Puddníhead Wilson by Mark Twain

 

A light-skinned black child is switched at birth, by his mother who fears for his life, with the slavemasterís son.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

 

Rebecca is swept off her feet by a widower and eagerly marries him, only to discover that his house is haunted by his first wifeís presence.

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

 

After Marcellus wins the Robe of Christ in a gambling match, he then sets out to trace its origins.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy

 

An English aristocrat, who is perceived as a hopeless fop, is actually a master of disguises who helps save people from the guillotine during the French Revolution.

Silas Marner by George Eliot

 

Silas Marner has a deep love for money and amassing wealth until a little orphan girl wanders into his life.

A Single Pebble by John Hersey

 

A young American engineer is sent to study the Yangtze River for possible dam sites and finds himself in conflict with the native people.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

 

A look at the life of Caddy Compson through the eyes of her three brothers.††

The Stranger by Albert Camus

 

An ordinary man finds himself involved in a murder on an Algerian beach.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

 

A group of American and British expatriates journey from Paris to Pamplona.

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

 

Retelling of the legend of King Arthur in which only the rightful heir to the kingdom may pull the sword.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

 

Story of the French Revolution in which the masses† rise up to overthrow the government and no one is safe from the guillotine.

Tarzan of the Apes by Edger Rice Burroughs

 

Tarzan is raised by the apes and becomes king of the jungle.† He is content with his life until he meets and falls in love with Jane.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

Attorney Atticus Finch finds himself, and his family, embroiled in a trial that splits apart his small Southern town.

Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

 

Putting a unique twist on an old legend, Steinbeck creates his own Camelot in Monterey, California and populates it with a band of knights.

Uncle Tomís Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

Controversial for its time, this anti-slavery novel tells a tale of the horrors of slavery in the deep south.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

 

Heathcliff falls passionately in love with a young lady who is above his station in life.† Inevitably jilted, he seeks revenge for years afterward.

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