Books Everyone Should Read!

I’ve wanted to do this for ages, so here goes. These are some of the books/plays/poets that I think (this is just my opinion!) everyone should read before they die. If anyone wants to add to the list, then please do by commenting or reblogging!

Originally posted by blackewhitelover

Fantasy and/or Children’s Novels: 

  • The Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling. Anyone who knows me, knows that I will always love Potter, until the very end. 
  • The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis.
  • The Percy Jackson Series – Rick Riordan. All of his books are great, not just this series, but the others too.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Oz Books) – L. Frank Baum.
  • The Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Clare.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket.
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • The Once & Future King – T. H. White. 

Dystopian and/or Utopian Novels: 

  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins.
  • The Maze Runner Trilogy – James Dashner. 
  • The Divergent Trilogy – Veronica Roth.
  • The Giver Quartet – Lois Lowry.
  • Lord of the Flies –  William Golding.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale –  Margaret Atwood.
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy.

Gothic and/or Horror Novels:

  • Dracula – Bram Stoker.
  • The Beetle: A Mystery – Richard Marsh.
  • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter.
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley.
  • The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Writings – Edgar Allen Poe.
  • Interview with a Vampire – Anne Rice.
  • The Darren Shan Series – Darren Shan. 
  • Salem’s Lot – Stephen King.
  • Dreamcatcher – Stephen King.
  • The Shining – Stephen King.
  • Carrie – Stephen King. 

Young Adult and/or Influential Novels:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee (I have Go Set A Watchman but I still need to reach it!). 
  •  Oranges Aren’t The Only Fruit –  Jeanette Winterson.
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger. 
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini. 
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffery Eugenides. 
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky. 
  • All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven. 
  • Attachments – Rainbow Rowell. 
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell.
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. 
  • Landline – Rainbow Rowell.
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell.
  • Looking For Alaska – John Green.
  • An Abundance of Katherines – John Green.
  • Paper Towns – John Green.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars – John Green.
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews. 

Crime and/or Thriller Novels: 

  • The Alex Rider Series – Anthony Horowitz.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling –  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). 
  • The Silkworm –  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
  • Career of Evil –  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).


  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde.
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen.
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen.
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen.
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte.
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte.
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck.
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens.
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck.
  • Moby-Dick; or, The Whale – Herman Melville.
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens.
  • The Beach –  Alex Garland.

Plays (read them and if you can see a performance or two, there’s nothing like the theatre):

  • The Oresteia –  Aeschylus.
  • The Three Theban Plays – Sophocles.
  • The Odyssey – Homer. 
  • The Iliad – Homer. 
  • William Shakespeare’s Plays (these are just a few of my favourites!): 
  • Titus Andronicus.
  • Measure for Measure. 
  • Macbeth.
  • Hamlet.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • The Merchant of Venice.
  • As You Like It.
  • Twelfth Night.
  • The Duchess of Malfi – John Webster. 


  • William Blake’s Poetry – Literally one of my favourite poets. 
  • William Wordsworth’s Poetry.
  • War Poetry –  two of my favourites are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
  • Sylvia Plath’s Poetry – C’mon, who hasn’t read her work?
  • Carol Ann Duffy – I love her. 

I think that’s all I have for now. I know I’m missing loads, but this is what I’ve been able to come up with so far. Also, just because she asked this is for the lovely @glide-thru (on Tumblr), I read a lot 😛

9 thoughts on “Books Everyone Should Read!

  1. Good books are hard to come by nowadays, especially when the genuinely good books are buried under mediocre stories.
    Thanks for the list!

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