The Ever-Growing “To Be Read” List

Is there anything I should add? Tell me what in the comments.


A

The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Aeneid translated by Robert Fitzgerald

Against Heresies by Irenaeus

The Age of Anxiety by W. H. Auden

The Alchemist by Ben Jonson

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“The Altar of the Dead” by Henry James

Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

“Amleth, Prince of Denmark” by Saxo Grammaticus

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Atonement by Ian McEwan

B

The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton

The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton

Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings by Diana Pavlac Glyer

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Beauty by Roger Scruton

Behind My Eyes by Li-Young Lee

Ben-Hur, a Tale of the Christ by Lewis Wallace

Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

The Big Four by Agatha Christie

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Blindness by José Saramago

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas (I WILL finish it someday!)

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior

The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

The Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

The Bradbury Chronicles by Sam Weller

Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars by Ray Bradbury

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch

The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney

C

Caduceus by Sørina Higgins

Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw

Can Poetry Matter? by Dana Gioia

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz

Catholic Tales and Christian Songs by Dorothy L. Sayers

Celtic Mythology by Prioncias MacCana

The Celtic Twilight by W. B. Yeats

A Certain World by W. H. Auden

The Chapel of the Thorn by Charles Williams

Charles Williams: The Third Inkling by Grevel Lindop

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlotte Brontë: a Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien

Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

The City in Which I Love You by Li-Young Lee

The City of God by St. Augustine

Collected Poems by Ruth Pitter

The Colour of Magic by Sir Terry Pratchett

The complete short stories of Leo Tolstoy

Confessions by St. Augustine (translated by Henry Chadwick)

The Consequences of Ideas by R. C. Sproul

The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Correspondence by Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Creators: From Chaucer and Dürer to Picasso and Disney by Paul Johnson

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence against Women and Girls by Elizabeth Gerhardt

Crow by Ted Hughes

The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney

Czesław Miłosz: Conversations by Cynthia Haven

D

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Biography by Jan Marsh

“The Dark Night” by St. John of the Cross

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok

Death by Living by N. D. Wilson

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

Death Is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury

The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought by Marilynne Robinson

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Descent into Hell by Charles Williams

“The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benét

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions by John Donne

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Disappeared by Roger Scruton

The Discarded Image by C. S. Lewis

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Dogmatics in Outline by Karl Barth

Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes

Door into the Dark by Seamus Heaney

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Dumb House by John Burnside

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays by W. H. Auden

E

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt

Escape from Reason by Francis A. Schaeffer

Essays on Woman by Edith Stein

The Essential Neruda by Pablo Neruda

Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment by James R. Gaines

F

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Reread)

Faith, Hope, and Poetry by Malcolm Guite

“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe

Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury

The Father Christmas Letters by J. R. R. Tolkien

Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More, Poet, Reformer, and Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior

The Figure of Beatrice by Charles Williams

Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001 by Seamus Heaney

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

From Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury

From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses by Siegfried Kracauer

From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple

G

Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life by Paul Mariani

The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis

The God of the Mundane by Matthew B. Redmond

God’s Battalions by Rodney Stark

Gods and Fighting Men by Lady Augusta Gregory

The Golden Age by John C. Wright

The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Graveyard Clay by Máirtín Ó Cadhain (translated by Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson)

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Greek Myths by Robert Graves

The Green Road by Anne Enright

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

H

Hamlet: Poem Unlimited by Harold Bloom

“Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” by C. S. Lewis

Hammer Is the Prayer: Selected Poems by Christian Wiman

“The Happy Man” by Jonathan Lethem

The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Having Decided to Stay by Bryana Johnson

Henry V by William Shakespeare

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

The High Deeds of Finn MacCool by Rosemary Sutcliff

History in English Words by Owen Barfield

Hitchcock/Truffaut by François Truffaut

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joe Loconte

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher

How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. Shaeffer

How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney

The Human Stain by Philip Roth

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

I

I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan edited by Eliza Griswold

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by René Girard

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard M. Weaver

If There Is Something to Desire by Vera Pavlova

In My Father’s House by Corrie ten Boom

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Inferno by Dante Alighieri

The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Interrogations at Noon by Dana Gioia

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Ireland’s Immortals: a History of the Gods of Irish Myth by Mark Williams

Irish Fairy and Folks Tales edited by W. B. Yeats

Is Christianity Good for the World? by Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson

J

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Jews of Silence by Elie Wiesel

John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard L. Sterne

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet by Eavan Boland

J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter

Judah’s Madness by Sandy Lesberg

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

K

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million by Martin Amis

L

Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving

Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl

Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Letters from Iceland by W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice

Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis

Letters to Children by C. S. Lewis

Letters to Malcolm by C. S. Lewis

Leviathan 99 by Ray Bradbury

Life, Letters, and Poetry by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Life Studies by Robert Lowell

Lilith by George MacDonald

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exeupery

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher

Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews by Sam Weller

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont

Love Letters from Cell 92 by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer

A Lying Spirit: A Primer on Holy Deception by Joshua Torrey

M

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis (Reread)

Man and Woman: A Divine Invention by Alice von Hildebrand

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Manalive by G. K. Chesterton

Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Malcolm Guite

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Max Perkins: Editor of Genius A. Scott Berg

Memoirs of a Happy Failure by Alice von Hildebrand

Miłosz: a Biography by Andrzej Franaszek

The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills

A Monk’s Alphabet by Jeremy Driscoll

“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare

The Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot

“The Murder in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe

Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich by Dietrich von Hildebrand

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Inventions by Nikola Tesla

Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor

N

A Naked Tree by Joy Davidman

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Names upon the Harp by Marie Heaney

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Native Realm by Czesław Miłosz

Nightmares and Daydreams by Ray Bradbury

The Ninety-Five Theses by Martin Luther

North by Seamus Heaney

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N. D. Wilson

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

O

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

The Odyssey by Homer

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

On the Art of Writing by Arthur Quiller-Couch

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One for the Morning Glory by John Barnes

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

Othello by William Shakespeare

Our Hands Are Stained with Blood by Michael L. Brown

Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman edited by Don W. King

Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

P

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Pendragon’s Heir by Suzannah Rowntree

Pensées by Blaise Pascal

Perelandra by C. S. Lewis

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

Phantastes by George MacDonald

The Pied Piper by Nevil Shute

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams

Planet Narnia by Michael Ward

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacob

Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag

The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey

Poetic Diction by Owen Barfield

Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland by Richard Russell

Poetry as Enchantment by Dana Gioia

Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar

Possession by A. S. Byatt

Power and Glory: Jacobean England and the Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicholson

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor

Present Concerns by C. S. Lewis

The Prince of Fishes by Suzannah Rowntree

R

The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens

Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview by Sam Weller

The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

Reading Dante by Prue Shaw

Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind by Charles Williams

Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis

The Republic by Plato

Richard III by William Shakespeare

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

Rose by Li-Young Lee

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien

S

Saint Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton

Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Saturday by Ian McEwan

Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning by Nancy Pearcey

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber

Seeing Things by Seamus Heaney

Selected Poems: 1931-2004 by Czesław Miłosz

Selected Poems: 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon

The Separate Notebooks by Czesław Miłosz

Silence by Shūsaku Endo

The Singing Bowl by Malcolm Guite

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction of Terry Pratchett by Sir Terry Pratchett

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The Soul of a Lion: The Life of Dietrich von Hildebrand by Alice von Hildebrand

Souls on Fire by Elie Wiesel

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Striving towards Being by Thomas Merton and Czesław Miłosz

A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside

The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Sweeney Astray by Seamus Heaney

“The Swimmer” by John Cheever

T

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Tales of the Hasidim by Martin Buber

Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton

Talking to My Body by Anna Swir

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Ten Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Imagination by Anthony Esolen

That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis

The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney

The Third Man by Graham Greene

The Thousand and One Nights

Through a Screen Darkly by Jeffrey Overstreet

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

‘Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told by Dikkon Eberhart

To Begin Where I Am by Czesław Miłosz

Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

The Town Beyond the Wall by Elie Wiesel

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

U

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

V

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success by Rodney Stark

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor

Visions from San Francisco Bay by Czesław Miłosz 

W

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Walking to Martha’s Vineyard by Franz Wright

Wallenberg: Missing Hero by Kati Marton

The Warden by Anthony Trollope

The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays by Wendell Berry

We Have Always Lived in a Castle by Shirley Jackson

We the Living by Ayn Rand

The Western Canon: the Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom

What’s Wrong with the World by G. K. Chesterton

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

“The White People” by Arthur Machen

William Morris: a Life for Our Time by Fiona MacCarthy

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

The Winged Seed: a Remembrance by Li-Young Lee

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

The Witness of Poetry by Czesław Miłosz

Women and C. S. Lewis edited by Carolyn Curtis and Mary Pomroy Key

The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation edited by Greg Delanty and Michael Matto

Words in Air: the Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell edited by Thomas Travisano

World’s Fair by E. L. Doctorow

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Y

You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith

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3 Theories of Everything by Ellis Potter

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

99 Poems by Dana Gioia

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro

1984 by George Orwell

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

16 thoughts on “The Ever-Growing “To Be Read” List

  1. There are many daunting books in this list,some of which I don’t think I’ll ever read!
    I’ll definitely read 1984,Wuthering Heights,Don Quixote,Brothers Karamazov,The Little Prince,Jane Eyre and Screwtape Letters,but The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,I Claudius,and the other Dickens are too daunting!
    I also see some of my favourites in the list.such as Animal Farm and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    If I had to suggest some books,I’d say some Booker Nominees and Winners and more modern classics? Like The Trial by Kafka,Labyrinths by Borges,Things Fall Apart by Achebe or Possession by A.S Byatt! If you want to see more modern classics,you can simply check out my list on my blog.Like yours,it is an ever-growing one.

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    1. I don’t think I’ll ever read every single thing on here. This is more of a day-dream than a to-do list. For instance, I doubt if I’ll ever get through Les Mis or The Divine Comedy, but I thought I’d at least try them. Really, a big part of the reason why I keep this list up here is so that I can remember all the books I planned to look for at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.!

      I’ve been anxious to get started on The Picture of Dorian Gray, but everything else keeps popping up in front of it. For instance, right now, I’m reading Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man and I’m loving it! But sooner or later, I plan to read Dorian Gray.

      I’ve never read Kafka, but I’ve heard good things about him, about how he changed some people’s lives and even helped some authors learn how to write for themselves. I might try him eventually (although I’ll be staying away from “The Metamorphosis” for some time. I don’t like bugs.)

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  2. Ah, a fellow bookworm! *waves shyly* You’ve got quite the TBR list here. Mind if I add some more books? I see you’ve got a book by Sayers here, which I had not heard of before, but I looked it up, and it looks simply fantastic. I would recommend her mystery stories — I’ve read Five Red Herrings and Murder Must Advertise, and they are both very splendid. Let’s see . . . another more classical book I have enjoyed incredibly is Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup . . . it’s a beautiful and poignant true story. I would also recommend The Giver by Lois Lowry; it gives a lot of food for the thought.

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    1. Hi there! *Waves back* Thanks for the suggestions. I wasn’t quite sure about The Giver at first, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so I think I might give it a try sometime. I’ve also been meaning to read Twelve Years a Slave. Being from Louisiana, I think I ought to know some that history.

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    1. Well I did put Anna Karenina on the list. 😉

      I do need to read more Tolstoy. I read his short story “The Three Hermits” and I greatly enjoyed it, so I look forward to reading more of him in the future.

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