Non-11th Grade Reading List

Here’s the official reading list. If you would like to suggest a book be added to the list, please post your suggestion in the comment thread, below.

Official Reading List

Books Genre Pages Description
Abbey, Edward – The Monkeywrench Gang Comedy/Drama 480 pgs. An eco-gang vandalizes development of open spaces in Southern Utah.
Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice Classic 320 pgs. An woman tries not to fall in love with an unlikable rich man.
Auster, Paul – Moon Palace Magical Realism 320 pgs. A young man finds out about his family.
Auster, Paul – Mr. Vertigo Magical Realism 304 pgs. A boy is taught to levitate as a sideshow act.
Bach, Richard – Jonathan Livingston Seagull Existentialist Drama 112 pgs. A fable of a seagull that seeks a higher purpose than conformity.
Bester, Alfred – The Stars My Destination Science Fiction 272 pgs. The Count of Monte Cristo in space.
Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451 Science Fiction 208 pgs. In the future “firemen” burn all books.
Bradbury, Ray – The Martian Chronicles Science Fiction 192 pgs. Short stories about life on Mars.
Capote, Truman  – Breakfast At Tiffany’s Drama 100 pgs. A writer makes friends with a society girl.
Capote, Truman  – Other Voices, Other Rooms Drama/Coming of Age 240 pgs. A boy goes to live with crazy relatives.
Card, Orson Scott – Ender’s Game Science Fiction 384 pgs. A boy is sent to army camp on a space station.
Chbosky, Stephen – The Perks of Being a Wallflower Drama 224 pgs. A boy makes friends in high school.
Chevalier, Tracy – Girl with a Pearl Earring Drama 240 pgs. A girl is hired as a maid for a Dutch painter in the 17th century.
Chopin, Kate – The Awakening Drama 192 pgs. A woman leaves her family to search for fulfillment.
Coelho, Paulo – The Alchemist Fantasy 208 pgs. A boy travels from Spain to Africa to search for treasure.
Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities Drama/Classic 544 pgs. A family struggles through the French Revolution.
Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations Drama/Classic 544 pgs. An orphan is given an inheritance.
Egan, Greg – Permutation City Hard Science Fiction 352 pgs. A theoretical world is created on a computer network.
Eggers, Dave – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Memoir/Drama/Non-Fiction 496 pgs. A young man tries to raise his little brother in San Francisco.
Eugenides, Jeffery – Middlesex: A Novel Drama 544 pgs. A narrator tells the story of his Greek family.
Eugenides, Jeffery – The Virgin Suicides Drama 224 pgs. The story of six sisters in suburban Michigan in the ’60’s.
Frazier, Charles – Cold Mountain Drama/Historical 464 pgs. A man abandons the Civil War to return to a girl back home.
Gibran, Kahlil – The Prophet Drama 107 pgs. A man tells what he’s learned in life.
Golding, William – Lord of the Flies Drama/Classic 192 pgs. Children crash land on an island and create a society.
Guterson, David – Snow Falling on Cedars Drama 460 pgs. A reporter witnesses racism in a murder trial on an island in Puget Sound during the late ‘40s.
Goldman, William – The Princess Bride Fantasy 416 pgs. A man rescues his true love from an unwanted marriage.
Haddon, Mark – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mystery 226 pgs. An autistic boy solves the mystery of a dog’s murder.
Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms Drama 336 pgs. A soldier tries to escape the horrors of WWI with a nurse.
Hemingway, Ernest – For Whom the Bell Tolls Drama 480 pgs. An American aids guerillas and falls in love in the Spanish Civil War.
Hemingway, Ernest – The Old Man and the Sea Drama 128 pgs. An old man catches a big fish.
Hemingway, Ernest – The Sun Also Rises Drama 256 pgs. A man fails to connect with a woman during the bull fights in Pamplona.
Hoffman, Alice – Seventh Heaven Magical Realism/Drama 276 pgs. A series of neighbor’s stories are revealed in 1960’s Long Island.
Hesse, Herman – Siddhartha Drama 224 pgs. A man changes lives several lifestyles seeking enlightenment.
Hugo, Victor – Les Miserables Drama/Classic 1488 pgs. A convict raises an orphan against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World Drama/Classic 288 pgs. A man fails to integrate into a conformist dystopian society.
Hughart, Barry – Eight Skilled Gentlemen Fantasy/Mystery 268 pgs. An ancient Chinese sage investigates a murder.
Irving, John – The Cider House Rules Drama 576 pgs. An orphan becomes an orchardman rather than perform abortions at his orphanage.
Kerouac, Jack – On the Road Drama/Memoir 304 pgs. A man relates his travels with wild friends across America in the 1950’s.
Kerouac, Jack – The Dharma Bums Drama 224 pgs. A man compares his wild city life and his slower life out in nature.
King, Stephen – Hearts in Atlantis Drama/Fantasy 688 pgs. Stories intertwine around events in the character’s lives in the 60’s.
Kingsolver, Barbara – The Poisonwood Bible Drama 576 pgs. A girl goes to The Congo with her Baptist missionary family in the ’60’s.
Knowles, John – A Separate Peace Drama/Young Adult/Classic 208 pgs. A man revisits his youth at an exclusive eastern prep school.
Konigsburg, E.L. – From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Drama/Newberry/Kid’s 176 pgs. Two children run away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Krakauer, John – Into Thin Air Memoir/Drama/Non-Fiction 368 pgs. The real life story of the greatest tragedy on Mt. Everest.
L’Amour, Louis – The Walking Drum Adventure/Historical 480 pgs. An 11th century man seeks his father from France to the Persian Empire.
Larson, Erik – The Devil in the White City Non-Fiction/Historical 447 pgs. The history of the 1893 world fair and a serial killer active at the time.
Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mocking Bird Drama/Classic 288 pgs. A girl’s father defends a black man accused of rape in the Depression era South.
Leiber, Fritz – The Green Millennium Science Fiction 153 pgs. A loser is only happy in the presence of a green cat.
L’Engle, Madeline – A Wrinkle in Time Science Fiction 224 pgs. A girl searches for her father by bending space and time.
Lewis, C.S. – Till We Have Faces Fantasy 313 pgs. A young woman struggles when her sister is kidnapped by a god.
Martin, Steve – Shopgirl Drama 144 pgs. A young woman is wooed by an older man.
Martin, Steve – The Pleasure of My Company Comedy/Drama 176 pgs. An emotionally disturbed man befriends a woman next door.
McCarthy, Cormac – No Country for Old Men Drama 320 pgs. A man runs from a killer sent to retrieve a bag of money he stole.
McCourt, Frank – Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Memoir/Drama/Non-Fiction 368 pgs. A man relates his childhood growing up poor in Ireland.
McCullers, Carson – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Drama 368 pgs. Several characters long for emotional connections in ’30’s Georgia.
Morrow, James – Towing Jehovah Fantasy 384 pgs. A disgraced ships captain tows God’s giant corpse to the Arctic for burial.
Paterson, Katherine – Jacob Have I Loved Drama/Young Adult 256 pgs. A girl grows up feeling unloved on an island in the Chesapeake Bay.
Pierce, Meredith Anne – The Darkangel Fantasy/Young Adult 256 pgs. A girl is kidnapped to be a vampire’s maid but falls in love with him.
Plummer, Louise – The Romantic Obsessions and Humiliations of Annie Sehlmeir Drama/Young Adult 136 pgs. A Dutch girl must adjust to her new life in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Potok, Chaim  – My Name is Asher Lev Drama 384 pgs. An orthodox Jewish boy must choose between religion and painting.
Proulx, E. Annie – The Shipping News Drama 352 pgs. A man moves his daughters to Newfoundland and rediscovers his heritage.
Raskin, Ellen – The Westing Game Drama/Newberry/Kid’s 192 pgs. Heirs of a rich man gather in their apartment building to solve his murder.
Salinger, JD  – Catcher in the Rye Drama 288 pgs. A boy runs away from school as his life unravels in New York City.
Stegner, Wallace – Angle of Repose Drama/Historical 592 pgs. A paraplegic narrates his grandparents lives in the West.
Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath Drama 464 pgs. An depression era family struggles to stay together as they migrate west.
Steinbeck, John – The Pearl Drama 96 pgs. A Mexican pearl diver tries to sell a huge black pearl to save his sick son.
Steinbeck, John – The Winter of Our Discontent Drama 288 pgs. A man abandons his high ideals to try to win wealth and respect.
Steinbeck, John – East of Eden Drama 601 pgs. Cain and Abel’s story is retold over two generations of an American family.
Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings Fantasy 1216 pgs. A hobbit tries to destroy a ring to save the world from evil.
Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Drama/Classic 320 pgs. An orphan runs away with a slave and travels down the Mississippi River.
White, T.H. – The Once and Future King Fantasy 639 pgs. King Arthur is trained by Merlin how to rule.
Wolfe, Thomas – Look Homeward, Angel Drama/Coming of Age 544 pgs. A boy grows up in rural North Carolina.
Yoshikawa, Eiji – Musashi Adventure/Historical 970 pgs. A wild man becomes the greatest samurai in Japanese history.
  1. jonathan aspittle
    September 5, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Would you be willing to add Oscar Wilde to your list? Specifically ‘The Portrait of Dorian Grey’?

    • gherdy
      September 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

      naturally. go ahead and read it; i’ll add it to the list.

  2. Ashley Brown
    September 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Could I read Burning Chrome by William Gibson for the report?

    • gherdy
      September 9, 2009 at 8:13 am

      William Gibson works for me. Go ahead. MT

  3. Anna Lensch
    September 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I see nothing by Robert Louis Stevenson- I thought for sure something of his would be on here. Would any of Stevenson’s books work? I only ask because I am reading a collection of his stories all at once, chiefly “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.

    • gherdy
      September 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm

      Definitely. Stevenson is in. MT

  4. September 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    hi. hi. hi. hi. uhhhh… i’m reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.


    also, you should know that it’s very strange to be back here. like this. i don’t plan on doing it anytime soon. also i thought i deleted this account. i will log off immediately after the post. ready…

    • gherdy
      September 17, 2009 at 7:56 am

      it’s a good idea to read that book.


      you can’t log off of The Past.

      you can’t make us all forget one-piece pajamas. with feet. no.

  5. taylor zamudio
    September 23, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Running with Scissors and Dry by Augusten Burroughs.

    I think they’d be good for the reading list. Yes?

    • gherdy
      September 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

      yes, ma’am. those are fine.

  6. taylor zamudio
    September 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm


  7. Daniel Lindsey
    October 4, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Hi. ummmmmm. Is it alright if i read The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice???

    • gherdy
      October 5, 2009 at 8:52 am



  8. jonathan aspittle
    October 7, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Mary Shelly? Frankenstein, will that work?

  9. Gabrielle Gioffre
    October 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    1984 George Orwell?

    • gherdy
      October 20, 2009 at 9:07 am

      But of course.

  10. Ashley Brown
    November 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Wait!!! I talked to you and you said that I couldn’t read Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King, but it’s on the list… Can i read it then?
    I’m thoroughly confused Matt…

    • gherdy
      November 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

      Sorry–I forgot that was on there. So yes, you can read that.

  11. Aleinna Smith
    November 18, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
    The reign of King Henry VIII.

  12. Allen Hamrick
    November 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    (i hope this is the right place to post the book reviews)

    Allen Hamrick
    4th period
    Lord of the flies

    Lord of the flies is the story of a group of children who are stranded on an island, after a wartime evacuation in which their plane crashed, and what they go through to survive until they can be rescued, one of their main duty’s it to keep a signal fire burning at all times to attract boats or planes or anything that might help them.

    On the island the children separate into specialized groups, one for hunting, on for providing the shelter, and one for maintaining the signal fire. As the days go on the leader of the hunters, Jack, takes all of the children down to hunt a wild pig, even the ones maintaining the signal fire. Although the hunt is successful, a ship passed by during the hunt and the signal fire had gone out. Around this time some of the children had reported seeing a “beast” which Jack promises to kill. While searching for it they encounter the corpse and the open parachute of a fighter pilot who has landed on the island and mistake it as the “beast” sleeping.

    I like how this book is basically, a decent into savagery. This is really just me talking but that kind of thing really speaks to me, doing what you can and must to survive. It also speaks to my childhood a bit, a bunch of children all alone and getting along with each other for a little while but eventually tension begins to grow and they stop trusting each other. It also reminded me of an old story I heard about military personnel stranded on an island, they took a bunch of bullets before finally going down. I don’t know exactly why I put that in there… just weird I guess.

    As for my recommendation I would say that anybody interested in island survival, eating a pig and fire (I know that speaks to a lot of people at East Hollywood) this book is defiantly something you will want to read and something I recommend mike Jones to read next term wink wink… all fooling aside I do think this would be a good book for most people at EHHS, I didn’t pick up much of the historical context stuff though but I think that’s just me.

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