CTL graduates become voracious readers: that’s a fact. But after 8th grade-and without booktalks and classroom libraries-it can be hard to find books for pleasure reading. Nancie created these lists of recommended titles for high school students looking for the next level of great books to read independently. If you’re a CTL alum who’s found a great book that’s not on the list, would you give Louise a call? We’d love to add your beloved new titles and spread the word.

Pleasure Reading for CTL Graduates

Adams, Douglas    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series

Adigo, Aravind    The White Tiger

Alexie, Sherman    Flight and Wardances

Allende, Isabel    The House of the Spirits, Ines of My Soul and Island Beneath the Sea

Anderson, Laurie Halse    Speak

Anderson, M.T.    The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: The Pox Party and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: The Kingdom on the Waves

Atkinson, Kate    Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Atwood, Margaret    Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, Moral Disorder, and Surfacing

Austen, Jane    Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park

Bank, Melissa    The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing and The Wonder Spot

Banks, Russell    Rule of the Bone and The Sweet Hereafter

Barker, Pat    Regeneration

Bauby, Jean-Dominique    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Beattie, Ann    Chilly Scenes of Winter

Benioff, David    City of Thieves

Bissinger, H.G.    Friday Night Lights

Bloom, Amy    Where the God of Love Hangs Out

Bolano, Roberto    The Savage Detectives

Bradbury, Ray    Fahrenheit 451

Bronte, Charlotte    Jane Eyre

Bryson, Bill    A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Thunderbolt Kid, and A Walk in the Woods

Bowden, Mark    Blackhawk Down

Burgess, Anthony    A Clockwork Orange

Byatt, A.S.    Possession

Carroll, Jim    The Basketball Diaries

Chabon, Michael    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Wonder Boys and Manhood for Amateurs

Chang, Jung    Wild Swans

Cheever, John    The Wapshot Chronicles

Colwin, Laurie    Happy All the Time, Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object

Desai, Kiran    The Inheritance of Loss

Diamond, Jared    Guns, Germs, and Steel

Dick, Phillip    Man in the High Castle

Dawidoff, Nicholas    The Crowd Sounds Happy

Doctorow, E.L.    Ragtime, The March, and The Book of Daniel

Donnelly, Jennifer    A Northern Light

Dorris, Michael    A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Draper, Sharon    Copper Sun

Dudman, Martha    Augusta Gone

Dumas, Alexander    The Count of Monte Cristo

DuMaurier, Daphne    Rebecca

Edwards, Kim    The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Eggers, Dave    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What, and Zeitoun

Ellison, Ralph    The Invisible Man

Enright, Anne    The Gathering

Eugenides, Jeffrey    Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides

Fitch, Janet    White Oleander

Fitzgerald, F. Scott    The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night

Fleming, Keith    The Boy with a Thorn in His Side

Foer, Jonathan Safran    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Forster, E.M.    Howard’s End and A Room with a View

Fowler, Karen    The Jane Austen Book Club

Fowles, John    The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Franzen, Jonathan    The Corrections

Frazier, Charles    Cold Mountain

Freudenberger, Neil    Lucky Girls

Gaiman, Neil    American Gods and Anansi Boys

Galloway, Gregory    As Simple as Snow

Garland, Alex    The Beach

Gilbert, Elizabeth    Stern Men

Gladwell, Malcolm    Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers

Golding, William    Lord of the Flies

Gore, Al    An Inconvenient Truth

Green, Hannah    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Griffin, John Howard    Black Like Me

Guest, Judith    Ordinary People

Guterson, David    Snow Falling on Cedars

Haddon, Mark    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Haig, Matt    The Dead Fathers Club

Harding, Paul    Tinkers

Harris, Jane    The Observations

Harris, Joanne    Chocolat

Haruf, Ken    Plainsong

Heller, Joseph    Catch-22

Herbert, Frank    Dune

Hijuelos, Oscar    Dark Dude

Hillenbrand, Laura    Seabiscuit

Hoffman, Alice    At Risk

Hornby, Nick    High Fidelity, About a Boy, and Slam

Hosseini, Khaled    The Kite Runner

Huxley, Aldous    Brave New World

Irving, John    The Ciderhouse Rules, Hotel New Hampshire, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The World According to Garp

Ishiguro, Kazuo    Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day

Janzen, Rhoda    Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

Johnson, Diane    Le Divorce

Johnson, Joyce    Minor Characters

Jones, Lloyd    Mr. Pip

Joravsky, Ben    Hoop Dreams

Junger, Sebastian    War

Karr, Mary    Cherry, Liar’s Club, and Lit

Kaysen, Susanna    Girl, Interrupted

Kidd, Sue Monk    The Secret Life of Bees

Kesey, Ken    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

King, Stephen    The Shining

Kingsolver, Barbara    Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible

Kneale, Matthew    When We Were Romans

Koertge, Ron    The Burn Journals

Korman, Gordon    Jake Reinvented

Kovic, Ron    Born on the Fourth of July

Krakauer, John    Into Thin Air and Into the Wild

Krauss, Nichole    The History of Love

Lamott, Anne    Blue Shoe

Lee, Harper    To Kill a Mockingbird

Lehane, Dennis    Mystic River

Letts, Billie    Where the Heart Is

Levy, Andrea    A Small Island

Lockhart, E.    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

London, Jack    The Call of the Wild

Lovell, James and Jeffrey Kluger    Apollo 13

Ludlum, Robert    The Bourne trilogy

Maclean, Norman    Young Men and Fire

McCann, Colin    Let the Great World Spin

McCarthy, Cormac    The Crossing, The Road, and No Country for Old Men

McCarthy, Mary    A Charmed Life and The Group

McEwan, Ian    Atonement and Saturday

Mailer, Norman    The Naked and the Dead

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia    Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude

Martel, Yann    Life of Pi

Martin, Steve    Shopgirl

Martinez, A. Lee    Gil’s All-Fright Diner

McCann, Colin    Let the Great World Spin

McCormick, Patricia    Purple Heart

Messud, Claire    The Emperor’s Children

Mezrich, Ben    Bringing Down the House

Minot, Susan    Evening and Monkeys

Moehringer, J.R.    The Tender Bar

Moody, Rick    The Ice Storm

Moore, Lorrie   * Birds of America, A Gate at the Stairs,* and Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?

Morrison, Toni    Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and A Mercy

Mosley, Walter    47

Munro, Alice    Dance of the Happy Shades, Friend of My Youth, Lives of Girls and Women, The Love of a Good Woman, Runaway and Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

Nabukov, Vladimir    Lolita and Pale Fire

Nafisi, Azar    Reading Lolita in Tehran

Nasar, Sylvia    A Beautiful Mind

Nicholls, David    One Day

Oates, Joyce Carol    We Were the Mulvaneys

Obama, Barack    Dreams from My Father

O’Brian, Patrick    The Master and Commander series

O’Brien, Tim    The Things They Carried, If I Die in a Combat Zone and Going After Cacciato

Ondaatje, Michael    The English Patient

O’Neill, Joseph    Netherland

Patchett, Anne    Bel Canto and Truth and Beauty: A Friendship

Perotta, Tom    Election

Pessl, Marisha    Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Plath, Sylvia    The Bell Jar

Prachett, Terry    Nation

Prose, Francine    Goldengrove

Proulx, E. Annie    The Shipping News

Reichl, Ruth    Tender at the Bone

Remarque, Erich Maria    All Quiet on the Western Front

Rice, Anne    Interview with the Vampire

Rich, Simon    Ant Farm

Robbins, Tom    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Robinson, Lewis    Water Dogs

Robinson, Marilyn    Gilead and Housekeeping

Rosoff, Meg    The Bride’s Farewell, How I Live Now, and What I Was

Roth, Phillip    Good-bye, Columbus and The Human Stain

Roy, Arundhati    The God of Small Things

Rushdie, Salman    Haroun and the Sea of Stories and Luka and the Fire of Life

Russo, Richard    Empire Falls

Sacco, Joe    Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde

Sagan, Carl    Contact

Salinger, J.D.    Catcher in the Rye

Satrapi, Marjane    Persepolis and Persepolis II

Schiff, David    Beautiful Boy

Sedaris, David    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Naked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day

Sharra, Michael    The Killer Angels

Shepard, Jim    Project X

Shields, Carol    Unless

Silverstein, Ken    The Radioactive Boy Scout

Simpson, Mona    Anywhere But Here

Sittenfeld, Curtis    Prep

Smiley, Jane    A Thousand Acres

Smith, Ali    The Accidental

Smith, Alison    Name All the Animals

Smith, Dodie    I Capture the Castle

Smith, Zadie    On Beauty and White Teeth

Spencer, Scott    Waking the Dead

Spiegelman, Art    Maus I and Maus II

Stewart, Leah    The Myth of You and Me

Stegner, Wallace    Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety

Stockett, Kathryn    The Help

Strout, Elizabeth    Amy and Isabelle and Olive Kitteridge

Sullivan, J. Courtney    Commencement

Swofford, Anthony    Jarhead

Tan, Amy    The Joy Luck Club

Tartt, Donna    The Secret History

Tinti, Hannah    The Good Thief

Toews, Miriam    A Complicated Kindness

Trillin, Calvin    About Alice, Remembering Denny, and others

Trumbo, Dalton    Johnny Got His Gun

Updike, John    The Centaur, Couples, The Witches of Eastwick, and the Rabbit trilogy

Vizzini, Ned    Be More Chill and It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Vonnegut, Kurt    Welcome to the Monkey House, Armageddon in Retrospect, Slapstick, and Slaughterhouse-Five

Walbert, Kate    A Short History of Women

Walls, Jeanette    The Glass Castle

Waugh, Evelyn    Brideshead Revisited

Wharton, Edith    House of Mirth

Whitehead, Colson    Sag Harbor

Wiesel, Elie    Night

Wolff, Tobias    In Pharaoh’s Army, Our Story Begins, Old School, and This Boy’s Life

Woolf, Virginia    To the Lighthouse and A Room of One’s Own

Wright, Richard    Native Son and Black Boy

Wroblewski, David   * The Story of Edgar Sawtelle*

Young, Rusty and Thomas McFadden    Marching Powder

Zusak, Markus    The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger

Zinn, Howard    A People’s History of the United States