Good Reads by Genre

MY TOP TEN

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

1984 George Orwell

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

Catch-22 Joseph Heller

The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende

A Land Remembered Patrick D. Smith

Animal Farm George Orwell

Junkie William S. Burroughs

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CLASSIC

Slaughter House V Kurt Vonnegut

The Lord of the Flies William Golding 

The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

Night Eli Weisel 

The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane 

Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 

Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neal Hurston

The Stranger Albert Camus 

A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 

The Pearl John Steinbeck

All Quiet on the Western Front Eric Marie-Remarche

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

Brave New World Auldous Huxley

Franny and Zooey J.D. Salinger

The Awakening Kate Chopin

The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck

Chronicle of a Death Foretold Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Pedro Paramo Juan Rulfo

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

SCIENCE FICTION

Great White Peter Benchley

Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

The Lost World Michael Crichton

The Invisible Man H.G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells

The Time Machine H.G. Wells

The First Men in the Moon H.G. Wells

FANTASY

Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling

HORROR

At the Mountains of Madness H.P. Lovecraft

Jaws Peter Benchley

Cujo Stephen King

Misery Stephen King

Rose Madder Stephen King

WESTERN 

True Grit Charles Portis

DETECTIVE/MYSTERY

Columbo: The Helter Skelter Murders William Harrington

The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

HISTORICAL

The Last Full Measure Jeff Shaara

The Killer Angels Michael Shaara

Gods and Generals Jeff Shaara

Rough Riders Theodore Roosevelt

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Edmund Morris

YOUNG ADULT

Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls

Rifles for Waitie Harold Keith

Old Yeller Fred Gipson

The Yearling Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Black Stallion (and series) Walter Farley

Big Red (and series) Jim Kjelgaard

Hatchet (and series) Gary Paulson

Peter Pan J.M. Barrie

SHAKESPEARE/POETRY

Hamlet 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Taming of the Shrew

Othello

Macbeth

Julius Caesar 

Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet 

Richard III

Measure for Measure

Cymbeline

King Lear

The Tempest

Dante’s Inferno Dante Alligheri

NOTABLE SHORT STORIES

Stephen Crane: The Open Boat, A Ghoul’s Accountant (adapted into film by GMP)

H.P. Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror, The Colour Out of Space

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Camel’s Back (reworked as a screenplay by GMP), Bernice Bobs Her Hair 

Stephen King: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, The Children of the Corn

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Bierce

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Mark Twain

Most Popular Author*: William Shakespeare (13) H.G. Wells (5) Ernest Hemingway (3) Stephen King (3) Peter Benchley (2) Michael Crichton (2) George Orwell (2) J.D. Salinger (2) Jeff Shaara (2)

*Does not include short stories or poetry

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