Great Books!

Senior Recommended Reading

Current Recommendations:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (the whole Neapolitan series is wonderful!)

Epic Yarns:

The Soldier of the Great War, Mark Helprin

The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett

Solomon Gursky Was Here, Mordecai Richler

Mysteries and Spy Novels:

Pilgrim, Timothy Findley

The Bookman’s Wake, John Dunning

Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John LeCarre

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John LeCarre

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

Adventures and Stories of War:

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

The Wars,  Timothy Findley

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

The True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey

The Last Crossing,  Guy Vanderhaeghe


The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

Atonement, Ian McEwan

The Time Traveller’s Wife,  Audrey Niffeneffer

Jane Eyre,  Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Family Sagas:

House of Spirits,  Isabel Allende

Solomon Gursky Was Here, Mordecai Richler

Such a Long Journey,  Rohinton Mistry

Fall on Your Knees,  Ann Marie MacDonald

A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (rewrite of King Lear)

The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

Tales of Growing Up:

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Cat’s Eye,  Margaret Atwood

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt

Crow Lake,  Mary Lawson

The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

Multi-Cultural Perspective:

Jade Peony,  Wayson Choy

The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck

Disappearing Moon Cafe, Sky Lee

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

The Kitchen God’s Wife,  Amy Tan

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Such a Long Journey,  Rohinton Mistry

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Classics From Europe and Britian:

Of Human Bondage,  Somerset Maugham

(my personal favourite!)

Jane Eyre,  Charlotte Bronte

Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell

Canadian Classics:

Fifth Business, Robertson Davies

Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

Not Wanted on the Voyage, Timothy Findley

The Diviners, Margaret Laurence

Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro

Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden

Barney’s Version, Mordecai Richler

American Classics:

The Great Gatsby,  F. Scott Fitzgerald

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men,  John Steinbeck

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Catcher and the Rye, JD Salinger

On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Tragic Tear Jerkers:

Night,  Elie Weisel

Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt

The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Stories That Make You Laugh…and Cry…Then Laugh Again:

Catch 22, Joseph Heller

Slaughterhouse Five,  Kurt Vonnegut

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Cider House Rules, John Irving

Hotel New Hampshire,  John Irving

Fantasy, Science Fiction and the Dystopian:

The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

Fahrenheit 451,  Ray Bradbury

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

The Golden Compass,  Philip Pullman

1984,  George Orwell

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Blindness, Jose Saramago

Moral and Allegorical Tales:

The Alchemist,  Paulo Coelho

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Bel Canto,  Ann Patchett

The Colour Purple, Alice Walker

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee