The Official Book List

As someone who considers himself well-read, one of the most popular requests I get from people is for a book list. Books that I have read that have made me who I am today. Below is a list of curated works that I think are essential for the modern reader to educate themselves and to increase their general intelligence.

Below I have grouped several books into broad categories. I am sure that I have probably left a few favorites of the well-read out. However, for any general reader seeking to increase their intelligence this list should prove to be organized and beneficial.

Literary Fiction

  • Robinson 
Crusoe
 by
 Daniel
 Dafoe
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Tess of d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Marquis de Sade Reader (Justine, Julliette, 120 days in Sodom Libertine)
  • Treasure
 Island
 by
 Robert 
Louis
 Stevenson
  • On
 the
 Road 
by
 Jack
 Kerouac
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • A
 River 
Runs
 Through 
It
 by 
Norman 
F.
 Maclean
  • Hatchet
 by 
Gary
 Paulsen
  • Ulysses 
by 
James
 Joyce
  • Crime
 And
 Punishment 
by 
Fyodor 
Dostoevsky
  • Tarzan 
of 
the 
Apes
 by 
Edgar
 Rice 
Burroughs
  • To 
Kill
 a 
Mockingbird
 by 
Harper 
Lee
  • Moby
 Dick 
by
 Herman 
Melville
  • The
 Count
 of 
Monte
 Cristo 
by 
Alexandre
 Dumas
  • Oil! by Upton Sinclair
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The 
Great
 Gatsby 
by 
F.
Scott
Fitzgerald
  • Slaughterhouse‐Five 
by 
Kurt
Vonnegut
  • Brothers
 Karamazov 
by 
Fyodor 
Dostoevsky
  • The
 Catcher 
and 
the
 Rye 
by 
J.D.
Salinger
  • For 
Whom 
the 
Bell
 Tolls
 by
 Ernest 
Hemingway
  • The
 Picture
 of
 Dorian 
Gray
 by 
Oscar
 Wilde
  • Call
 of 
the
 Wild 
by
 Jack 
London
  • Into 
the 
Wild 
by 
Jon 
Krakauer
  • The 
Rough 
Riders
 by
 Theodore
 Roosevelt
  • The 
Thin
 Red 
Line
 by
 James
 Jones
  • Adventures
 of 
Huckleberry 
Finn
 by
 Mark
 Twain
  • Cyrano 
de 
Bergerac
 by
 Edmond 
Rostand
  • Tropic
 of 
Cancer
 by 
Henry 
Miller
  • The
 Naked
 and
 The 
Dead
 by 
Norman
 Mailer
  • A
 Separate 
Peace 
by 
John 
Knowles
  • A 
Farewell
 To 
Arms
 by
 Ernest
 Hemingway
  • Into
 Thin 
Air
 by
 John 
Krakauer
  • King
 Solomon’s
 Mines
 by
 H.
Rider
 Haggard
  • Lonesome 
Dove
 by
 Larry 
McMurtry
  • The
 Maltese
 Falcon
 by 
Dashiell
 Hammett
  • Undaunted
 Courage
 by
 Stephen 
Ambrose
  • Cannery 
Row 
by 
John 
Steinbeck
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Fight Club by Christopher Palahnuk
  • Catch‐22
 by
 Joseph
 Heller
  • Walden 
by 
Henry 
David 
Thoreau
  • Lord
 of
 the
 Flies
 by 
William
 Golding
  • The Master
 and 
Margarita 
by 
Mikhail 
Bulgakov
  • Bluebeard
 by
 Kurt
 Vonnegut
  • Precious by Sapphire
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter s. Thompson
  • Naked by David Sedaris
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Philosophy

  • Atlas
 Shrugged
 by 
Ayn
 Rand
  • The 
Metamorphosis
 by
 Franz
 Kafka
  • Leviathan
 by
 Thomas 
Hobbes
  • Beyond
 Good
 and 
Evil
 by
 Freidrich 
Nietzsche
  • Fear
and
 Trembling
 by 
Soren
 Kierkegaard
  • Brave 
New 
World
 by
 Aldous 
Huxley
  • Foucault’s
 Pendulum
‐
Umberto 
Eco
  • The
 Stranger 
by 
Albert 
Camus
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Religion

  • The Quran
  • The 
Bible (particularly, Job, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, John, Ruth, Esther, Psalms, and Proverbs in the Living Translation)
  • Siddhartha
  • Tao Te Ching (The Book of Changes)
  • Steppenwolf 
by 
Herman
 Hesse
  • A History of God by Karen Armstrong

Classics

  • The 
Iliad 
and 
Odyssey
 of
 Homer
  • The Aeneid by Virgil
  • The Erotic Poetry by Ovid
  • The
 Divine
 Comedy
 by
 Dante
 Alighieri
  • The 
Histories 
by 
Herodotus
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • The
 Republic 
by 
Plato
  • The
 Art 
of 
Warfare
 by
 Sun
 Tzu
  • Lives 
of 
the
 Noble
 Greeks 
and 
Romans
 by 
Plutarch
  • The
 Politics
 by 
Aristotle
  • The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Politics

  • Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
  • Tales of my Father by Barack Obama
  • Decision Points by George W. Bush
  • Das Kapital by Karl Marx
  • The
 Prince
 by 
Niccolo 
Machiavelli
  • Transcriptions of the Constitutional Convention (United States)
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • Animal
 Farm
 by
 George
 Orwell
  • 1984
 by
 George
 Orwell
  • Lincoln by Gore Vidal
  • Texas by James A. Michener
  • Centennial by James A. Michener
  • All
 Quiet
 on
 The
 Western
 Front
 by
 Erich
 Maria
 Remarq
  • Malcolm
 X:
 The
 Autobiography
  • The 
Strenuous
 Life
 by 
Theodore
 Roosevelt
  • On War by Carl von Clausewitz
  • The Second Treatise by John Locke

Shakespeare

  • King Lear
  • Richard III
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Taming of the Shrew

Fun

  • Winnie the Pooh by E. E. Milne
  • Dial M for Murder by Agatha Christie
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • The
 Rise 
of
 Theodore
 Roosevelt 
by
 Edmund 
Morris
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  • The Chronicles of Narnia

Additional Notes

Any reader of Tennessee Williams Plays would be beneficial. Also, if you want to experiment with classics of antiquity readers of Cicero, Horace, and Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger are helpful.