Homeschool High School Reading Lists


Why do we have our high schoolers read? It certainly is not for the same reasons we had our elementary students reading. I’m reminded of a passage from Christopher Paolini’s book “Eldest” in which Eragon is being trained as a Dragon Rider and is asked to read many scrolls. He discovers a love for reading these finding that they challenge his beliefs and perceptions of the world while widening his perspective. This is, in my opinion, why teenagers need to read. Many of the classics will help them to think about things in new and different ways. Reading helps them to understand why they believe the way they do and prepares them to become thinking adults.

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Alabama Moon
by Watt Key

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

Gulliver’s Travels

by Jonathan Swift

Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

The Last of the Mohicans

by James Fenimore Cooper

Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

The Strange Case of

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Education of Little Tree
by Forrest Carter

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Inheritance Cycle

by Christopher Paolini

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles

Holding the Future Hostage

by Tialla Rising

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

The Pilgrim’s Progress

by John Bunyan

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand

Revenge Child

by Cindy Wooldridge

The Killer Angels

by Michael Shaara

The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

The Odyssey

by Homer

The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo

Here I Stand

A Life of Martin Luther

by Roland H. Bainton

The Tragedy of Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

The Constitution of the

United States

The Necklace

by Guy de Maupassant

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Common Sense

by Thomas Paine

Everyman

by Anonymous

The Yearling

by Marjorie Rawlings

Gone With The Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

Emma

by Jane Austen

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

The Lord of The Rings Trilogy

by J. R. R. Tolkien

David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens

The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Great Tales and Poems

by Edgar Allen Poe

The Screwtape Letters

by C. S. Lewis

For Whom The Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Book Thief

by Marcus Zusak

Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy

War & Peace

by Leo Tolstoy

Stopping By Woods on

a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

1984

by George Orwell

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

Self-Reliance and other Essays

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In truth, it doesn’t matter much the grade in which your student reads these books. You can pick and choose when and what to have your students read. There are obviously many more books you could add to this list. However, this is a great starting point.

You might try reading these books along with your teen and then discussing them. It can also be a great idea to correlate the book your student is reading with what they are studying in other subjects. For instance, if your student is learning about the Civil War, you could have them read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” simultaneously. Also keep in mind that many of these books can be found for free online as audio books or e-books.

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About 

Dee and her husband have been married since 1993. She has been homeschooling her 3 children (boy '98, girl '00, boy '01) for over 10 years. Her youngest child has Asperger's Syndrome. She enjoys crocheting and running (not at the same time) to relieve stress.


June 25, 2014

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