Prepare SAT Summer Reading ListIt’s a great idea to bulk up your reading list while you’re preparing and studying for the SAT.

Did you know that frequent readers tend to do better on the Writing and Critical Reading portions of the SAT, which make up more than 50 percent of the test questions? It’s a great idea to bulk up your reading list while you’re preparing and studying for the SAT.

Below, we’ve put together a list of recommended reading materials for college-bound students that will help to hone your reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Don’t let what may sound like boring classics fool you, there are many adventures to be had here. Not only will you garner SAT skills, but you will be a step ahead for your future college reading assignments.



A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
Beloved Toni Morrison
Candide Voltaire
Collected Stories Eudora Welty
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Cyrano de Bergerac Rostand, Edmond
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Inferno Dante
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Long Day’s Journey into Night Eugene O’Neill
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Macbeth William Shakespeare
Moby Dick Herman Melville
Oedipus Rex Sophocles
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Marquez
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
Selected Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selected Tales Edgar Allan Poe
The Awakening Kate Chopin
The Call of the Wild London, Jack
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Crying of Lot 49 Pynchon, Thomas
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
The Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
The Mill on the Floss George Eliot
The Odyssey Homer
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf,
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett
Walden Henry David Thoreau