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100 Essential Books You Should Have Read in College

For many, college is a place to explore great literature and some of the most important writing that has shaped the way society thinks and functions. Of course, many students simply don’t have time to read all the great things they’d like to or should, especially while working or trying to take all of their required courses. Whether you’re in college now and are looking for some quality reading material or have already graduated and want to keep learning, these books offer a chance to be entertained, educated and emerge a much more well-read individual.
1-7 ::::::::::::::: Ancient texts
8 - 26 ::::::::::: Classics
27 - 34 ::::::::: Historical Fiction
35 - 45 ::::::::: Contemporary
46 - 53 ::::::::: Non-Western, Minority, and Female Authors
54 - 60 ::::::::: Biography, History, and Social Theory
61 - 72 ::::::::: Philosophy and Religion
73 - 82 ::::::::: Drama and Poetry
83 - 90 ::::::::: Science and Mathematics
91 - 95 ::::::::: Art
96 - 100 ::::::: Miscellaneous
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Beowulf
Beowulf
2
Iliad
Iliad
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
4
The Republic
The Republic
5
The Oresteia
The Oresteia
6
Oedipus Rex (Greece)
Oedipus Rex (Greece)
7
Aeneid
Aeneid
8
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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9
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
10
Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels
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Candide
Candide
12
Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
13
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
14
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
15
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
16
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
17
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
18
Bartleby, the Scrivener
Bartleby, the Scrivener
19
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
20
In the Penal Colony
In the Penal Colony
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21
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
22
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
23
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
24
Lolita
Lolita
25
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
26
Cannery Row
Cannery Row
27
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
28
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
29
Slaughter-House-Five
Slaughter-House-Five
30
The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans
31
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
32
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
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33
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
34
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
35
Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
36
Dead Souls
Dead Souls
37
Watership Down
Watership Down
38
Dandelion Wine
Dandelion Wine
39
I Served the King of England
I Served the King of England
40
Lord of the Ring Trilogy
Lord of the Ring Trilogy
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