RECOMMENDED READINGS

This is my growing list of titles that are the most important books in the history of the world. 

This list includes books of every different “genre.” Any titles that have such a name as “the collected works of…” or “selections of…” can easily be found by searching for the authors name and a publisher of the works (such as Penguin Classics or Oxford World Classics). 

Additionally, I am trying to ever improve this list; thus, if you have a suggestion for a book you think should be included or excluded, let me know and I will consider making a change. 

Unfortunately, this list is ordered alphabetically with the author’s first name listed first. This is not ideal. In the future, I will work on listing the author’s last name first, starting with older books and working to more recent ones (meaning, putting the books into their appropriate eras), dividing the works up into meta categories to fit in their respective ages, and including links so that all the books could be more easily purchased. 

I also plan to make a shorter list of 100 top books. For now, however, and despite its vast amount of inadequacies, this must do. 

A.A. Milne: The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh
Abolqasem Ferdowsi: Shahnameh
Abraham Lincoln: Collected Speeches
Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations
Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf
Adomna of Iona: Life of St. Columba
Aeschylus: Oresteia (Complete)
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bond
Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes
Aeschylus: Suppliant Maidens
Aeschylus: The Persians
Aesop: Aesop’s Fables
Albert Camus: The Stranger
Albert Einstein: Ideas and Opinions
Albert Einstein: My Philosophy
Albert Einstein: Relativity
Alcuin: Selected Works
Aldous Huxley: Brave New World
Alexander Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexander Dumas: The Three Musketeers
Alexander Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Alexander Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago
Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Alfred North Whitehead: Science and the Modern World
Allan Bloom: The Closing of the American Mind
Anne Bradstreet: The Collected Works of Anne Bradstreet
Anonymous: Beowulf
Anonymous: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Anonymous: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Anonymous: Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos
Anton Chekhov: Short Stories
Apuleius: The Golden Ass
Archimedes: Select Works
Aristophanes: Complete Works
Aristotle: Complete Works
Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman
Arthur Schopenhauer: Studies in Pessimism
Ayn Rand: Atlas Shrugged
Baruch Spinoza: Ethics
Baruch Spinoza: Political Treatise
Bede: Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Bertrand Russell: The Problems of Philosophy
Bertrand Russell: Why I am not a Christian
Blasie Pascal: Pensees
Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy
C.S. Lewis: God in the Dock
C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis: Miracles
C.S. Lewis: Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis: The Great Divorce
C.S. Lewis: The Problem of Pain
C.S. Lewis: The Space Trilogy
C.S. Lewis: The Weight of Glory and Other Essays
C.S. Lewis: Till We Have Faces
Carl von Clausewitz: On war
Carlo Collodi: The Adventures of Pinocchio
Catholic Church: The Catechism
Cato the Younger: The Collected Works of Cato
Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens: Bleak House
Charles Dickens: David Copperfield
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Charles Dickens: Hard Times
Charles Dickens: Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist
Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre
Chretien de Troyes: Arthurian Romances
Christine de Pisan: The Treasure of the City of Ladies
Christopher Hitchens: God is not Great
Christopher Hitchens: Morality
Cicero: The Laws
Cicero: The Republic
Cicero: On Duties
Confucius: The Analects
Daneil Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Dennett: Breaking the Spell
Dante Alighieri: Divine Comedy
David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest
David Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
David Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Desiderius Erasmus: In Praise of Folly
Dorothy Sayers: The Song of Roland
Douglas Wilson & Douglas Jones: Angels in the Architecture
E.B. White: Charlotte’s Web
E.M. Forster: A Passage to India
Edgar Allan Poe: The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edith Hamilton: Mythology
Edith Warton: The Age of Innocence
Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene
Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
Emily Dickens: Collected Poems
Epictetus: The Discourses
Ernest Hemmingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemmingway: The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemmingway: The Sun Also Rises
Euclid: Euclid’s Elements
Euripides: The Complete Works
Eusebius: The Church History of Eusebius
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Fernand Braudel: A History of Civilization
Flavius Josephus: The Complete Works
Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
Francios Villon: Selected Poems
Francis Bacon: Novum Organum
Francis Bacon: The Selected Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon
Francis Schaeffer: Art and the Bible
Francis Schaeffer: How Should We Then Live?
Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis
François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel
Friedrich Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morals
Friedrich Bastiat: The Law
Friedrich Bastiat: What is Seen and Not Seen
Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Gay Science
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Twilight of Idols
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Will to Power
Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Notes from the Underground
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Idiot
G.K. Chesterton: Ballad of the White Horse
G.K. Chesterton: Heretics
G.K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy
G.K. Chesterton: The Everlasting Man
G.K. Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday
G.W.F. Hegel: Phenomenology of Mind
G.W.F. Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit
G.W.F. Hegel: The Philosophy of History
G.W.F. Hegel: The Philosophy of Right
Gabrel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Galen: On Natural Faculties
Galileo Galilei: Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Genevieve Foster: Augustus Caesar’s World
Geoffery Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer: Love Visions
Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde
Geoffrey of Monmouth: The History of the Kings of Britain
George Berkeley: The Principles of Human Knowledge
George Elliot: Middlemarch
George Herbert: The Temple
George MacDonald: Lilith
George MacDonald: Phantasies
George MacDonald: The Complete Fairy Tales
George Orwell: Animal farm
George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Gerald of Wales: History and Topography of Ireland
Gerald of Wales: The Journey Through Wales and the Description of Wales
Geroge Washington: Collected Letters, Speeches, and Writings
Giovanni Boccaccio: The Decameron
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Discourse on Metaphysics
Gregory of Tours: The History of the Franks
Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary
H.G. Wells: The War of Worlds
Hans Christian Anderson: Fairy Tales
Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
Harriet Breacher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Henrik Ibsen: Select Plays
Henry David Thoreau: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau: Walden
Henry Fielding: Tom Jones
Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The Complete Poetry of Longfellow
Herman Melville: Billy Budd, Sailor
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
Herodotus: The Histories
Hippocrates: Works
Homer: The Iliad
Homer: The Odyssey
Howard Pyle: Robin Hood
Immanuel Kant: Critique of Practical Reason
Immanuel Kant: Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant: Critique of the Power of Judgement
Immanuel Kant: Groundwork on the Metaphysics of Morals
Immanuel Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
Isaac Newton: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Isaac Newton: Optics
J. Gresham Machen: Christianity and Liberalism
J.D. Salinger: The Catcher and the Rye
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter (Full Series)
J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
Jack London: The Call of the Wild
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: Grimm's Fairy Tales
Jacobus de Voragine: The Golden Legend
James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce: Ulysses
Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen: Emma
Jane Austen: Love and Friends
Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen: Persuasion
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
Jean Froissart: The Chronicles
Jean Racine: Selected Plays
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A Discourse on the Origins of Inequality
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Confessions
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Social Contract
Jean-Paul Sartre: Being and Nothingness
Jean-Paul Sartre: Nausea
Jean-Paul Sartre: No Exit
Jeremy Bentham: An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
Jeremy Bentham: Utilitarianism and Other Essays
Johann David Wyss: The Swiss Family Robinson
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe: Faust
Johannes Kepler: Epitome
Johannes Kepler: Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
Johannes Kepler: The Harmony of Worlds
John Acton: The History of Freedom and Other Essays
John Adams: Thoughts on Government
John Bunyan: Pilgrim's Progress
John Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion
John Dewey: Experience and Education
John Foxe: Foxe's Book of Martyrs
John Foxe: Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
John Locke: A Letter Concerning Toleration
John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
John Locke: Two Treatise of Government
John Milton: Areopagitica
John Milton: Paradise Lost
John Milton: Samson Agonistes
John Scottus Eriguena: Selected Works
John Steinbeck: East of Eden
John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath
John Stuart Mill: On Liberty
John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism
John of Salisbury: Selected Works
Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Joseph Heller: Catch-22
Jules Verne: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love
Karl Barth: The World of God and the World of Man
Karl Marx: The Communist Manifesto
L. Frank Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Langston Hughes: The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching
Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
Lew Wallace: Benhur
Lewis Carroll: Alice In Wonderland
Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass
Livy: The History of Rome
Livy: The War with Hannibal
Louisa May Alcott: An Old Fashioned Girl
Louisa May Alcott: Little Men
Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
Lucy Maud Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations
Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time
Marco Pollo: The Travels
Marcus Aurelius: Meditations
Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind
Marguerite de Navarre: The Heptameron
Marie de France: The Lais
Mark Twain: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain: Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain: The Prince and Pauper
Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer
Martin Heidegger: Being and Time
Martin Heidegger: What is Metaphysics?
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther: Ninety-Five Theses
Martin Luther: On the Bondage of the Will
Martin Luther: On the Freedom of a Christian
Mary Shelly: Frankenstein
Maximus The Confessor: Jesus Christ and the Transfiguration of the World
Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote
Milton Friedman: Capitalism and Freedom
Moliere: Selected Plays
Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
Muhammad: The Qur’an
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter
Niccolo Machiavelli: The prince
Niccolò Machiavelli: Discourses on Livy
Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince
Nicolaus Copernicus: On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
Noah Webster: Original 1828 Dictionary
Norton Juster: The Phantom Tollbooth
Origen of Alexandria: Against Celsus
Origen of Alexandria: On First Principles
Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Ovid: Metamorphoses
Pat Frank: Alas Babylon
Plato: The Complete Dialogues
Plutarch: Essays
Plutarch: Parallel Lives
Polybius: Histories
Ptolemy: Algamest
Rachel Joy Scott: My Ethics, My Codes of Life
Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man
Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Collected Works
Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method
Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy
Rene Descartes: Principles of Philosophy
Rene Descartes: The Passions of the Soul
Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion
Richard Rolle: The Fire of Love
Robert Bolt: A Man For All Seasons
Robert Frost: Collected Poetry of Robert Frost
Robert Henryson: The Testament of Cressied (and other poetry)
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island
Rudyard Kipling: Just So Stories
Rudyard Kipling: The Jungle Book
Sam Harris: Letter to a Christian Nation
Sam Harris: The End of Faith
Sigmund Freud: Basic Writings
Sigmund Freud: Interpretation of Dreams
Sigmund Freud: The Ego and the Id
Sir John Mandeville: The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
Sophocles: Antigone
Sophocles: Oedipus (Complete)
Sophocles: Philoctetes
Sophocles: The Tranchine
Sorgen Kierkegaard: Either Or
Sorgen Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling
Sorgen Kierkegaard: The Sickness Unto Death
St. Anselm: The Prayers and Meditations
St. Athanasius: On the Incarnation of Our Lord
St. Augustine: Confessions
St. Augustine: On Christian Doctrine
St. Augustine: The City of God
St. Benedict: Rules of St. Benedict
St. Clement of Rome: First Epistle of Clement
St. Ignatius of Antioch: Complete Epistles
St. Polycarp of Smyma: Epistle to the Phillipians
Stendhal: The Red and the Black
Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
Sun Tzu: The Art of War
T.S. Eliot: Select Poetry
T.S. Eliot: The Wasteland
Tacitus: The Annals
Tacitus: The Histories
Thomas Aquinas: On Kingship
Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica
Thomas Bulfinch: Bulfinch's Mythology
Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
Thomas Hobbes: The Elements of Philosophy
Thomas Malory: Le Morte d'Arthur
Thomas More: Utopia
Thomas Paine: Common Sense
Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason
Thomas a Kempis: The Imitation of Christ
Thornton Wilder: Our Town
Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
Turrettini: Institutes of Elenctic Theology
Various: Dhammapada
Various: Enuma Elish
Various: Essential Buddhist Scriptures
Various: Magna Carta
Various: One Thousand One Arabian Nights
Various: The Anti-Federalists Papers
Various: The Bhagavad Gita
Various: The Federalist Papers
Various: The Ramayana
Various: The Suttanipata
Various: The Talmud (Selections)
Various: The Upanishads
Various: The Vedas
Various: The Westminster Confession of Faith
Various: The Zend-Avesta
Victor Hugo: Les Miserables
Victor Hugo: The Contemplations
Victor Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor Hugo: The Legend of the Ages
Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
Virgil: Eclogues and Georgics
Virgil: The Aeneid
Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse
Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
Voltaire: Candide
Voltaire: Dictionnaire Philosophiques
Walt Witman: Leaves of Grass
Walter Hilton: The Ladder of Perfection
Walter Scott: Ivanhoe
Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
William Dunbar: Selected Poems
William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom
William Faulkner: As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury
William Golding: The Lord of Flies
William James: Pragmatism
William James: The Principles of Psychology
William Langland: Piers Plowman
William Makepeace Thathery: Vanity Fair
William Shakespeare: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Wordsworth: Collected Poetry
Winston Churchill: Collected Speeches