Top 100 Books to Read Before College

What does it take to be a well rounded reader in 21st Century academia? Read these novels and you will be well on your way to finding out.
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message 1: by Schell (new)

Schell "Catcher in the Rye"?


~☆~Autumn♥♥☽ College has sure changed if these are now the required books!


message 3: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle DeSantis I feel like Voltaire should by higher on the list as well as Plato's Republic since there are so many literally allusions to his allegories in other novels. I might of missed it but I also didn't notice any Kate Chopin or any of Faulkner's prominent works. I don't know what college this is supposed to be preparing students for (Rocko Columbo School of Typewriter Repair perhaps, as my dad would say).


message 4: by Savannah (new)

Savannah Albertsen Honestly, there are many other books that can be read by a higher age then 13 that should be on this list higher than "Divergent". We all know it's a carbon copy of other books pasted together by a lonely housewife to make money. Not judging any one who reads it, it just really is a money scam if you ask me.
There are far better books you could be reading that would occupy your time.


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