Reading Recommendations

We love to read. In fact, reading is one of our favorite activities, and that means we get through a lot of reading material. These are some of our favorite poems, short stories, and novels, and we wholeheartedly suggest you check them out!

(And remember, we never stop reading, so this list will be updated from time to time as we read more and more!)


"Oh Captain! My Captain!" (Walt Whitman)
"Miniver Cheevy" (Edwin Arlington Robinson)
"To His Coy Mistress" (Andrew Marvell)
"On What Planet" (Kenneth Rexroth)
"Recuerdo" (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
"The Imaginary Iceberg" (Elizabeth Bishop)
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (T.S. Eliot)
"The Rubaiyat" (Omar Khayyam)
"Ode" (Arthur O'Shaughnessy)
"Beppo" (Lord Byron)
"Sonnet 75" (Edmund Spenser)
"As I Walked Out One Evening" (W.H. Auden)
"High Flight" (John Gillespie Magee, Jr.)
"Paracelsus" (Robert Browning)
"My Last Duchess" (Robert Browning)
"Sonnet 1" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
"Her Praise" (William Butler Yeats)
"The Second Coming" (William Butler Yeats)
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (Thomas Gray)
"Octave" (Colin Lepovre)

Short Stories

"Midnight in Dostoevsky" (Don DeLillo)
"To Esme with Love and Squalor" (J.D. Salinger)
"De Daumier Smith's Blue Period" (J.D. Salinger)
"The Dead" (James Joyce)
"Picasso" (Cesar Aira)
"The Men Who Murdered Muhammad" (Alfred Bester)
"Cathedral" (Raymond Carver)
"The Yellow Wallpaper" (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
"The Open Window" (Saki)
"Harrison Bergeron" (Kurt Vonnegut)
"The Embassy of Cambodia" (Zadie Smith)


The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
Unwind Dystology (Neal Shusterman)
The Odyssey (Homer)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
Of Human Bondage (Somerset Maugham)
The Brothers Kamarazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Daisy Miller (Henry James)
Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
Samarkand (Amin Maalouf)
Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
The Anubis Gates (Tim Powers)


"The Importance of Being Earnest" (Oscar Wilde)
"Salome" (Oscar Wilde)
"Pygmalion" (George Bernard Shaw)
"Long Day's Journey into Night" (Eugene O'Neill)
"King Lear" (William Shakespeare)
"Othello" (William Shakespeare)


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (Jack Weatherford)
The Education of Henry Adams (Henry Adams)
The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
A History of the World in Six Glasses (Tom Standage)
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (Tamim Ansary)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Bill Bryson)
At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Bill Bryson)
Kon-Tiki (Thor Heyerdahl)
Alexander Hamilton (Ron Chernow)
Founding Brothers (Joseph Ellis)
The Elegant Universe (Brian Greene)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)


"The Surgeon as Priest" (Richard Selzer)
"How To Write About Africa" (Bingayaina Wainaina)