100 Books to Read Before College Challenge

100 Books to Read Before College Challenge

Want to earn prizes for reading books?

Look no further! 

The teen librarians at the Saline County Library have developed the 100 Books to Read Before College Challenge for teens from 7th to 12th grade. For every 25th book you read, you get a prize! 

While they did have to include classic books, the teen librarians also made sure to include their favorite books to read. You'll have a plethora of fun books to choose from in horror, realistic, fantasy and science fiction books. Even if you don't like to read, you'll find something here that you're sure to enjoy!

Visit the Children's desk at the Benton branch and sign up to make sure you get rewarded for all of the books you read! You can pick up bookmarks for each genre as well as a full list of the books. Below are the current books on the list. Be sure to check back periodically for new additions. 


Animal Farm by George Orwell
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Great Gatsby 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Portrait of the Young Artist by James Joyce
Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Hamlet by Shakespeare
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
Illiad by Homer
by Homer
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
1984 by George Orwell
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Alice in Wonderland by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
White Fang by Jack London
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Shane by Jack Schaefer
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Dreadnought by April Daniels


Amity by Micol Ostow
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
The House by Christina Lauren
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
The House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano
The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Dumplin by Julie Murphy
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
We Were Liars by Emily Lockhart
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Simon Vs The Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susan Nielson
by Andrew Smith
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
A Step Toward Falling 
by Cammie McGovern

Science Fiction

Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Scythe by Neal Schusterman
Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Found Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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