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This list contains the High School homeschool books recommended by The MiniMize Life.

The High School book list is meant for school-age children and adults who already know how to read.

Complete Homeschool Curriculum with Free Homeschool Books

The books below, a math curriculum, and daily writing assignments offer a complete high school education. All can be found for free in the public domain in the U. S.

If you are not located in the U. S., please check the copyright laws for your country, as copyright protection may be different.

This list is divided into 4 years, grades 9-12, and contains approximately 25 books per year.

Reading each within a 2-week period, year-round, will ensure that all of the books are covered.

How to Read the Homeschool Books

Click the link of each title to be taken to the eBook review or resource page. Book reviews will provide general information about what can be found in the book including a brief synopsis, religion, social issues, and more. Links to various book formats are located near the bottom of the resource page.

You can also read the books listed below online at www.gutenberg.org by searching for the title or author name.

The books can be downloaded as a PDF or Word document or saved to a device, as well.

High School Homeschool Books

The High School homeschool books assume that the student is at a ninth through twelfth-grade level.

This is not always the case, as students do not always learn at the same pace as others.

However, in terms of public-school grade levels, these books will appear much more advanced.

Do not assume that an older student is “behind” if they are reading at this level.

If you are truly concerned with your student’s reading abilities, please seek professional assistance.

Year Nine Homeschool Books

The Ninth Year homeschool books feature the beginning of Economic and Government book topics that continue through Year Twelve.

Your student will want to continue reading these books in the order listed.

Daily Reading

To finish the Year Nine book list in 180 days, encourage your child to read 3 chapters each day.

If you do school year-round, five days a week (260 days), encourage 2 chapters each day.

Or, simply encourage 1 ½ chapters a day if you read daily, 365 days per year.

At a minimum, your student should read 1 chapter each day. This will not enable them to finish the entire list, but it will still be enough to graduate at an acceptable level.

Year Nine Book List

203. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, by James D. Richardson

204. The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico; Or, The End of the Silver Trail, by Frank Gee Patchin – 24 Chapters

205. The Lawby Frederic Bastiat – 55 pages

206. The Haunted Mineby Harry Castlemon – 31 Chapters (433 pages)

207. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson – 6 Parts and 37 Chapters total.

208. Redskin and Cow-Boy: A Tale of the Western Plainsby G. A. Henty – 20 Chapters (384 pages)

209. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklinby Benjamin Franklin – 4 Parts and Chief Events in Franklin’s Life (174 pages)

210. Worldwide Effects of Nuclear War: Some Perspectives, by U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1975 – 15 Parts

211. The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilsonby Mark Twain – 21 Chapters (303 pages)

212. The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmesby Oliver Wendell Holmes

213. Afloat and Ashore: A Sea Tale, by James Fenimore Cooper – 30 Chapters

214. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London – 7 Chapters

More Year Nine Books…

215. The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt, by G. A. Henty – 20 Chapters

216. A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennesseeby David Crockett – 17 Chapters (212 pages)

217. The Vicar of Wakefieldby Oliver Goldsmith – 32 Chapters

218. The Dash for Khartoum: A Tale of the Nile Expeditionby G. A. Henty – 21 Chapters (382 pages)

219. Economic Sophismsby Frederic Bastiat – 2 Series, 39 Chapters and a Conclusion – First Series, 22 Chapters and Conclusion; Second Series, 17 Chapters

220. The Dragon and the Raven; Or, The Days of King Alfredby G. A. Henty – 19 Chapters

221. Abraham Lincoln, Volume I, by John Torrey Morse – 12 Chapters (387 pages)

222. A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle – 2 Parts, 14 Chapters total – Part 1, 7 Chapters; Part 2, 7 Chapters

223. The North Poleby Robert E. Peary – 35 Chapters, 3 Appendix; 38 parts total

224. Essays on Political Economy, by Frédéric Bastiat – 21 Parts

225. Abraham Lincoln, Volume II, by John Torrey Morse – 13 Chapters (358 pages)

226. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmesby Arthur Conan Doyle – 12 Chapters (307 pages)

227. The Song of Rolandby Anonymous – 291 Verses

Year Ten Homeschool Books

The Tenth Year homeschool books continue from Freshman year and focus on many classics.

It is also worth noting that the workload increases this year.

As well, some titles will feature culturally sensitive content.

So, your students will want to be aware and feel comfortable discussing this.

*Your student will also want to continue reading these books in the order listed.

Daily Reading

To finish the Year Ten book list in 180 days, encourage your child to read 4 chapters each day.

If you do school year-round, five days a week (260 days), encourage 3 chapters each day.

Or, simply encourage 2 chapters a day if you read daily, 365 days per year.

Again, at a minimum, read one chapter each day. This will not allow your student to finish the booklist, however.

Year Ten Book List

228. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – 12 Chapters.

229. Thinking as a Scienceby Henry Hazlitt – 11 Chapters

230. The Art of Money Getting; Or, Golden Rules for Making Moneyby P. T. Barnum – 20 Chapters

231. Price/Cost Indexes from 1875 to 1989; Estimated to 2010, by Michael Hart

232. The Return of Sherlock Holmesby Arthur Conan Doyle – 13 Chapters

233. Jane Eyre: An Autobiographyby Charlotte Brontë – 38 Chapters

234. The Holy War made by Shaddai upon Diabolusby John Bunyan

235. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë – 34 Chapters

236. Historic Papers on the Causes of the Civil War, by Eugenia Dunlap Potts – 4 Parts

237. Silas Marner, by George Eliot – 21 Chapters and Conclusion

238. Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood, by George MacDonald – 34 Chapters

239. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas: An Underwater Tour of the Worldby Jules Verne – 2 Parts, 47 Chapters total – Part 1, 24 Chapters; Part 2, 23 Chapters

More Year Ten Books…

240. Heather and Snow, by George MacDonald – 45 Chapters

241. Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War, by G. F. R. Henderson – 25 Chapters – Must click on each link to view chapter.

242. The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald – 32 Chapters

243. The Young Carthaginian: A Story of The Times of Hannibal, by G. A. Henty – 22 Chapters

244. The Mysterious Islandby Jules Verne – 62 Chapters

245. The Princess and Curdieby George MacDonald – 35 Chapters

246. The White Companyby Arthur Conan Doyle – 38 Chapters

247. Tom Sawyer Abroad, by Mark Twain – 13 Chapters

248. Tom Sawyer Detective, by Mark Twain – 11 Chapters

249. The Innocents Abroadby Mark Twain – 61 Chapters and Conclusion

250. Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiographyby Theodore Roosevelt – 15 Chapters and Appendix A, B, & C

251. Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheusby Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – 30 Parts – Intro, Preface, Letters 1-4, and 24 Chapters

252. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress, Illustratedby Charles Dickens – 53 Chapters

Year Eleven Homeschool Books

The Eleventh Year homeschool books stress U. S. Government.

It also features Cicero’s Orations, which are shown in Latin.

This book can be translated into English if read online by simply clicking the online HTML version.

If this is an issue, you may also find this book in English on sites other than Gutenberg.org.

*Your student will also want to continue reading these books in the order listed.

Daily Reading

To finish the Year Eleven book list in 180 days, encourage your child to read 4 ½ chapters each day.

If you do school year-round, five days a week (260 days), encourage 3 ½ chapters each day.

Or, simply encourage 2 ½ chapters a day if you read daily, 365 days per year.

Or you can do a minimum of 1 chapter a day, though the student will not finish the entire list.

Year Eleven Book List

253. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain – 43 Chapters.

254. Memoirs of Gen. W. T. Shermanby William Tecumseh Sherman – 26 Chapters

255. The History of Don Quixote, Volume 1, Completeby Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – 52 Chapters

256. Life on the Mississippiby Mark Twain – 60 Chapters

257. The History of Don Quixote, Volume 2, Complete, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – 74 Chapters

258. Emma, by Jane Austen – 3 Volumes, 55 Chapters total – Vol 1, 18 Chapters; Vol 2, 18 Chapters; Vol 3, 19 Chapters

259. Cicero’s Orations, by Marcus Tullius Cicero – In Latin. Will need to click “translate” in the online version. 4 Parts

260. A Christmas Carolby Charles Dickens – 5 Staves

261. The Federalist Papersby Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison – 85 Federalists

262. With Clive in India; Or, The Beginnings of an Empire, by G. A. Henty – 30 Chapters.

263. Julius Caesarby William Shakespeare – 5 Acts, 18 Scenes total – Act 1, 3 Scenes; Act 2, 4 Scenes; Act 3, 3 Scenes; Act 4, 3 Scenes; Act 5, 5 Scenes

264. With Frederick the Great: A Story of the Seven Years’ War, by G. A. Henty – 21 Chapters

265. On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, by William Harvey (*Only one section, the second title, of this Harvard Classics Volume 38 is the book we need, though the rest looks interesting) – 17 Chapters

More Year Eleven Books…

266. The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, by Thomas Jefferson –

267. The United States Constitutionby United States – 7 Articles

268. Amendments to the United States Constitutionby the United States –

269. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Deathby Patrick Henry

270. The Government Class Book, by Andrew W. Young – 67 Chapters

271. With Lee in Virginia: A Story of the American Civil War, by G. A. Henty – 20 Chapters

272. Pride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen – 61 Chapters

273. My African Journeyby Sir Winston S. Churchill – 11 Chapters (226 pages)

274. Ivanhoe: A Romanceby Walter Scott – 44 Chapters

275. A Tale of Two Citiesby Charles Dickens – 3 Books, 50 Chapters total – Book 1, 11 Chapters; Book 2, 24 Chapters; Book 3, 15 Chapters

276. The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Volume 1, by Jefferson Davis – 4 Parts, 52 Chapters total – Part1, 10 Chapters; Part 2, 15 Chapters; Part 3, 13 Chapters; Part 4, 14 Chapters

277. What Men Live By, and Other Tales, by graf Leo Tolstoy – 21 Chapters total – What Men Live By: 12 Chapters; How Much Land Does a Man Need?: 9 Chapters

Year Twelve Homeschool Books

The Twelfth Year homeschool books wrap up high school and prepare your students for college-level reading.

*Your student will also want to continue reading these books in the order listed.

​Daily Reading

To finish the Year Twelve book list in 180 days, encourage your child to read 3 chapters each day.568

If you do school year-round, five days a week (260 days), encourage 2 ½ chapters each day.

Or, simply encourage 2 chapters a day if you read daily, 365 days per year.

Again, read a minimum of 1 chapter a day, and remember that the student may not finish the entire list.

Year Twelve Book List

278. Wulf the Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest, by G. A. Henty – 22 Chapters

279. On the various forces of nature and their relations to each otherby Michael Faraday – 8 Parts total – 6 Lectures, Light-House Illumination-The Electric Light, and Notes

280. The Chemical History of a Candleby Michael Faraday – 8 Parts Total – 6 Lectures; Lecture on Platinum; and Notes

281. Among Malay Pirates : a Tale of Adventure and Perilby G. A. Henty – 11 Chapters

282. Fiat Money Inflation in France: How it Came, What it Brought, and How it Ended, by Andrew Dickson White – 7 Parts total – Introduction; Forward; Chapters 1-3; Notes; and Footnotes

283. “De Bello Gallico” and Other Commentaries, by Julius Caesar – 2 Parts, 11 Books total – The War in Gaul Books, 8 Books; The Civil War, 3 Books

284. Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln (1832-1865)by Abraham Lincoln – 86 Parts total – Introduction; 84 Speeches and Letters; and Anecdotes

285. The World Crisis (Vol. 1)by Sir Winston S. Churchill – 26 Parts total – 21 Chapters, 5 Appendixes

286. The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (Vol. 2)by Jefferson Davis – 42 Chapters (15-57)

287. The Life of King Henry Vby William Shakespeare – 5 Acts, 29 Parts total – Act 1, Prologue and 2 Scenes; Act 2, Chorus and 4 Scenes; Act 3, Chorus and 7 Scenes; Act 4, Chorus and 8 Scenes; Act 5, Chorus, 2 Scenes, and Epilogue

288. Two Years Before the Mast (And Twenty-Four Years After), by Richard Henry Dana – 39 Parts total – Introduction; 36 Chapters; “24 Years After”; and “76 Years After”

More Year Twelve Books…

289. Othello, the Moor of Venice, by William Shakespeare – 5 Acts, 15 Scenes total – Act 1, 3 Scenes; Act 2, 3 Scenes; Act 3, 4 Scenes; Act 4, 3 Scenes; Act 5, 2 Scenes

290. Paradise Lost, by John Milton – 10 Books

291. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith – 33 Parts total – 5 Books, 32 Chapters total – Introduction; Book 1, 11 Chapters; Book 2, 5 Chapters; Book 3, 4 Chapters; Book 4, 9 Chapters; Book 5, 3 Chapters

292. Paradise Regainedby John Milton – 4 Books

293. Institutes of the Christian Religion (Vol. 1)by John Calvin – 3 Books, 43 Chapters – Book 1, 18 Chapters; Book 2, 17 Chapters; Book 3, 8 Chapters

294. The Princeby Niccolo Machiavelli – 26 Chapters

295. Hamlet, Prince of Denmarkby William Shakespeare – Acts, 20 Acts total -Act 1, 5 Scenes; Act 2, 2 Scenes; Act 3, 4 Scenes; Act 4, 7 Scenes; Act 5, 2 Scenes

296. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, Volume 1by John Locke – 2 Books, 36 Chapters total – Book 1, 3 Chapters; Book 2, 33 Chapters

297. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, Volume 2by John Locke – 2 Books, 32 Chapters total – Book 3, 11 Chapters; Book 4, 21 Chapters

​​298. Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, by Isaac Newton – 2 Parts, 17 Chapters total – Part 1, 14 Chapters; Part 2, 3 Chapters.

299. The Iliadby Homer – 24 Books

300. The Odyssey, by Homer – 24 Books

More About the High School Homeschool Books

While this list does provide a structured path of reading material from ninth through twelfth grade, more is needed.

You will need to provide your student with a Math or Advanced Science Curriculum and writing assignments.

However, the reading list should cover all other subjects, except extracurricular, fine arts, and physical education.

Those topics will be covered later.

For now, simply take a page from our homeschool books and concentrate on the 3 R’s.

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

Math and the MiniMize Method

The MiniMize Life recommends using Ray’s Arithmetic for Math, though your student may be into Science textbooks at this stage.

These Ray’s Arithmetic books may be found in the public domain for free.

We also like Saxon Math books (Editions 1, 2, and 3), though they are not free and are physical textbooks.

If you’d like to know more about Saxon Math and how to incorporate it into your homeschool, read this.

Science After Calculus

If your student finishes Calculus, then it is time to move on to a Science textbook.

You will work in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology; in that order.

Simply use the free college-level textbooks on OpenStax.org for these courses.

Writing and the MiniMize Method

A writing assignment should be completed by the student every school day.

At this level, your students should be writing a full page on their own each day.

Allow your students to write what they like.

When they are finished, read their paper and circle any errors; then, have the student rewrite the paper with corrections. This is the second draft.

Integrate a Student Website

The 1st and 2nd drafts of writing should be done on one day and can be typed into a Word document.

The 3rd draft should be proofread and rewritten or typed into a website that your student has created.

Allow your students to get creative and try out different types of content such as videos and art projects.

This will come in very handy when applying for college admissions.

Foreign Language

Integrate some Spanish Readers with some fun YouTube videos for a well-rounded Foreign Language credit.

Have your students speak, read, listen and study various formats each day.


Here are a few Readers to consider:

A First Spanish Reader, by Alfred Remy and Erwin W. Roessler –

An Elementary Spanish Reader, by Earl Stanley Harrison –

And a great YouTube channel for learning Spanish is Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com.

Have Fun!

The most important thing about homeschool, after learning stuff, is to have fun.

Don’t get wound up in schedules and charts.

However, don’t forget that you have to keep transcripts in High School!

It’s not a huge chore, and we’ll make that simple for you, too.

Keep an eye out for that post, for sure!

Attitude is Everything

You’ve done the hard work.

It’s time to relax and be comfortable in the learning habits we’ve built.

Keep the daily reading and writing going, and your young adult will blossom into a well-rounded scholar!

Is there anything else you’d like to see included in the High School information? Let us know in the comments, below!

For more on the MiniMize Method of homeschooling, you can read this.