Learn the 4 Things You Must Know Before Taking the GMAT!   Download it Now!

GMAT Reading Comprehension questions test — get this — your ability to comprehend what you read! Crazy, huh? Sure, you can learn how to read the passages in a way that is most effective for setting you up for the best chance to identify right answers. Sure, there are tricks for figuring out the main idea of the passage or the author’s attitude/tone on a certain issue. Sure, there are ways to identify common wrong answers and improve your guessing odds. But at the end of the day, the better you are at reading complex passages and understanding what you just read, the more GMAT reading comprehension questions you’re likely to get right.

So, how do you get better at reading? Answer: Read more. There’s really no substitute for reading copiously between now and test day. Whether you’re preparing to take the GMAT tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year, the more you can read between now and then, the better off you’ll be on test day.

Moreover, what you read is equally critical. John Grisham novels won’t cut it. You need to read challenging topics and articles with complex sentence structure (in other words, the type of reading you’ll have to do on the GMAT). So, without further ado, here is a suggested reading list to help you. Commit to reading a minimum of 30 minutes a day, and you’ll thank yourself on test day. Pick something below and get started today.

Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals

1. The Wall Street Journal
2. Foreign Affairs
3. National Geographic
4. The NewYorker
5. The Harvard Business Review
6. Editorial or Option pages of any major newspaper
7. Scientific American
8. The Journal of American History


1. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet
2. The Selected Works of Edgar Allen Poe
3. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
4. The Once and Future King, by T. H. White
5. Beowulf
6. The Iliad, by Homer
7. Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson
8. A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
9. The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
10. The Bible
11. Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond
12. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, by Paul Kennedy
13. The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
14. Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
15. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini