Books That Will Strengthen Your Vocabulary Skills for the SAT

Dec 21, 2023 by Mary Kate | SAT Prep, Test Prep

The new digital SAT coming Spring 2024 has some big changes. There is one thing students can count on while preparing for the Reading & Writing Section: Vocabulary. Yes there are some questions types that directly relate to vocabulary. In addition, high level words are going to be used while asking inferencing and comprehension questions. We have created a fun list of books that incorporate these more challenging words into their stories. One of the best ways to integrate new vocabulary!

Book Series Written to Build SAT Vocabulary:

Both of these series are adventure/mystery novels with gripping stories to keep you reading and learn new words along the way.

Ahead of Her Time: An SAT Vocabulary Novel (Vocabbett Novels) By Erica Abbett 

Tooth and Nail: A Novel Approach to the New SAT Paperback by Joseph Elliot (Series)

These titles some would call classic novels are recommended to help continue building vocabulary and grow your inferential thinking. With these, you can also incorporate watching some of their movies or free audiobooks as well. Adding this increased exposure to the text, vocabulary, and storytelling will only strengthen your ability to draw conclusions and make connections.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin

The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Happy Reading! 

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