Dariane's "Advanced Placement English Recommended Reading"

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Books/Literary Works that are useful to be familiar with before taking the AP English Composition and Literature exams. Well, books that are generally good to read period, whether you’re a high school student preparing to take the AP tests or not.

P.S. As of today (Apr. 3, 2006), I got a hold of the actual list I had in high school, so within the next few days, the list will have more books! And I NEVER expected so many people to adopt this list, so thanks everyone, and happy reading!

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  1. 1.
    A Death in the Family
    by James Agee

  2. 2.
    Fahrenheit 451
    by Ray Bradbury

  3. 3.
    The House of the Spirits
    by Isabel Allende

  4. 4.
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    by Maya Angelou

  5. 5.
    by Kurt Vonnegut

  6. 6.
    Watership Down
    by Richard Adams

  7. 7.
    Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)
    by Emily Brontë

  8. 8.
    The Handmaid's Tale
    by Margaret Atwood

  9. 9.
    The Edible Woman (Hinges of History; 2)
    by Margaret Atwood

  10. 10.
    The Blind Assassin: A Novel
    by Margaret Atwood

  11. 11.
    Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  12. 12.
    The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)
    by Ray Bradbury

  13. 13.
    Jane Eyre (Signet Classics)
    by Charlotte Brontë

  14. 15.
    Silent Spring
    by Rachel Carson

  15. 16.
    The Awakening
    by Kate Chopin

  16. 17.
    The Power of Myth
    by Joseph Campbell

  17. 18.
    Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Joseph Conrad

  18. 19.
    The Great Santini: A Novel
    by Pat Conroy

  19. 20.
    The Lords of Discipline
    by Pat Conroy

  20. 21.
    Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)
    by Charles Dickens

  21. 22.
    A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)
    by Charles Dickens

  22. 23.
    The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text
    by William Faulkner

  23. 24.
    The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  24. 25.
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  25. 26.
    Lord of the Flies
    by William Golding

  26. 27.
    The Scarlet Letter (Bantam Classics)
    by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  27. 28.
    by Joseph Heller

  28. 29.
    A Farewell To Arms
    by Ernest Hemingway

  29. 30.
    For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics)
    by Ernest Hemingway

  30. 31.
    The Sun Also Rises
    by Ernest Hemingway

  31. 32.
    Death in the Afternoon
    by Ernest Hemingway

  32. 33.
    The Old Man and The Sea
    by Ernest Hemingway

  33. 34.
    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Modern Library Classics)
    by Victor Hugo

  34. 35.
    Brave New World
    by Aldous Huxley

  35. 37.

  36. 39.
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee

  37. 40.
    The Bluest Eye (Oprah's Book Club)
    by Toni Morrison

  38. 41.
    by Toni Morrison

  39. 42.
    Animal Farm
    by George Orwell

  40. 43.
    Nineteen Eighty-four
    by George Orwell

  41. 44.
    Cry, the Beloved Country
    by Alan Paton

  42. 45.
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    by Erich Maria Remarque

  43. 46.
    The Catcher in the Rye
    by J.D. Salinger

  44. 47.
    Othello (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    by William Shakespeare

  45. 48.
    Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare)
    by William Shakespeare

  46. 49.
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    by William Shakespeare

  47. 50.
    Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    by William Shakespeare

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Created by Dariane on Mar 10, 2006.


So far — 6 years ago

I have read 15 of these and am in the processes of reading 2 more (Anna Karenina and Invisible Man). I am only an AP junior so I am sure there will be more to come.

Sadly I cannot remember what many of them are about though, because all of this reading has been spread out over the past 5 years (all the way back to The Time Machine in 6th grade!) but I think reading all of them has helped me to grow as a reader and become strong at analyzing text!

Interesting list! — 6 years ago

In high school I read..18.25 (The .25 is A Doll’s House, but not the rest of Ibsen’s books) and didn’t read 5 of these although they were assigned. We also read a couple you didn’t include by authors on the list, such as Black Boy, Sula, Julius Caesar, and The Importance of Being Earnest. I got 4’s on both tests, so I’m good. :)

awesome — 7 years ago

I read a good many of these in my AP and Honors English Classes and many others that i didn’t see- thats a great list you have there!

Sad — 7 years ago

How sad is this? My son (10th grade honors English) has read more books on this list than I have. I’d better get crackin’.

Thanks! — 7 years ago

This is such a great list! I’m always looking for new books to read and now with the help of this list I should be set for a while!

Untitled — 8 years ago

it’s funny, I’ve read most of the ‘old’ books on this list, but a lot of the newer ones I’ve never even heard of.

I thought I'd read a lot of books — 8 years ago

But it seems that I’ve missed out on quite a bit of recommended reading. (Well, that, and I didn’t pay enough attention to homework when I was in high school.)

Untitled — 8 years ago

I cannot BELIEVE you’ve put The Lovely Bones on here. That book was the biggest waste of my time I’ve ever spent reading; it was the literary equivalent of sugary popcorn. I’d say it’s as much a work of great fiction as The Da Vinci Code. Honestly.

i'm not going to read — 8 years ago

any more of these because it is the only list that i have 43% of right now. :)

Great list — 8 years ago

This is a great list. It is full of books I should have read but never have. Thanks for sharing it.

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