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AP English books

xxInkxxxxInkxx Registered User Posts: 338 Member
edited May 2009 in AP Tests Preparation
I'm taking AP English next year and I want to get ahead of the game by reading some of the books over the summer.

So, I am curious...

What kind of books did you read for AP English this year?

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Replies to: AP English books

  • kz26kz26 Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    we read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote...quite interesting.
  • alexphoto01alexphoto01 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    read the scarlet letter song of solomon catch-22.... grapes of wrath and others lol
  • xxInkxxxxInkxx Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    Hmp. We read the Scarlett Letter this year (hated it...) and Grapes of Wrath, too.
    I wanted to read In Cold Blood at the beginning of the year since it looked like such an interesting novel, I'm glad to hear it's good. I will definately look forward to reading it next year. If we don't get to it, I'll make a note to read it on my own time.
  • rusoboy23rusoboy23 Registered User Posts: 447 Member
    I definitely agree with In Cold Blood; it was an awesome book.

    Also check out Down and Out in Paris and London by Orwell. The book is really interesting, and if you can learn his style and imitate it on the essays, you'll do really well.
  • eeeericeeeeric Registered User Posts: 540 Member
    i thought my teacher created an excellent reading list that really prepared us for the possible prompts:

    Catch 22
    King Lear
    Slaughterhouse 5
    Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Heart of Darkness
    Invisibe Man
  • OrualOrual Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    In AP Language, we read Nickel and Dimed, Of Mice and Men, and The Things They Carried. I wasn't too impressed with Nickel and Dimed, but would definitely recommend The Things They Carried.

    If you're going into AP Lit and don't mind heavy philosophy and religion, The Brothers Karamazov is a great read and applicable to many, many essays. Brave New World/1984 cover a lot of possible prompts, too. (I recommend Brave New World over 1984, but it depends on whether you'd perfer to read about how things we like destroy us or about how things we hate destroy us).
  • sushifureaksushifureak Registered User Posts: 355 Member
    we read grapes of wrath, moby dick - -x
    we're going to read scarlett letter & the crucible later
  • skatjskatj Registered User Posts: 837 Member
    Great Gatsby, but I would just ask your teacher.. There's tons of possibilties
  • yeahallieyeahallie Registered User Posts: 1,232 Senior Member
    Wuthering Heights <--- Fav
    King Lear
    A Doll House
  • PathetiquePathetique Registered User Posts: 679 Member
    For AP Language we read Walden by Henry David Thoreau, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

    In AP Literature, I think that the most important novel we read all year was Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Unless you love reading and plan on devoting quite a bit of time and thought to understanding this book, it'll be really hard to self study. It's 80-some pages of a tough read, but dang, is it worth it when you're done, and I definitely recommend reading it at some point in your life. Our other AP Lit books were:

    Johnny Got his Gun
    A Doll's House
    The Handmaid's Tale (which was probably the easiest read all year)
    Wuthering Heights

    We read a lot of poetry too, but most of that was in class, or for in-class essays.

    Good luck with the reading. I know the summer before my AP Lit class, I planned on reading, but that I got caught up in doing nothing. ;P
  • azngamer54azngamer54 Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    I must agree with the some of the people who replied here already.

    Wuthering Heights was my favorite book. I love the characters. Is it bad that i can identify myself with Heathcliffe? lol
  • degoutantdegoutant Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    ap english lang:

    summer reading book was take the cannoli (sarah vowell)
    savage inequalities (jonathan kozol) (omg this book was so f-ing repetitive, it just described really bad school conditions, then really good school conditions, then bad, then good, bleh)
    fast food nation (eric schlosser)
    the things they carried (tim o'brien)
    we had outside reading assignments, too. i read the world is flat and the nine. i'd highly recommend both.

    fast food nation and the things they carried are probably the best of the 4 books we read in class.

    for ap eng lit the summer reading book is east of eden, which i hear is a drag.
  • DARTMOUTH 12'DARTMOUTH 12' - Posts: 41 Junior Member
    we read
    things fall apart
    heat of darkness
    animal farm
    secret life of bees
    how to read literature like a professor
  • LightzoutLightzout Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    I am America ( And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert... seriously. I used this on my eng lang ap exam and it saved me because for one of the essays we have to use a book to support an argument and that book was the only book out of all of the books ive read that i could use for the prompt. It was also the funniest book ive ever read. You should also read Of Mice and Men, The Old Man and the Sea, and Night (all of which are very short books btw) Also Anthem by Ayn Rand(which is like 75 pages) is also a very good book to read
  • Ohsnap422Ohsnap422 Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    The Crucible, The Great Gatsby...all i can remember lol. But we read a lot of Thoreau, Poe, and all those Emancipation Lit hotshots. also, some essays i.e....the modest proposal. a streetcar named desire was a great play. but yeah, just some suggestions
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