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    The Truth Is Out There ixcrisxi's Avatar
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    Here is a list of books listed as Honors/AP at my high school. The highlighted ones, I've already read or are in the process of reading.

    Absalom, Absalom!
    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
    Age of Innocence
    Agnes of God
    A Lesson Before Dying
    Alias Grace
    All The King's Men
    All My Sons
    All The Pretty Horses
    America is in the Heart
    American Tragedy
    Andersonville
    Anna Karenina
    Another Country
    Antigone
    Antony and Cleopatra
    April Morning
    Apprentenceship of Duddy Kravitz, The
    A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
    As I Lay Dying
    As You Like It
    Awakening
    Bear, The
    Beloved
    Benito Cereno
    Billy Budd
    Birthday Party
    Black Like Me
    Bleak House
    Bless Me, Ultima
    Bluest Eye, The
    Brave New World
    Brighton Rock
    Brothers Karamazov
    Buffalo Hunters, The (a.k.a. Tie My Bones To Her Back)
    Candide
    Caretaker
    Catch-22
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Cat's Eye
    Centaur
    Centennial (Andrews)
    Ceremony
    Cherry Orchard
    Cimarron
    Civil Disobedience
    Cold Mountain
    Color of Water, The
    Color Purple
    Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
    Crime and Punishment
    Cry, the Beloved Country
    Daisy Miller
    David Copperfield
    Dead, The
    Death of a Salesman
    Death of Ivan Ilyich
    Deerslayer, The (James F. Cooper)
    Delta wedding
    Desire Under the Elms
    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
    Diviners, The
    Doctor Faustus
    Doll's House
    Dollmaker
    Don Qioxote
    Drums Along the Mohawk
    Dust Tracks on a Road
    Emma
    Enemy of the People
    Equus
    Ethan Frome
    Eumenides, The
    Fall
    Farewell To Arms
    Fathers and Sons
    Federalist
    Fifth Business
    Frankenstein
    Gathering of Old Men
    Ghosts
    Glass Menagerie
    Gone With The Wind
    Go Tell It On The Mountain
    Good Soldier
    Grapes of Wrath
    Great Expectations
    Great Gatsby, The
    Gulliver's Travels (Johnathan Swift)
    Hairy Ape
    Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
    Hard Times
    Haunted Mesa, The
    Heart of Darkness
    Hedda Gabler
    Henry IV
    Homecoming
    House Made of Dawn
    House on Mango Street, The
    House of the Seven Gables
    In The Lake of the Woods
    Invisible Man, The (H.G Wells)
    J.B.
    Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontė)
    Jasmine
    Joe Turner's Come and Gone
    Johnny Tremain
    Joseph Andrews
    Joy Luck Club
    Jude the Obscure
    Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)
    Jungle
    Killer Angels
    King Lear
    Last of the Mohicans, The (James F. Cooper)
    Letters from an American Farmer
    Libbie (Mrs. George A. Custer)
    Light in August
    Light in the Forest, The
    Little Foxes
    Little House on the Prarie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
    Long Day's Journey into Night
    Lord Jim
    Love Medicine
    Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    Lucky (Alice Sebold)
    Lysistrata
    Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
    Madam Bovary
    Main Street
    Major Barbara
    Man and Superman
    Mansfield Park
    Mayor of Casterbridge
    Medea
    Member of Venice
    Merchant of Venice
    Metamorphosis
    Middlemarch
    Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare)
    Mill on the Floss
    Misanthrope
    Miss Lonelyhearts
    Moll Flanders
    Monkey Bridge
    Mother Courage
    Mrs. Dalloway
    Mrs. Warren's Profession
    Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare)
    Murder in the Cathedral
    My Antonia (Willa Cather)
    My Home Is Over Jordan
    My Last Duchess
    Native Son
    Native Speaker
    Nineteen Eighty-Four
    No-No Boy
    No Exit
    Notes from the Underground
    Obasan
    Oedipus Rex
    One Hundred Years
    O Pioneers! (Willa Cather)
    Optimist's Daughter
    Oresteia
    Othello
    Our Town
    Owl Called My Name, The
    Pamela
    Paradise Lost
    Passage to India
    Persuasion
    Phedre
    Piano Lesson, The
    Pnin
    Portrait of a Lady
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Power and Glory, The
    Praisesong for the Widow
    Price of the Child, The
    Pride and Prejudice
    Proud and the Free, The
    Pushing The Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears
    Pygmalion
    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Raisin in the Sun
    Rape of the Lock
    Red Badge of Courage, The
    Redburn
    Remains of the Day, The
    Richard III
    Roanoke: A Novel od the Lost Colony
    Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead
    Saint Joan
    Sandbox
    Scarlet Letter, The (Nathanial Hawthorne)
    Shipping News
    Sister Carrie
    Slaughterhouse Five
    Slave Dancer, The
    Snow Falling on Cedars
    Song of Solomon
    Sons and Lovers
    Sound of the Fury
    Stone Angel, The
    Stranger
    Streams of Silver (R.A. Salvatore)
    Streetcar Named Desire
    Sula
    Sun Also Rises
    Tale of Two Cities
    Tartuffe
    Tempest
    Tess of the D'Urbenvilles
    Their Eyes were Watching God
    Things Fall Apart
    To the Lighthouse
    Tom Jones
    Trial
    Trifles
    Tristam Shandy
    Turn of the Screw
    Twelfth Night
    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Victory
    Volpone
    Waiting for Godot
    Washington Square
    Waste Land
    Watch on the Rhine
    Watch That Ends the Night
    Way of the World
    Where The Broken Heart Still Beats
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wild Duck
    Winter's Tale
    Winter in the Blood
    Wise Blood
    Witch of Blackbird Pond, The
    Woman Warrior
    Wuthering Heights (Charlotte Brontė)
    Zoo Story
    Zoot Suit
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    FORT Fogey nausicaa's Avatar
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    Uugggh...

    High school reading lists. To quote Kurtz: "The Horror! The horror!"

    I rue the day I decided to read "The Sound and the Fury" . And it's only now that I'm fully able to understand the extent of my hubris for choosing "Finnegan's Wake" as the topic of my final English essay. (Reason: "The Dubliners" had embued me w/ a false sense of security and I thought, "Hey, Joyce ain't *that* bad - why's everyone so terrified?")

    The onslaught of nonsensical words and broken syntax should have warned me, but I was young(er) then, and innocent in the ways of evil literary figureheads who strive for confusion - nay, obfuscation - in every sentence - nay, every word.

    ixcrisxi - approx. 50% of the books in your reading list are adequate for high school students. 25% of the rest you'll be coerced into reading in university (if you decide to major in English literature, that is), and the remaining 25% will continue to gather dust in Chapters locations worldwide.

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    ... I know, nausicaa. I've read the first chapter in most and made a confident decision to leave them be forever. And, I'm definitely not going for an English Major. I'm thinking more of a music-related field. I just posted the list so others could have some good reads. Though, mine and your taste is different (as is everyone's). So, maybe they'll pick up a book and like it, even if we don't.

    We'll only be forced in The Crucible, Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, My Antonia, A Separate Peace, The Scarlet Letter, The Red Badge of Courage, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights.
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    I don't know. I enjoyed a lot of the books on that list. I really liked Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tess of the D'Urberveilles (except the ending was stupid) Oedipus Rex, Alias Grace- I guess you don't really need the exhaustive list of books I like. I agree with you on some of them though, I didn't enjoy As I lay Dying at all!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brenna
    I don't know. I enjoyed a lot of the books on that list. I really liked Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tess of the D'Urberveilles (except the ending was stupid) Oedipus Rex, Alias Grace- I guess you don't really need the exhaustive list of books I like. I agree with you on some of them though, I didn't enjoy As I lay Dying at all!!
    Sure, but "Mother Courage"?! I'll give $1,000 (Monopoly dollars) to anyone who's heard of it, and $10,000 to anyone who can tell me its author! (No fair "googlining", y'know.)

    And "Joy Luck Club", "Little House on the Prairie" don't even *belong* on the same list as Sophocles and Shakespeare. (the travesty, travesty...)

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    Dangit! I could use $11,000. Sadly, you're right. I haven't heard of it, and I don't know the author.
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    Hmm... I'm trying to remember what we read in AP English...

    Pride and Prejudice
    Twelfth Night
    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Oedipus Rex
    Hamlet
    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
    As I Lay Dying
    Heart of Darkness
    Wuthering Heights
    Beloved
    The Things They Carried

    All were entertaining enough, though the depth in which each book was analyzed got quite annoying... imo, it's better to read the book and let that which you've analyzed soak in, rather than have other analyses being thrust down your throat.
    What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. -Samuel Johnson

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    Quote Originally Posted by brenna
    Dangit! I could use $11,000. Sadly, you're right. I haven't heard of it, and I don't know the author.
    Awww...don't worry about it. I'm also poor. So many things need to be paid off - like rent, for example.

    Poor Bertolt Brecht! He was pretty damn ugly when he was alive, and now that he's dead, people don't even remember him...

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    The book list is great. I'll be more exposed to a variety of books.

    "Joy Luck Club" is actually a good read but I agree that it is not on the same par with Shakespeare. Nevertheless, it is one of the best out there.
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    Well, I think the point of the list is variety. I mean, of course some of the other books aren't on the same level as Shakespeare but they are there nonetheless. Most, if not all, of the books are written by popular/classic authors from around the world (mainly the U.S. and Europe).

    In Honors, we're required to read American authors. And in Brit. Lit. and AP English, we are required to read European works.
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