Picking new books to read

I didn’t do a very good job of finding books that you both would find compelling and interesting, so I am handing over the job to you guys! Here is a list of books that have appeared on the AP Lit exam for the last 40 years (I did remove just a few, either Chance had already read them, or I didn’t think they would be of interest). Let me know what 4-5 books you would like to read, and after you get past Going After Cacciato by O’Brien, I’ll put them on the syllabus.

Contemporary choices:
Toni Morrison – Beloved (1987)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Cormac McCarthy – All the Pretty Horses or The Road
Don DeLillo -http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/233.Don_DeLillo?from_search=true
Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) Coetzee,
John Updike
Salman Rushdie – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3299.Salman_Rushdie
William Trevor – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16002.William_Trevor?from_search=true
J. M. Coetzee – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4128.J_M_Coetzee?from_search=true
Ian McEwan,
Tim O’Brien
Kazuo Ishaguro
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Light in August by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Older Classics:
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Candide by Voltaire
Native Son by Richard Wright
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chkhov
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Drama
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Antigone by Sophocles (ancient Greek drama)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Othello by William Shakespeare
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
Medea by Euripides
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

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