AP Lit Independent Reading

Next month you will be embarking on an independent reading journey. In order for you to have plenty of time to investigate the possibilities and make an informed choice, I am posting your list now. You are welcome to consult this master list of works that have appeared on the AP test in past years and select anything on it (preferably something that has been on the test within the past decade), or if you find that overwhelming simply choose one from this short list of my personal recommendations:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • *Merchant of Venice or *King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk
  • The Blind Assassin or Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • *A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • *The Glass Menagerie or *A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • To the Lighthouse  or Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Kite Runner  or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

* denotes the work is a play

Please have your choice made AND a copy of it in hand by March 1st. You may wish to purchase your own copy so you can underline and annotate as you read. You need to have read the book, written a reflection (details forthcoming), and completed a note card for it by April 3.

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