What books should I read starting college?
I'm still in high school. I still want some recommendations on a college level reading book. I'm interested in American Literature. I don't like those high school books such as Twilight and Harry Potter.
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
You're going to end up reading The Odessey, The Iliad, Paradise Lost, Inferno, Beowulf, Madame Bovary, Antigone, Sir Gwan and the Green Night. Something you might want to try is going to a universities website and pull up a syllabus for English Comp I and English Comp II and/or Lit I and Lit II. If you're really ready to start and you have a few extra bucks buy a text book from one of those classes, you could probably even find an out of date one on Ebay for nearly nothing, the stories in it will be the same, you'll just save some money.
While the person above me and the person below me presented a great reading list, those are more high school than college.
You're not going to do much reading of American Lit. mostly
Greek Tragedies and Epics.Source(s): College Grad.
- Be Positive!!!Lv 71 decade ago
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by writer Jules Verne
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Watership Down by Richard AdamsSource(s): not all of these are American
- 4 years ago
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. I don't know why, but it seems every woman should read it once in her life. If you can find it, The Once and Future King by Phillip Marlowe. As this was written simply centuries ago it may be hard to find. It is about the Arthurian Myth. A Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare, just for the laughs. It is not an easy read but The Twelfth Planet by Zacharia Stitchen. It will change your outlook on life, the planet Earth, and Religions. And besides, Stitchen is a College Professor and it will get you used to the long, long, sooooo long lectures.
- 1 decade ago
Wow not many people gave you American literature :( Here's some:
Mark Twain - not just Huckleberry Finn, try buying a compendium of his works and check out "Life on the Mississippi" and "Roughing It." I think he is the best American writer!
Edgar Allan Poe - again, just get a "collected works" of short stories and poems.
Ernest Hemingway - a necessity of American lit! I have only read his short stories but I have been meaning to read some of his novels, they are classics! Another plus is that you can read "To Have and Have Not" and then watch the Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall movie of it :)
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby, you just have to read it sometime it your life :P
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath, again kind of a "rite of passage" book
And two not in the American lit "canon" but personal favorites, both authors who were born in other countries but wrote in and about the US:
Evelyn Waugh - especially "The Loved One," his style is great!
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita is his most accessible, but all his work is quite rewarding!
I hope that helps!
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
I'm in college and I love Harry Potter. So do alot of my professors because (especially the English and Literature ones) because we analyze it in class. I've had to write a couple of pretty hard papers on it.
You should definitely check out some of these books before you get to college (so you have a head start), but the best thing about college curriculum is that you can pretty much end up studying anything...some literature professors cover alot of old fashion/classic authors, some them focus on modern authors, and some of them even study just One author for the whole semester!
Some great novels for older audiences include:
Les Miserables....Victor Hugo
The Road......Cormac McCarthy
In the Woods.....Tana French
The Lovely Bones...Alice Sebold
Fear in Loathing in Las Vegas....Hunter S. Thompson
The Picture of Dorian Gray....Oscar Wilde
Jesus Son.....Denis Johnson
The Count of Monte Cristo....Alexandre Dumas
Uncle Tom's Cabin........H. B. Stowe
The Great Gatsby.......F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ethan Frome......Edith Wharton (i love this book!)
Native Son......Richard Wright
To Kill a Mockingbird.....Harper Lee
Lord of the Flies........William Golding
Animal Farm............George Orwell
Dr. Zhivago........Boris Pasternak
Jane Eyre ..........Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights ...........Emily Bronte
Pride and Prejudice........ Jane Austen
Emma .............Jane Austen
The Scarlet Letter..........Nathaniel Hawthorne
- HurtstoPurrLv 51 decade ago
Farenheit 451? 1984? Last time I checked, those were read in HIGH SCHOOL, guys.
I recommend some heavy theory, the real good college stuff:
History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
The order of things by Michel foucault also
The structure of scientific revolution by thomas kuhn
Postmodernity by Frederick Jameson
Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
Representation by Stuart Hall
Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
Of course, and the Manifesto by Marx and Engels.
All essential college classics!
- iejaLv 41 decade ago
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
i read these five books before entered college... i hope it helps
- Anonymous1 decade ago
One flew over the cuckoos nest by Ken Kesey was fantastic.
The night watch by sarah waters (histoical fiction)
The time travellers wife by Audrey Niffenegger
... if you want to get more literary then stick with the classics (some are bloody hard to read though!)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (twisted love story)
A clockwork orange
- 1 decade ago
Oh, this is easy.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Dumas Key by Stephen King
1984 by Wells (my personal fav).
East of Eden by Steinbeck
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Stiff by Mary Roach
Just to start off with. ;)