Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

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.

Thank you.

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  • Best 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to start and you have a few extra bucks buy a text book from one of those classes, you could probably even find an out of date one on Ebay for nearly nothing, the stories in it will be the same, you'll just save some money.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.
  • 1 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 Adams

    Source(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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  • Anonymous
    1 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

    1984.............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

  • 1 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!

  • ieja
    Lv 4
    1 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

  • Anonymous
    1 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)

    Catch 22

    A clockwork orange

    Great Expectations


  • 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. ;)

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