Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 9 years ago

Which of these classics/coming-of-age-novels are the best, most interesting, shortest, simplest, etc.?

I have to do this AP Reading project for school, and it's due a week before the end of the semester, which means I have to get started. I have to choose 2 books on the list (below) and find words I don't know in the books (total 40) and write down their definition, part of speech, etc. Then I have to write an Annotated Bibliography for each, which means I give a citation and write a... summary, kind of. Then I have to present each in front of my LA class.

I want to know which one you liked to read, or would be easy for writing vocab for/summarizing.

I've already done a few of these books in past years, so I marked them with a "*".

Here's the list:

Achebe, Chinua-Things Fall Apart

Alexie, Sherman-Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Austen, Jane-Pride and Prejudice-Sense and Sensibility-Emma

Bach, Richard-The Bridge Across Forever

Bradbury, Ray-Fahrenheit 451*

Bronte, Charlotte-Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily-Wuthering Heights

Burns, Olive A.-Cold Sassy Tree

Cather, Willa-My Antonia; O Pioneers!

Chaucer, Geoffrey-The Canterbury Tales

Chestnut, Charles-The Marrow of Tradition

Collins, Wilkie-The Moonstone

Crane, Stephen-Maggie, a Girl of the Streets-The Red Badge of Courage

Craven, Margaret-I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Dafoe, Daniel-Robinson Crusoe

Dickens, Charles-Tale of Two Cities-Oliver Twist-Great Expectations

Ellison, Ralph-The Invisible Man

Faulkner, William-Light in August-Absalom, Absalom

Feist, Raymond-The Riftwar Saga

Fitzgerald, F. Scott-The Great Gatsby

Flagg, Fanny-Fried Green Tomatoes

Forster, Edward M.-A Passage to India

Frazier, Charles-Cold Mountain

Haddon, Mark-Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time*

Hawthorne, Nathaniel-The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph-Catch-22

Hemingway, Ernest-A Farewell to Arms

Herbert, Frank-Dune

Hesse, Herman-Steppenwolf

Hickman, Homer H.-Rocket Boys

Huxley, Aldous-Brave New World

Kesey, Ken-One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Kingsolver, Barbara-The Poisonwood Bible

Kingston, Maxine Hong-The Woman Warrior

Malcolm X-The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Melville, Herman-Billy Budd

McCarthy, Cormac-All the Pretty Horses

Miller, Arthur-Death of a Salesman-All My Sons

Millman, Dan-Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Mitchell, Margaret-Gone with the Wind

Morrison, Toni-The Bluest Eye-Tar Baby-Sula-Beloved

Orwell, George-Animal Farm-1984

Passos, Jon Dos-The 42nd Parallel

Paton, Alan-Cry, the Beloved Country

Potok, Chaim-My Name is Asher Lev; The Chosen

Salinger, J.C.-The Catcher in the Rye

Shakespeare, William-A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Twelfth Night-The Taming of the Shrew

Shelley, Mary-Frankenstein

Smith, Betty-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn*


Steinbeck, John-The Grapes of Wrath-Cannery Row

Swift, Jonathan-Gulliver’s Travels

Taylor, Mildred D.-Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Tolstoy, Leo-War and Peace

Trumbo, Dalton-Johnny Got His Gun

Twain, Mark-Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Wells, H.G.-War of the Worlds-The Invisible Man

Wharton, Edith-Ethan Frome

Wilde, Oscar-The Picture of Dorian Gray

Thanks sooooo much!!! <3

4 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I have only read these ones, of your list:

    Bradbury, Ray-Fahrenheit 451*

    Bronte, Charlotte-Jane Eyre

    Dafoe, Daniel-Robinson Crusoe

    Ellison, Ralph-The Invisible Man

    Feist, Raymond-The Riftwar Saga

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott-The Great Gatsby

    Hawthorne, Nathaniel-The Scarlet Letter

    Heller, Joseph-Catch-22

    Hemingway, Ernest-A Farewell to Arms

    Kesey, Ken-One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Orwell, George-Animal Farm-1984

    Salinger, J.C.-The Catcher in the Rye


    Steinbeck, John-The Grapes of Wrath-Cannery Row

    Wharton, Edith-Ethan Frome

    ...And I would suggest:

    Catcher in the Rye- Good plot, very easy to understand. I actually liked this book when I was in school. It was relatable.

    A Farewell to Arms- Hemingway is famous for deep, symbolit stories, but a VERY short-and-to-the-point writing style. An all around good choice!(Plus, he's from Illinois, like myself hahaha.)

    One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest- GREAT plot. Very interesting!

    Ones I would tell you definitely NOT to read(for various reasons):

    The Great Gatsby: Very generic plot. Nice imagery, but overall not very compelling.

    The Scarlet Letter: Interesting storyline, but very complex writing. You end up rereading paragraphs because of how detailed and intricate Hawthorne's writing style is!

    Fahrenheit 451: I'm just not into the whole sci-fi genre- but this book bored me.

    Source(s): Read them.
  • Penny
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Sophocles' Antigone is pretty short. It won't be easy reading, but it will probably be pretty impressive as a report to the class. It's a classic Greek play about courage and devotion to family.

    My 2nd choice on this list would be Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I kinda liked Things Fall Apart. Scarlet Letter would be good. And I love Jane Austen especially Pride and Prejudice. Things Fall Apart (I think) would be the shortest but Pride and Prejudice would be the easiest.

  • Akilah
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    It depends on what countries you are referring to. In 1st world countries, both men an women face equal hardships. men may face losing their children after divorce and are often put down by society without society realizing they are doing it. On the other hand, women in 1st world countries still face issues like rape, low salary, troubles having children while working, no maternity leave, and even discrimination in the workplace. Though, women do have benefits that men don't. In third world countries or anything in between, there is no question who has it worse.

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