Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 8 years ago

which book should i read?HELP?

we were asked to read a book during summer and prepare a book report to present orally. the book list is as follows. btw: i'm 14 and going to 10th grade so i don't want a hard book to read.

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.

Alvarez, Julia. How The García Girls Lost Their Accents.

Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg,Ohio.

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Arnett, Peter. Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Bagdad.

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.

Baker, Russell. Growing Up.

Blais, Madeleine. In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle.

Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre.

Brontë, Emily. Wuthering Heights.

Brooks, Polly Schoyer. Queen Eleanor, Independent Spirit of The Medieval World: Biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth.

Cather, Willa. O Pioneers!

Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales.

Cisneros, Sandra. The House On Mango Street.

Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim.

Cooper, James Fenimore. Last of the Mohicans.

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War.

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage.

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe.

Delany, Sarah and Elizabeth. Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years.

Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield.

Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations.

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment.

Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie.

Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca.

Eliot, George. Silas Marner.

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man.

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying.

Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.

Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies.

Grealy, Lucy. Autobiography of a Face.

Gunther, John. Death Be Not Proud.

Haley, Alex. Roots.

Hardy, Thomas. Return of the Native.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of Seven Gables.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter.

Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land.

Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms.

Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises.

Homer. The Iliad.

Homer. The Odyssey.

Hugo, Victor. Les Misérables.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Knowles, John. A Separate Peace.

Kuralt, Charles. Charles Kuralt's America.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

London, Jack. The Sea Wolf.

Malamud, Bernard. The Natural.

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong.

McCullers, Carson. Member of the Wedding.

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman.

Miller, Arthur. The Crucible.

Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With the Wind.

Myers, Walter Dean. The Glory Field.

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried.

Orwell, George. 1984.

Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country.

Poe, Edgar Allan. Complete Tales and Poems.

Potok, Chaim. My Name is Asher Lev.

Potok, Chaim. The Chosen.

Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye.

Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe.

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth.

Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet.

Shakespeare, William. King Lear.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.

Shepard, Alan and Deke Slayton. Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon.

Shute, Nevil. On the Beach.

Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony.

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle.

Sophocles. Oedipus Rex.

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath.

Steinbeck, John. The Pearl.

Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony.

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Stoll, Clifford. Silicon Snake Oil.

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels.

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.

Thurber, James. My Life and Hard Times.

Thurber, James. The Thurber Carnival.

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome.

Wilder, Thornton. Our Town.

Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie.

Wright, Richard. Black Boy.

Wright, Richard. Native Son.

the person not willing to read the list,please dont answer :) oh and please dont say shakespear,i dont like his writing

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Okay, we'll I'm assuming your in an either advanced, or A.P. English class, because these are some pretty tough titles. In high school i was also given a list to chose from that's similar to this one, these are all classic literature, and if your anything like most people, you will find most ( if not all ) of these titles to be extremely boring! However, I enjoyed reading them, if you don't, just make the best of it, because they are ALL good books, they're just written very different than modern day literature which makes them harder to understand and follow. Here are some of the titles I recomend.

    To kill a mockingbird

    Any William Faulkner novels, especially "as I lay dying"

    Any mark twain, especially, " adventures of Tom sawyer"

    Diary of Anne frank

    Any Charles dickens novels

    Pride and prejudice

    crime and punishment

    The great gatsby

    gone with the wind

    And yes, I agree Shakespeare is much to complicated and ancient for a tenth grade level, never BEGIN classic literature with Shakespeare!

    Hope this helps you out!

    Source(s): I have this information from experience of reading books
  • 8 years ago

    There are a lot of great ones on there-- some of my favorites!

    Best bets (short and excellent):

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I LOVE this book. I've read it 4 or 5 times)

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (reads pretty quickly, in my experience)

    The Crucible by Arthur Miller

    a little longer, but excellent as well:

    The Odyssey by Homer (it's more interesting then the Illiad, to me at least)

    Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte (may be challenging, but soooo worth it)

    ones I would avoid:

    Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper (just plain boring, in my opinion)

    The Pearl by John Steinbeck (it's very short, but the story is awful)

    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (I'm not a Dostoyevsky fan and this happens to be very, very long)

    hope this helps!

  • 4 years ago

    Real books. I like the feeling whilst you preserve them and the smell of them when they're company new. Even though, E-books are effective in view that I could lift 2,000 or more books with me anyplace i go. I convey my kindle with me after I journey and its less complicated than carrying 3 books or extra on a shuttle. Plus the books are more cost-effective. I purchased a book for $5 which is a significant difference from its hardcover ($12). But still, i love actual books.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I'm reading to kill a mockingbird by harper Lee for my 10th grade, we are going to study it so i guess you might too

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