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READING LIST, ENGLISH II

You will choose one book each quarter for your independent reading. Titles in bold are books that students have especially liked in previous years. Books cover a range of reading and maturity levels. See me if you have questions about choosing a book that might fit you well.

WORLD CLASSICS

Things Fall Apart by Chinhua Achebe

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Dracula by Bram Stoker



Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R. Tolkien

1984 by George Orwell

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegutt

Macbeth by Shakespeare

Hamlet by Shakespeare

MEMOIRS


A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Night by Elie Wiesel

Black Boy by Richard Wright

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America by Linda Furiya

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

I Am a Pencil by Sam Swope

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman [graphic format]

Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane

Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao

NONFICTION



Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay

Odysseus in America by Jonathan Shay

Half the Sky by Nikolas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis

CONTEMPORARY FICTION



How the Garcia Girls Got Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Emily’s Ghost: A Novel of the Bronte Sisters by Denise Giardina

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Watchmen by Alan Moore [graphic format]

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Hearts of Atlantis by Stephen King

Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus II

The Green Mile by Stephen King

The Dead Zone by Stephen King


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