East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Reason: Because I heard this book was highly recommend as a good read and because Steinbeck considered every book he had written prior, as practice for this book. I heard that this book contains the good and bad of the human condition and based off of AP Lit this might be a fun read for us.
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Reason: Some of the themes of this book include loss, subjectivity, and the problem of perception which I think would be great to read and talk about especially in school and the craziness of the school year. It is written in a stream-of-consciousness style which would be a really interesting challenge.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Reason: It'd be fun to do a critical analysis and really read deep into the book and find things to discuss. Also I've been meaning to read this book since forever.
The Plague by Albert Camus
The book looks to cover topics such as being isolated from the people you love, and the rest of the world and what that does to a person. Suffering and the human condition, two things we like here in AP Lit.
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The book is looking into India’s quest for independence in the 1920’s. It also looks at the relationship(s) between English and Indian’s in India, and questions whether or not a friendship between the two can even exist. I think it would be fun to do a reading about India because none of the books prior have been set in Asia.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The book provides another lens to see the Congo region from. Rather than accepting the native Africans as “savages” a extremely religious man and his family from America moves to Africa to try and teach the natives his culture. I think it would be interesting to look at the five perspectives that are shown in the novel, those of his four daughters and wife to see both how women were treated/responded to even as late as the 1950’s and just to try and keep up with five different narrators at the same time.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is incredibly important because it was arguably the first science fiction novel ever written. It also addresses a lot of interesting ideas-If we're capable of doing something, should we? Are monsters born monsters, or do they become monsters because of what we do to them? I feel like these are important to consider, and they'd be fun to discuss as a class.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I'd love to read Jane Eyre because it's a classic adventure story. It's a Dickensian plot with a woman who fronts the story, and we haven't read a book that really centers around a woman-Alejandra and Ophelia are both important, but the stories aren't really theirs.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
This is certainly not an enjoyable story. I think that it would be interesting to read because it discusses some pretty horrible ideas. Obviously Sethe is in a horrible mental state to kill her own children, but does she deserve the horrible punishment? I think that this would be uncomfortable and sickening to discuss in class, but it would also be interesting as well.
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
Much like the other books that I have chosen, the topic is a very interesting one, though I have not looked into the writing style of any of the books. This is because I want to go into the book not knowing what to expect. As for why we should read this, I have read that this is considered one of his best books. I know that does not mean much, but its what I got.
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
After reading Heart of Darkness, and hearing that this book is also impressionism, I am curious to see how the two authors use the technique.
In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Once again, it is the topic that appeals to me. I know that I am saying that a lot, which is why I will probably not contest those that put better books forward. I just feel that while style is important, you have to be interested in the topic, or you will just skim over the text.
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