What are the best AP English books?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Howard Pearson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I remember reading this book in middle school English class. It has an excellent story that most people will enjoy."
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    #2Madame Bovary

    Madame Bovary
    This all-time literature classic tells the story of Emma Rouault, a young woman who marries Charles Bovary, a country doctor. Things don't go well for her, as she expected to live a life full of pleasures and luxuries, and not even giving birth to her own daughter made her excited about something. Everything changes when she meets Rodolphe, who will take her into a spiral of pain and suffering. 


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    Helen Carlson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A timeless classic that is as relevant to young women today as it was when it was written in the 1850s. The author brings you inside Emma's mind so clearly, you become deeply involved and forget any of the outdated writing or information."
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    #3King Lear

    King Lear

    King Lear was too old and tired to reign anymore, so he decided to divide his realm among his daughters: the two eldest daughters flattered him, and they were rewarded properly, but the youngest child, Cordelia, expressed her true feelings towards him, and was disinherited, what ultimately made the King lose his mind. 


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    Kenneth Hamilton
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "A classic, though not his best work. One of those where you need to read because it's a classic, but you probably wouldn't read without having to, much like say the Grapes of Wrath. You almost read because it's assigned to you or obligated to read it. When reading though you end up finding out it's a pretty great read. "
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    #4Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.


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    Israel Zamora
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Now, that's a classic. A must read for any collection. I can't recommend this one highly enough. Totally relevant to the topic as well."
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    #5Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.


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    Michael Gutierrez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Crime and Punishment is one of the best AP English books I've read. It's a classic that I never got around to reading. I'm so glad I did. The story is captivating and the psychological aspect really intrigued me. I bought it online and wound up finishing the entire thing in less than a week!"
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    #6The Awakening

    The Awakening

    Rebecca Hall is always a quality guarantee. The talented British actress leads the cast of this horror movie set in the England of the early 20s. Child ghost and a boarding school: get ready for a terrifying time.


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    Angelina Ortiz
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "While this might be based on a book the solution is a show. Not at all relevant to the topic at hand."
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    #7Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.


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    Tejas Pillai
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I read Things Fall Apart in my 12th grade AP English class. This book was extremely interesting and informative, providing me with a lot of information i had no previous knowledge of. I'm glad my teacher chose this book about African history."
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    #8The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Daniel Ortega
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "My son began AP English this year in high school, and I was looking for a book that he could read for a literature assignment. I thought it would be best to get one of the classics for him, so I settled on Huckleberry Finn. While it's an older book, it still does hold some appear - he seemed to enjoy it and was able to finish his assignment. "
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    #9Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 

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    Christine Price
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of my favorite books from my youth. It is a classic and yet the story is timeless. I love the romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. I highly recommend this read especially for the young female reader."
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    #10Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.


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    Peter Robinson
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Not sure if it categorizes as a good AP English book, but Invisible Man tells the story of a nameless African American living in the US and his struggles in living in a town in the south which was not endearing to say the least. Eventually he would become a community leader in New York showing how hard work and perseverance can lead to success."
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    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 

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    Bob Sun
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "My college professor recommended a good AP English book to study called Hamlet (Macmillan Collector's Library). My college professor made a good choice because it was wriiten by Shakespeare the master of the English language."
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    #12Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Zheng Xiong
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued."
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    #13The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.

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    Kimberly Hoffman
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "A true classic! I read this book in high school and was somewhat entertained. It wasn't until I went back years later that I truly grasped the quality and brilliance of this novel. Makes me think I need to give other high school reading assignments another try!"
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    #14The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Joe Sims
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is a book that i always recommend for school. The story is very well written and will teach students the ways of reading."
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    #15The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Jordan Schneider
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "It give an okay summary, but it could be better. It doesn't really capture anything or tell anything of what the book is about."
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    #16Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 


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    Doris Larson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a novel and i believe they are wanting a book to help with AP English"
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    #17The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.


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    Jonathan Adams
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "i once read this book and it requires me to read over and over. its booking s interesting"
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    #18A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.


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    Timothy Burton
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "A goof book I recommend for the AP English criteria is Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities. I really love how it is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution.. Shows a whole different kind of exciting world used in AP English style."


Best What are the best AP English books
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 46 Paid
2Madame BovaryBooks 40 Paid
3King Lear Books 38 Paid
4Great ExpectationsBooks 37 Paid
5Crime and PunishmentBooks 33 Paid
6The AwakeningMovies 32 Paid
7Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 27 Paid
8The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 24 Free
9Pride and PrejudiceBooks 22 Free
10Invisible ManBooks 21 Paid

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