What are the best fiction books for college-bound readers?

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    #1The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.


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    Ying Shao
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Handmaid's Tale is a MUST read for anybody but I would say if you are college bound it's the best book you could read. There is a strong sense of independence and individualism that is found in the books that I think make it a strong lead for best fiction book, especially for those heading to college."
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    #2To 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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    Michelle Howard
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is one of those books which never seems to become dated. Not only are the themes of prejudice, injustice, and standing up for your beliefs still true today, they tie in with so much going on in the world. In addition, a lot of college material references this book and its themes, so having read it helps create a common background and language for students and teachers."
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    #3Crime 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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    Janet White
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A man at a book store called Crime and Punishment a book with 40 pages of plot, the rest being mental turmoil and anguish. That is the best synopsis I have ever heard for this book."
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    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.


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    Shirley Douglas
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "After I read this book, it was easy for me to see why it had won so many awards. The writing is beautiful and detailed. I found the story to be thought provoking and the suspense was almost overwhelming, which was great."
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    #5Invisible 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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    Beverly Medina
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Because this book is a highly rated fiction book and includes the character's experiences in colleges, this would be a good solution for the topic"
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    #6Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Ronald Herrera
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a really good solution and many will either read Huxley's work in high school or college. It is very well known and is often required reading for students so this is a really great fit. It only has above average reviews but it has so many that I would feel confident in this solution."
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    #7Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    Mildred Lopez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book has a reading level as low as 6th grade. This means that it would be great for all school age kids but for someone heading to college it wouldn't provide much of a challenge. This book is easy to comprehend by anyone who has an 8th grade reading level so it wouldn't really help prepare college students."
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    #8The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


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    Teresa Henderson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A good book for sure, however, isnt this required reading in high school? I'd think we could be a bit more creative here. "
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    #9The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.

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    William Beck
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This was really well written, and I don't want to disparage what the author went through during the war. But I really could not get into it; it's just not a subject that (to me) really makes you want to read every page. People who enjoy war stories will probably LOVE this."
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    #10The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)

    The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)
    This historical novel is a recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest four days in the American Civil War where two opposing armies fought for a way of life. Rather than focusing on the battle, the book explains the lives the combatants left behind. 


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    Vicky Ma
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Killer Angels is one of the most interesting books of war literature.It's a war. It's tragic. The beauty of this book is that it delves into the real or imagined feelings of the characters involved and makes you really stand in their shoes (or no shoes as the case may be). Such heroism, such unfortunate circumstances, so much death and heartbreak."
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    #11A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.

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    Crystal Fox
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I would not recommend A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway as the best fiction book for college-bound readers. It's about war and love, and it might be interesting to others, but I don't really care for his style. He uses simple language, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Plus, there is a lot of drinking."
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    #12Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)

    Parable of the Sower (Earthseed)
    Parable of the Sower, the 1st book in the Parable series, is a futuristic dystopian novel written by Octavia Butler, a Hugo and Nebula Award winner. It tells the story of Lauren Olamina, who is trying to survive and bring order back to a chaotic world.

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    John Davis
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I'm not sure what would be considered a good book for college-bound folks. Maybe something about time management or study habits? Either way I'm not sure Parable of the Sower fulfills that role. With that being said it's still a good book. If you're into futuristic dystopian fiction, then you may enjoy it."
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    #13The 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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    Anthony McDonald
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Awakening is an interesting book with a fine cast. It has a great plot too."
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    #14Briar Rose

    Briar Rose

    Briar Rose is a young adult fantasy novel by Jane Yolen which follows the story of Rebecca and how she discovers that she is actually the Briar Rose in her grandmother's stories. It was published in 2002 by Tor Teen.


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    Vincent Henry
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I felt this was a watered down version of what could have been a good book. I also strongly feel it is unsuitable for anyone under age to read this. There is mention of foreplay, homosexual acts leaving one man sore and a suicide in a bathtub. Not for children!"
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    #15No Turning Back (The Liliana Series)

    No Turning Back (The Liliana Series)

    No Turning Back is a romance book written by Neva Squires-Rodriguez. No Turning Back was published on May 8, 2015 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. This is the third book in the Liliana Series.


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    Sai Mehta
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I considered buying this book for the Chicana daughter of my friend, but I decided against it. For one, it's the third book in the series; why start at book 3? Secondly, the subject matter, regarding a woman and her controlling husband, isn't directly relevant to most college-aged students. "
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    In Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty goes to the enchanted castle in the forest as a willing prisoner. She tames the Beast during her stay and they lived happily ever after.

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    #17Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 


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    #18Bless Me, Ultima

    Bless Me, Ultima
    Bless Me, Ultima is a young adult classic historical fiction written by Rudolfo Anaya. This magical realism novel is first published in 1972. 


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    Bryan Lee
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "IThis book is about a Mexicano ad mysticism I do it see what it has to do with a college bound reader sop I would rate it very low in this category"
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    #19The Chosen

    The Chosen

    The Chosen is a young adult novel written by Chaim Potok. First published in 1967, The Chosen follows the spiritual journey of two fathers and two sons. The novel is published by Fawcett Books.


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    Raymond Willis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I read this book in my senior year in high school and I still remember it to this day. It follows two fathers and their sons as they each go on a journey and pursue their respective religions. The two boys find solace in each other as they grow into men."


Best What are the best fiction books for college-bound readers
1The Handmaid's TaleBooks 44 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 41 Paid
3Crime and PunishmentBooks 39 Paid
4BelovedBooks 37 Paid
5Invisible ManBooks 36 Paid
6Brave New WorldBooks 33 Paid
7Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 31 Paid
8The Grapes of WrathBooks 31 Paid
9The Things They CarriedBooks 28 Paid
10The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)Books 27 Paid

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