What are the most-used books in English literature classes?

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    #1The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    Philip Wade
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you let the fact that this is a children's series stop you from reading it, you will have made one of the greatest mistakes of your life. This quartet is and probably always will be my #1 go-to recommendation to anyone who asks me what they should read next. Most people have heard of The Giver, but few know that there are four books. They are all just as good (if not better?) than the first."
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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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    Bruce Peterson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Add: One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime. Over 10,000 reviews at Amazon 4 1/2 stars."
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    #3The 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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    Omar Arteaga
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is one of those classics that anyone should read. It is very helpful in teaching literature and the story is interesting as well."
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    #5The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Robert Powell
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter."
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    #6The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    James Berry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I wouldn't say that this book is used in english lit classes very often; I had never even heard of it until about a decade ago, despite it's age and supposed popularity. It is something of a prequel to another apparently famous set of stories, the ring lords or something."
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    #7Brave 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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    Willie Duncan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Brave New World is a book about an engineered life in a fictional dystopia. The premise, while not abnormal, is quite shocking in the scope and depth of its inherent segregation. That is, everything has its place and everyone does things in a particular and ordered manner. It's the lack of free will and inherent differences that make it especially scary, and overall it really does look at the worse case of a society based on rules and machines. It's a very engaging read, and it's something everyone should take the time to study as it has important concepts moving forward into our futuristic world."
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Xiang Qiao
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A great read. Depressing as heck, but relevant. I've read it three or four times since I was a kid. It seems to get more true each time I pick it up. We are being watched. We are being lied to. We are oppressed. Let's just hop our fates are not as bad as poor Winston and his eventual love of Big Brother."
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Han Han
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is an absolute classic. Read it or not many people are familiar with the story of Frankenstien or at least vaguely familiar with it. People in English lit classes will enjoy this classic since it is already widely familiar with a lot of people."
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    #10The 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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    #11Lord 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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    Eduardo Piña
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "One of the all time classic books that we have all read as children. It is one the most unique and mysterious book out there."
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    #12Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Billy Cooper
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Very popular short novel by a great writer. The writing really humanizes the animals on the farm."
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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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    Ben Lee
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Of all the stuff I was forced to read throughout my k-12 education, Hamlet was one of the few I truly enjoyed and which stuck with me up until now. Just an amazing piece of work and it's amazing to think about how many stories these days are basically copies of it."
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    #14Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Philip Grant
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "best for project even it is especially fir project in science"
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    #15Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Amber Webb
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This would be a wonderful ENglish Lit book. It tells a touching story of a place where literature is becoming extinct. But one guy is starting to learn how useful they are until things may come to a tragedy for him. It helps broaden the young mind for sure in this book and could be a favorite by most students"


Best What are the most-used books in English literature classes
1The GiverBooks 42 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 39 Paid
3The Catcher in the RyeBooks 37 Paid
4Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 35 Paid
5The Book ThiefBooks 32 Paid
6The HobbitBooks 30 Paid
7Brave New WorldBooks 27 Paid
81984Books 25 Paid
9FrankensteinBooks 22 Paid
10The Great GatsbyBooks 20 Paid

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