Thursday, April 26, 2012
Posted by JaneGS
My daughter just brought home her reading list for next year's high school senior English AP class. I'm pretty pleased with it overall.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Blindness, Jose Saramago
Rest of the Year
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams *
Hamlet, Shakespeare *
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner *
Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner *
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston *
Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
The Dubliners, James Joyce
White Noise, Don DeLillo
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Sad to say, I've only read five out of the twelve (which I've starred), although Frankenstein is definitely on my short-term TBR list, and I would like to read The Dubliners, maybe for my Ireland Reading Challenge.
Overall, I'm happy with the list and think my daughter will like some of the books on it. I remember reading As I Lay Dying and Hamlet as a high school senior, and liking both of them. I only read Their Eyes Were Watching God last year, and thought it so powerful.
It'll be interesting to compare this list to my son's list when he brings it home. He's in the International Baccalaureate program and is also a senior next year, and I expect his list to have far fewer American authors than does this AP list.