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Ultimate Guide to Every Book You’ll Need For The AP Literature Exam

AP Literature is a great class, thats super helpful for becoming a better writer, and for getting your Intro English credit for most colleges in the USA.

AP Lit, as its called by many, is a lot of work though, and will other classes, and since its typically taken Senior Year, a combination of senioritis and college stuff to do, it can be hard to finish all your reading, and retain the details by the end of the year.

Thats where this guide comes in. This is not every book classic literature possible to be read in an AP Lit class, but this list contains books approved for use on the test, and between then, covers every past theme and main idea an essay question has asked, making sure you have something to write about.

These guides include: meta data, author information, plot summary, character summary, symbols and themes, etc.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Good for: Questions about work, capitalism, the psyche, family, absurdism, human existence


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Good for: Comedy, mistakes identity, family, romance, social norms, wordplay


1984 by George Orwell

Good for: dystopia, futurism, political commentary


The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

Good for: Family, human nature/existence, guilt, regret, mortality


Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Good for: tragedy, death, revenge, patience, family, the afterlife, suicide


Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly

Good for: responsibility, monsters and what makes them, gifts and curses, life, death, playing god, mankind, gothic


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Good for: non-western perspectives, tragedy, death, muslim culture, religion, family, war, women’s roles in society


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Good for: family, marriage, societal expectation, coming of age, romance, gossip


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