AP English Literature Summer Readings
In order to prepare for AP English Literature, please read the following works during the
summer. Read them carefully, underlining and making comments as you read. Look for
symbols, themes, important quotations and character traits. Even if you have read these
books, please re-read them. You will be writing about them and testing on them when
you return in August.

The Catcher in the Rye – Salinger
Lord of the Flies – Golding
Brave New World – Huxley
From the King James Bible (the most poetical)
• The Garden of Eden – Genesis 1-3
• Cain and Abel – Genesis 4
• Noah and the Flood – Genesis 6-9
• The Tower of Babel – Genesis 11
• The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah – Genesis 18-19
• Abraham and Isaac – Genesis 21-22
• Jacob and Esau – Genesis 25
• Joseph, his brothers and the coat of many colors – Genesis 37

Highly Recommended Readings:
The entire Bible (Old & New Testaments)
Edith Hamilton’s Mythology
“I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson

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