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Summer Reading at MBA: AP English

Information on summer reading for all grades, including the all-school read.

AP English Summer Reading

Summer Reading Requirement - AP English  

I. Each senior Advanced Placement student is required to read the two books below. These novels will be quizzed the first week of school and will be the basis of the year’s first theme:

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Toni Morrison, Beloved

II. Both students and faculty will also read James Clear’s Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, this summer’s All School Read. Please check the LibGuide link below for instructions on how to complete the brief project for Atomic Habits.

III. Each student must also read one book from the optional list below. This book will serve as the basis for an essay written in response to an AP topic to be assigned on the first day of class.

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

White Noise, Don DeLillo

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Washington Black, Esi Edugyan

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy 

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf