Book Suggestions *Please Read*

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Kakashi, Jun 12, 2009.

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Which ones? Choose *3 max*

Poll closed Sep 20, 2009.
  1. Cider House Rule- Irving

    6.7%
  2. Scarlet Letter- Hawthorne

    20.0%
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha- Golden

    26.7%
  4. Frankenstein- Shelley

    66.7%
  5. The Namesake- Lahiri

    26.7%
  6. Alias Grace- Atwood

    13.3%
  7. Shipping News- Proulx

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Bluest Eye- Morrison

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. For Whom the Bell Tolls- Hemingway

    33.3%
  10. Brave New World- Huxley

    26.7%
  11. A Thousand Acres- Smiley

    6.7%
  12. Their Eyes Were Watching God- Hurston

    6.7%
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  1. Kakashi

    Kakashi The Fighters Guide House Member

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    I need to choose three of these books to read over the summer for my English class =P

    So please, choose three you like, or just one or two if you've only read those. And warn me if you really hated any of the books.

    And please don't be a douche and vote for all of them.. I'd never forgive you.
     
  2. Lord Yuan

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    Whatever you do don't ****ing read, THE SCARLET LETTER. But I think you know that already.
     
  3. Kakashi

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    I'm pretty positive I'm reading Frankenstein no matter what.

    And I already read the Scarlet Letter.. so I might just BS the essays and get away with not reading D=
     
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    Sounds like a plan. Next read the shortest book.
     
  5. Árëlin Milloway

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    Frankenstein and Alias Grace are AWESOME. I just read The Namesake for my English class, and it's not bad. Not bad at all. ^^

    Big NO to Scarlet Letter, I never read it. Never intend to either.
     
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    Frankenstein and Namesake most definitely. I haven't read Alias Grace, but am now a fan of Atwood so I say read it. Frankenstein is amazing, one of my favorite books of all time.

    And stay away from Scarlet Letter. That book made me wish I didn't know how to read.
     
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    I chose Frankenstein. I don't get what's so wrong with the Scarlet Letter, but maybe I'm just weird.
     
  8. Lord Yuan

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    remember the part where the book didn't make any sense and it wouldn't shut the **** up about Pearl being an elf child? I will never forget it.
     
  9. Greybeard

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    No part of The Scarlet Letter didn't make sense; if you think any part did, you need to read it again. Besides, you recommended it yourself as it's probably the shortest of the bunch.

    Read For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway is a sure winner, fast moving and easy to read. Just remember it's about death. Everything Papa wrote is about death.

    Avoid Atwood if you value your sanity; she's easily the worst Canadian writer ever to make it big. But at least you don't have to read The Edible Woman.
     
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    Only book on that list I've read is Frankenstein, so I added a vote to it. :p
     
  11. Lord Yuan

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    Well...I suppose it did make alot of sense...its just that....well...it was annoying. The old-timey words and the slow pace of the book, and the repetition and constant stressing of plot points got to me.
     
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    I would go for Alias Grace, Frankenstein, and The Namesake.

    I have only read Frankenstein and Scarlet Letter...didn't really care for The Scarlet Letter. :)
     
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    For whom the Bell Tolls, Memories of a Geisha & The Namesake would be my 3 choices
     
  14. Árëlin Milloway

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    >.< Atwood is my absolute favourite author... So I guess that statement is debatable. I enjoyed reading The Edible Woman. Not as much as some of her other stuff, but I still liked it.


    I'm reading For Whom The Bell Tolls at the moment, it's going rather slowly for me, but that might just be that I'm in more of a Gaiman mood...
     
  15. Kakashi

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    I chose Frankenstein (for obvious reasons). It's reeeeeeeally good. I mean reeeeeeeeeeally. Better than I would have thought even. Looking forward to For Whom the Bell Tolls next and then likely the namesake :)
     
  16. Liadan

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    I disliked Memoirs of a Geisha. This may be because I am automatically prejudiced against random books on Japan.

    I did, however, pick Hemmingway and Shelley.

    Edit: Oh, and Huxley. Incidentally is this for AP Literature?
     
  17. Kakashi

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    Yep, exactly right ^^

    have you taken it?
     
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    Frankenstein is very good, but it can be a pain to get through sometimes.
     
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    Yup, and AP English Language and Composition; I had a sneaking suspicion when I saw only English and American classics on your list, haha.

    Honestly though, when I took the class in my junior year, we focused solely on American literature (we'd taken English lit the year before). The open essay isn't anywhere near as bad as it sounds, depending on how skilled you are at creative improvisation. What I'd suggest is, rather than reading a bunch of books and doing a shallow analysis, is to pick a few (short) novels that are easy to analyze. Race/gender issues are a big one, making Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" and Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" perfect books to focus on.

    For Frankenstein, I'd focus on self-identity issues. Or you could even do gender issues w/ the way he treats his sister. The possibilities are endless.

    Just throwing in my two cents.
     
  20. Kakashi

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    I think last year was supposed to be American Lit, so I have no clue what's wrong with my school :p


    Alright, thanks for the suggestions ^^ I really had no clue what to write my essays on until now