Here are a list of titles and authors that I have enjoyed, and that I heartily recommend to anyone who wants to read a good book. The books have been ranked according to my opinion as to their difficulty level from *-easy to *****-very challenging.
Note to students: Remember that points for outside reading will be distributed according the difficulty level of the book you choose, as well as the effort and accuracy of your book review. A flawless book review can earn you a maximum of 15 extra credit points (novels we read in class do NOT count towards this extra credit opportunity). You may turn in ONE book review PER quarter.
***The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
*****A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
***Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
*****The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
****The Awakening Kate Chopin
***Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
***Lord of the Flies
****Brave New World Aldous Huxley
*To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
***Emma Jane Austen
*Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
*Huck Finn Mark Twain
*"Romeo and Juliet"
**"The Taming of the Shrew"
***"The Merchant of Venice"
**"Much Ado About Nothing"
*****The Odyssey Homer
****The Frogs Aristophanes
***The Libation Bearers Aeschylus
***The Eumenides Aeschylus
**Oedipus the King
**The Bacchae Euripedes
Young Adult Literature
*Breathing Underwater Alex Flinn
*What My Mother Doesn't Know
**The Hunger Games (Trilogy)
*****The Book Thief
***Harry Potter J.K Rowling
*Catherine Called Birdy
**House of the Scorpion
**Wolf by the Ears
**Mexican White Boy
Contemporary Adult Fiction/Nonfiction
***Smashed:Story of a Drunken GIrlhood
****The DaVinci Code Dan Brown
****Angels and Demons Dan Brown
****The Lovely Bones
***The Five People You Meet In Heaven
****Love in the Time of Cholera