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Grade 12 Recommended AP Literature Reading

AP Literature Reading List

With Exam Date Notations (specific years in parentheses).

Title, Author, Exam Date Notations

  • Great Expectations; Dickens (22, 21, 19, 18, 17, 15, 13, 12)
  • Wuthering Heights; Bronte, E. (22, 21, 17, 16, 15, 12)
  • Invisible Man; Ellison (22, 19, 16, 15, 13, 12)
  • Beloved; Morrison (21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14)
  • Jane Eyre; Bronte, C. (22, 21, 17, 16, 13)
  • Portrait of a Lady, The; James (21, 19, 18, 16, 14)
  • Native Son; Wright (22, 21, 19, 12)
  • Raisin in the Sun, A; Hansberry (22, 21, 14, 12)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God; Hurston (22, 17, 14, 13)
  • Othello; Shakespeare (22, 16, 15, 14)
  • Women of Brewster Place, The; Naylor (22, 16, 14, 12)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird; Lee, H; (21, 19, 15, 13)
  • Death of a Salesman; Miller; (21, 19, 14, 12)
  • King Lear; Shakespeare; (19, 18. 14, 12)
  • Heart of Darkness; Conrad (18, 16, 15, 12)
  • Things Fall Apart; Achebe (22, 18, 14)
  • Passage to India, A; Forster (22, 18, 12)
  • Catch-22; Heller (22, 16, 15)
  • Kite Runner, The; Hosseini (22, 16, 15)
  • Pride and Prejudice; Austen (22, 16, 12)
  • Scarlet Letter, The; Hawthorne (22, 15, 14)
  • Awakening, The; Chopin (21, 19, 14)
  • Odyssey, The; Homer (19, 17, 15)
  • Frankenstein; Shelley. M (18, 17, 15)
  • Crucible, The; Miller (16, 15, 14)
  • Oryx and Crake; Atwood (16, 14, 12)
  • Color Purple, The; Walker (16, 13, 12)
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles; Hardy (15, 14, 12)
  • Mill on the Floss, The; Eliot, G (22, 19)
  • Purple Hibiscus; Adichie (22, 13)
  • Bluest Eye, The; Morrison (21, 19)
  • House of Mirth, The; Wharton (21, 19)
  • All The Light We Cannot See; Doerr (21, 18)
  • Homegoing; Gyasi (21, 18)
  • Kindred; Butler (21, 18)
  • Never Let Me Go; Ishiguro (21, 16)
  • Streetcar Named Desire, A; Williams (21, 14)
  • Brown Girl, Brownstones; Marshall (21, 13)
  • God of Small Things, The; Roy (21, 13)
  • House on Mango Street, The; Cisneros (21, 13)
  • Sula; Morrison (21, 12)
  • Tempest, The; Shakespeare (19, 18)
  • Brave New World; Huxley (19, 17)
  • Importance of Being Earnest, The; Wilde (19, 17)
  • Great Gatsby, The; Fitzgerald (19, 16)
  • Gesture Life, A; Lee, C (19, 15)
  • Antigone; Sophocles (19, 14)
  • Catcher in the Rye, The; Salinger (19, 13)
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Joyce (19, 13)
  • Sound and the Fury, The Faulkner (19, 13)
  • Brideshead Revisited Waugh (19, 12)
  • My Antonia; Cather (19, 12)
  • Sun Also Rises, The Hemingway (19, 12)
  • When The Emperor Was Divine Otsuka (19, 22)
  • Dracula; Stoker (18, 17)
  • Iliad, The; Homer (18, 17)
  • Metamorphosis, The; Kafka (18, 17)
  • Crime and Punishment; Dostoyevsky (18, 16)
  • Madame Bovary; Flaubert (18, 16)
  • Picture of Dorian Gray; The Wilde (18, 16)
  • Twelfth Night; Shakespeare (17, 16)
  • Prayer for Owen Meany, A; Irving (17, 14)
  • Waiting for Godot; Beckett (17, 12)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Albee (16, 15)
  • Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The; Edwards (16, 14)
  • Much Ado About Nothing; Shakespeare (16, 14)
  • Atonement; McEwan (16, 13)
  • M. Butterfly; Hwang (16, 12)
  • Black Boy; Wright (15, 13)
  • Cat’s Eye; Atwood (15, 13)
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest; Kesey (15, 12)
  • Age of Innocence, The; Wharton (14, 12)
  • Poisonwood Bible, The; Kingsolver (14, 12)
  • Grapes of Wrath, The; Steinbeck (13, 12)
  • Brighton Rock; Greene (22)
  • Disposessed, The; LeGuin (22)
  • Dominicana; Cruz (22)
  • Dragon Can’t Dance, The; Lovelace (22)
  • East of Eden; Steinbeck (22)
  • Fahrenheit 451; Bradbury (22)
  • Hope Leslie; Sedgwick (22)
  • House of the Spirits, The; Allende (22)
  • Hummingbird’s Daughter, The; Urrea (22)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk; Baldwin (22)
  • Inheritance of Loss, The; Desai (22)
  • Love Medicine; Erdrich (22)
  • Nickel Boys, The; Whitehead (22)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four; Orwell (22)
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous; Vuong (22)
  • On Such A Full Sea; Lee, C (22)
  • Parable of the Sower; Butler (22)
  • Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The; Spark (22)
  • Robinson Crusoe; Defoe (22)
  • Sweat; Hurson (22)
  • Vanity Fair; Thackeray (22)
  • White Tiger, The; Adiga (22)
  • A House for Mr. Biswas; Naipaul (21)
  • All Over Creation; Ozeki (21)
  • Elmet; Mosley (21)
  • Fences; Wilson (21)
  • Haunting of Hill House; Jackson (21)
  • House of Seven Gables; Hawthorne (21)
  • Housekeeping; Robinson (21)
  • Howards End; Forster (21)
  • Mrs. Dalloway; Woolf (21)
  • Nervous Conditions; Dangarembga (21)
  • Northanger Abbey; Austen (21)
  • Passing; Larsen (21)
  • Professor’s House, The; Cather (21)
  • Remains of the Day, The; Ishiguro (21)
  • Round House, The; Erdrich (21)
  • Saturday; McEwan (21)
  • Secret Garden, The; Burnett (21)
  • Sense and Sensibility; Austen (21)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing; Ward (21)
  • Turn of the Screw, The; James (21)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Stowe (21)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing; Owens (21)
  • White Teeth; Smith (21)
  • Wide Sargasso Seal Rhys (21)
  • Alchemist, The; Coelho (19)
  • Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The; Diaz (19)
  • Candide; Voltaire (19)
  • Don Quixote; Cervantes (19)
  • Handmaid’s Tale, The; Atwood (19)
  • Lolita; Nabokov (19)
  • Aeneid, The; Virgil (18)
  • Alias Grace; Atwood (18)
  • Beowulf; Unknown (18)
  • Death in Venice; Mann (18)
  • Goldfinch, The; Tartt (18)
  • Mama Day; Naylor (18)
  • Man and Superman; Shaw (18)
  • Midnight’s Children; Rushdie (18)
  • Power of One, The; Courtenay (18)
  • Return of the Native; Hardy (18)
  • To the Lighthouse; Woolf (18)
  • English Patient, The; Ondaatje (17)
  • Grendel; Gardner (17)
  • Light in August; Faulkner (17)
  • Macbeth; Shakespeare (17)
  • Mayor of Casterbridge, The; Hardy (17)
  • Middlemarch; Eliot, G (17)
  • No Country for Old Men; McCarthy (17)
  • Oedipus Rex; Sophocles (17)
  • Orlando; Woolf (17)
  • Playboy of the Western World, The; Synge (17)
  • Tom Jones; Fielding (17)
  • Anna Karenina; Tolstoy (16)
  • As You Like It; Shakespeare (16)
  • Blind Assassin, The; Atwood (16)
  • Burgess Boys, The; Strout (16)
  • Doll House, A; Ibsen (16)
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Foer (16)
  • Hamlet; Shakespeare (16)
  • In the Lake of the Woods; O’Brien (16)
  • Jude the Obscure; Hardy (16)
  • Middlesex; Eugenides (16)
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan; See (16)
  • Yellow Raft in Blue Water, A; Dorris (16)
  • Bend in the River, A; Naipaul (15)
  • Billy Budd; Melville (15)
  • Last of the Mohicans; Cooper (15)
  • Lord of the Flies; Golding (15)
  • Mansfield Park; Austen (15)
  • Medea; Euripides (15)
  • Merchant of Venice, The; Shakespeare (15)
  • Night; Wiesel (15)
  • Oliver Twist; Dickens (15)
  • Red Badge of Courage, The; Crane (15)
  • Sister Carrie; Dreiser (15)
  • Sophie’s Choice; Styron (15)
  • Ethan Frome; Wharton (14)
  • Linden Hills; Naylor (14)
  • Noah’s Compass; Tyler (14)
  • Tale of Two Cities; Dickens (14)
  • Thousand Acres, A; Smiley (14)
  • Adventures of Augie March, The; Bellow (13)
  • Adventures of Huckeberry Finn; Twain (13)
  • All the Pretty Horses; McCarthy (13)
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory; Danticat (13)
  • Chosen, The; Potok (13)
  • Cider House Rules, The; Irving (13)
  • David Copperfield; Dickens (13)
  • Jasmine; Mukherjee (13)
  • Joy Luck Club, The; Tan (13)
  • Joys of Motherhood, The; Emecheta (13)
  • Namesake, The; Lahiri (13)
  • Secret Life of Bees, The; Kidd (13)
  • Separate Peace, A; Knowles (13)
  • Siddhartha; Hesse (13)
  • Song of Solomon; Morrison (13)
  • Sorrows of Young Werther; Goethe (13)
  • Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The; Wroblewski (13)
  • Thousand Splended Suns, A; Hosseini (13)
  • Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A; Smith (13)
  • Woman Warrior; Kingston (13)
  • Absalom, Absalom!; Faulkner (12)
  • Another Country; Baldwin (12)
  • Ceremony; Silko (12)
  • Daisy Miller; James (12)
  • Glass Menagerie, The; Williams (12)
  • Maggie:  A Girl of the Streets; Crane (12)
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream, A; Shakespeare (12)
  • No Exit; Sartre (12)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude; Garcia Marquez (12)
  • Piano Lesson, The; Wilson (12)
  • Plague, The; Camus (12)
  • Snow Falling on Cedars; Guterson (12)