So you know how you guys are always saying to me, “Matt, you’re so smart and good looking. Why must you let your talents go to waste?” Well, have no fear, for I just recently signed up for an AP class.
An English AP class. No biggie. It’s not like I’m instantly smarter than all of you just because I’ll be taking an advanced class two months from now—OH WAIT I AM. Deal with it.
(Kidding about that last part.)
You’d think I’d learn from past experience that when I sign up for multiple advanced classes, it does not end well. Not for me, nor the teachers, nor my hair. But next year the only two classes available are AP English and English Regulars, and because I don’t find reading long, boring books nearly as painful as other students do, I decided to go with AP. And besides, I can’t go into a regular English class, because y’know, germs.
Anywho, for summer reading, there are at least three books I have to read, and since I have to pay for them myself, I want to pick the best ones. Of the mandatory books, there’s the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and The Crucible, (no author is stated for some reason). Then we could choose between ten* nonfiction books, including:
- No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg.
- The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win Word War II, by Denise Kiernan.
- Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer.
- Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa, by Peter Godwin.
- Dreams of My Father, by Barack Obama
- Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson.
- The Color of Water, James McBride
- If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, by Tim O’Brien.
- The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls.
- The Liar’s Club, by Mary Karr.
There’s also a list of fiction titles, that you could read for extra credit:
- A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
- The 13th Tale, by Diana Setterfield
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
- The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
- Forever, by Pete Hamill
- The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon.
- Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.
If anyone reading this has read any of the above listed books, please comment with your thoughts, because I’m cheap, and I don’t want to spend money for a book I might not even like.
Of these books, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is the only one I’m somewhat familiar with. I haven’t read it, but my mom’s been reading it for at least ten years now. I’m not kidding, I remember her reading this back when I was around six years old, and she still hasn’t finished it. So judging by the length of time it’s taking her, I assume it’s not very interesting.
Also, I’m disappointed with you all for the lack of comments guilting me into posting. (See this post if you’re new.) I’ve decided to fire all of you but one. You must fight amongst yourselves (to the death!) for the position. Good luck.
*After intense reexamination, I have come to the conclusion that there are exactly eleven books in the nonfiction list. It’s a good thing I’m not in any AP math classes, eh?