101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

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message 1: by Amber (new)

Amber The last Book wouldn't Fit so i am adding it as a comment
Native Son By Richard Wright
Native Son


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'll vote for it, Amber, so it'll be on there.


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Not 1984 ?


message 4: by Debbie (new)

Debbie I agree - 1984 should definitely be on the list!

Just reading the list makes me want to be young again and read these books for the first time.

With a few exceptions, I'd say most would make great background for going off as to college as a well-read young person. A few books - like Swann's Way - might best be on a list of books that await as treats for grownups.


message 5: by Amber (new)

Amber Thom wrote: "Not 1984 ?"

I got this list from http://www.collegeboard.org, and tried to reproduce it as accurately as possible. While I agree that 1984 is a great read, it wasn't on their list so i didn't include it on this one.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You want me to add that link to the list description?


message 7: by Amber (new)

Amber Susanna wrote: "You want me to add that link to the list description?"

Already done.
Thanks!


message 8: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Cleaned up the list.


message 9: by Troy (new)

Troy Church RVHS BRUH.


message 10: by Emily (new)

Emily Stewart Hello! I would love to have my students choose from the 101 Books recommended from the College Board this, but I see a lot are added to this as we're sitting at 140 titles. Is it possible to delete those that people have added? Sorry to be a pain.


message 11: by Amber (last edited Jun 11, 2020 06:23AM) (new)

Amber I will work on cleaning up the list ( I agree it has gotten a bit unmanagable). In the meantime, you can access the list through the link in the description. I've also copied it here.
Thanks!

http://wcpscollegeandcareer.weebly.co...

Emily wrote: "Hello! I would love to have my students choose from the 101 Books recommended from the College Board this, but I see a lot are added to this as we're sitting at 140 titles. Is it possible to delete..."


message 12: by Zachary (new)

Zachary Sweet Medea by Euripides isn't supposed to be on the list.


message 13: by Amber (new)

Amber You are correct, I have asked for that title to be removed, but it hasn't been done yet.
Thanks!

Zachary wrote: "Medea by Euripides isn't supposed to be on the list."


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'll remove it.


message 15: by Amber (new)

Amber Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "I'll remove it."

Thank you!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.


message 17: by Concordia (new)

Concordia Librarian This list has no authority. Where is the evidence that this list was made by the College Board? The link listed goes to a Chinese website.


message 18: by Amber (last edited Jun 11, 2020 06:21AM) (new)

Amber Concordia wrote: "This list has no authority. Where is the evidence that this list was made by the College Board? The link listed goes to a Chinese website."

Hi Concordia.
While the College Board did create this list, they no longer link to it. I will do my best to get the url in the description updated. I will also link to the list below.

http://wcpscollegeandcareer.weebly.co...


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