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what book should i read for english?

my teacher assigned harry potter but i want to read something more complex than that... i mean i love HP but im just not in the mood to reread a 600 page book at the end of the school year (its an easy read though haha)... she said we can ask her for permission to read another book and i have a couple on my list:
1. Atonement (another reread for me as well - #1 on my list)
2. Love In The Time of Cholera (iffy)
3. Count of Monte Cristo (seems super long... and i dont want to read long novels when summers about to start due to my senioritis lol)

anything else, or should i stick w HP?
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To kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee)
Tender is the Night (Fitzgerald)
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To kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee)
^^^ a classic grade 10 book for me.
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As much as I love HP, it is a children's series!!! lol

I recommend Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. She wrote it during WWII and never finished it because she was taken away by Nazis (she was Jewish). Still, it is beautifully written and romantic. It's one of my favorite books right now.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a fast, easy read you might wanna consider, as well. It is, however, kinda disturbing.
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To kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee)
Tender is the Night (Fitzgerald)
yeah i have that book. read it last year in eng. one of my classic favorites. (Im talking about TKAM)
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How about Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five?

Do a google for reviews etc...a great novel.
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i know this is so offtopic but cobrajetjoe is that you and your daughter?
*so cute!* hahaha
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The Kite Runner- Best. Book. Ever.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- Author wrote it on drugs. So a lot the story is questionable (was he tripping, or did it actually happen)
The Crucible- Classic. It's really short. But a lot can be analyzed for an essay
The Scarlet Letter- Classic. Hated by many, but I enjoyed it. There are a lot of places where you can skim past. Hawthorne is a blabber mouth.
Joy Luck Club- asians... lol
Memiors of a Geisha- Better than the movie. More historical details, character relationships are more complicated, etc
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The Kite Runner- Best. Book. Ever.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- Author wrote it on drugs. So a lot the story is questionable (was he tripping, or did it actually happen)
The Crucible- Classic. It's really short. But a lot can be analyzed for an essay
The Scarlet Letter- Classic. Hated by many, but I enjoyed it. There are a lot of places where you can skim past. Hawthorne is a blabber mouth.
Joy Luck Club- asians... lol
Memiors of a Geisha- Better than the movie. More historical details, character relationships are more complicated, etc
i read scarlet letter actually last yr. at first i hated it but i didnt mind the story. it was better than some books i read, so it wasnt too bad.
i also read geisha for fun.. just soo long though! lol i wanted to stop bc i kind of thought it was boring
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the old man and the sea, catcher in the rye, lovely bones
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i know this is so offtopic but cobrajetjoe is that you and your daughter?
*so cute!* hahaha
Yes...was taken at my sister's wedding in Sep 07.

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the old man and the sea, catcher in the rye, lovely bones
Good choices...Lovely bones was really good.
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no offense to hemingway, but 'the old man and the sea' was so boring!! i enjoyed 'a farewell to arms' much more.

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lol i thought old man and the sea was boring too...
i actually read catcher in the rye last year... it was a quick read but for some reason i just didnt like it... (the ending wasnt what i expected it to be) and i also read great gatsby.. quick read too but a bitter ending... it was really sad imo.
i tried to read lolita but fell asleep =/
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how about steinbeck? grapes of wrath, of mice and men?
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have you done The Outsiders?
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How about another Ian McEwan? Atonement is great but what about Amsterdam. It's my favorite book of his and it's a lot easier to analyse than Atonement (more ambivalent subject). Oooh but you know what, now that I think of it, what about Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Really awesome dystopian novel.
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how about steinbeck? grapes of wrath, of mice and men?
OMG of mice and men was SO good but it was so sad! i really did cry when i saw the movie omgggg
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From your original list, The Count of Monte Cristo was a really cool read, for me, but I enjoyed reading The Three Musketeers much more. Lots of adventure and excitement.

You're still in high school, right? I was going to make some other suggestions, but didn't want to get too far off the map, if ya know what I mean...

Other suggestions:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Eaters of the Dead or Andromeda Strain both by Michael Crichton
I'd also suggest anything by Tom Robbins, BUT, it might be a bit inappropriate.

Props to you for wanting to choose something a little more advanced, too, btw...

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owen meany was good. a bit long but still good. i saw the movie loosely based off the novel (simon birch) and that was a fascinating movie as well.

and yes im still in HS
i was thinking of les mis as well but isnt that like 8000 pages... i love the musical so may as well read the book!
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John Steinbeck - East of Eden
(Of Mice and Men is like 80 pages...long enough?)
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake OR The Handmaid's Tale
Pearl Buck - The Good Earth
Khaled Hosseini - Kite Runner OR Thousand Splendid Suns are both excellent

If you liked Count of Monte Cristo, you might like Sleepers (Lorenzo Carcaterra), although it might not be good studying material. Similar themes and a gripping plot, but the writing isn't stellar.

When I was in high school, I read Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt), Ladder of Years (blah), Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson), Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes), Death of a Salesman (Arther Miller), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) and I forget what else.....
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haha im in high school and for english i just read Flowers for Algernon (sad story as i also have a disability, ADD)
i also read atonement, and i suggest you try "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon, excellent read
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why no mention of the standard classic, Gatsby?
or perhaps Animal Farm... kinda short though

i would suggest A Clockwork Orange, but that requires more effort than you probably want to put forth at the end of the semester

EDIT: oops, now i see that gatsby was mentioned.... how about Wuthering Heights? I am really into the classics right now, obviously
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NO WUTHERING HEIGHTS. God. That book is sooo boring.

Atonement is good, but it was hard to read for me. I also like Memoirs of a Geisha but I don't think it acutally has much historical significance...I have never seen the movie. I haven't seen Atonement, either, so I am judging completely from the books.

Night by Elie Weisel sounds like the best one so far. Or A Clockwork Orange, but that's a longer read.
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Crime and Punishment - by some guy that sounds like a hat.

The Sun Also Rises - dude lived in monterey for sometime and basically drank himself to death.
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