Have some extra time during your summer break? Read a few of these books to effortlessly prepare for the SAT in your spare time. A warning, though, you may enjoy them.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: This book is so interesting and easy to read that I finished it one sitting. Read about one man’s struggle in pre-colonial Africa for how one bad event can ruin everything.
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin: The makers of the SAT are big fans of African-American literature. This Baldwin classic features real life situations, bluesy characters, and a different side of American life.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: Dig archaic English phasing and winding tales? Then you should enjoy Chaucer. Although a difficult read, this book is worth the effort for the dry British humor.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin: If you love tales of feminism and unexpected endings, check out Chopin.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Rich people spending a lot of money and doing foolish things. Remind you of anywhere?
Lord of the Flies by William Golding: What would you do if you and your schoolmates washed up on a deserted island? Find out how the book’s characters handled it.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: One word…weird.
Animal Farm by George Orwell: If you can understand the satire of this book, you will be able to handle just about anything the SAT can throw at you.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau: This book is one of my favorites. Thoreau presents his interesting point of view about life while being slightly anarchist.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: Action packed and slightly hard to follow, this book is incredibly vivid. I read it all weekend.
For a full list, check out the College Board List of 101 Great Books. Many of these books have been reproduced at low costs by Penguin Books. You can buy them at Borders in Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall or Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall for about Dhs 15 each. Look for the paperbacks with the peach-colored spine.
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