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    What books could you recommend reading before starting the A level English literature course, other than the set texts?
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    Do you know which texts you'll be covering? Every school does different texts but I think the categories are more or less the same. For AS, we looked at Gothic Literature from the 1900s so we read Frankenstein, but other classes read Dorian Gray (which is a classic, so I'd recommend reading it) and Jane Eyre. I disliked Frankenstein to be honest. Then we read another book that was less known, and compared it to a play.
    It depends what kind of books you like, but I would recommend reading some classics, like Wuthering Heights and Anna Karenina, just so you can get used to the type of language used, since most novels from this era are written in a way that takes a while to get used to.
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    (Original post by Petulia)
    Do you know which texts you'll be covering? Every school does different texts but I think the categories are more or less the same. For AS, we looked at Gothic Literature from the 1900s so we read Frankenstein, but other classes read Dorian Gray (which is a classic, so I'd recommend reading it) and Jane Eyre. I disliked Frankenstein to be honest. Then we read another book that was less known, and compared it to a play.
    It depends what kind of books you like, but I would recommend reading some classics, like Wuthering Heights and Anna Karenina, just so you can get used to the type of language used, since most novels from this era are written in a way that takes a while to get used to.
    Thank you, for AS we will be reading The Kite Runner, The great Gatsby and either Jane Eyre or The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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    Thank you, for AS we will be reading The Kite Runner, The great Gatsby and either Jane Eyre or The Picture of Dorian Gray.
    We had to read Jane Eyre in Year 11 and I found it incredibly boring. Wuthering Heights is by Charlotte Bronte's sister, Emily, and it's one of my favourite books, so it would be a good one to read over the summer if you're looking for something written in a similar style to Jane Eyre.
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    My advice is: don't just restrict yourself to texts that are like your A Level ones. Read as much and as broadly as possible. One of the most valuable commodities in literary interpretation is perspective, and you won't get that by limiting your reading to those directly relevant to your A-levels. Look at what are considered some of the most seminal works in fiction, find one that sounds interesting from an era or movement, or of a style, by a writer with whom you're unfamiliar, and have fun with it.
 
 
 
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