Wider reading: Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature

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In September, i got a list from my English literature teacher about what books to choose for wider reading. I get that we have to read the books, but im not sure how to go about taking notes for them that will be useful in the exam? What techniques did you use for your wider reading for AS AQA English literature? Did you just pick a few quotes from the book that show specific themes you could use for section a of the exam? Thanks!
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In September, i got a list from my English literature teacher about what books to choose for wider reading. I get that we have to read the books, but im not sure how to go about taking notes for them that will be useful in the exam? What techniques did you use for your wider reading for AS AQA English literature? Did you just pick a few quotes from the book that show specific themes you could use for section a of the exam? Thanks!
I didn't do this one, I did WW1 Lit instead. However I did pretty much what you just said.

All I did was do it by themes. So yours would be; lost identity, sexuality, race, religion, isolation, self-knowledge, etc etc. Once you have these themes, try and get quotes from many different genres as. Just remember the quotes. But make them they are obvious ones that are easy to unpick under pressure and exam conditions. I made sure that the quotes I used could show either language, form or structure. However, I always thought structure was way more abstract, where you had to relate your quote which would be on about form and language, and then relate to how your quote shows structure throughout the genre you are writing about.
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