Top 10 American Books


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Okay, so the “real” topic was “Top 10 books with red, white, and blue covers”, but honestly…I could only think of three. So instead, I’m going to be really unoriginal here and list my top 10 “American” books.

So my requirements:

1). Must be written by an American author

2). Must represent some sort of “American” value.

3). Must be set in America, either contemporary or historical.

So without further ado…

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I feel like you can’t have this list without this book. It’s so iconic, and it’s so brilliant. Just don’t ever read Go Set a Watchman…
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: If you want a book that embodies American culture, I think this one is it.
  3. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: This is one of my favorite books, and I think everyone should read it.
  4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: I love this book, but it broke my heart.
  5. The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton: This is one of the earliest examples of true young adult literature, so I think it’s an incredibly important book.
  6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: I loved this book, and to me, it embodies the American dream: to rise above your circumstances.
  7. A Separate Peace by John Knowles:  I think I’m one of the few who didn’t hate this book. I don’t even really know why I liked it. I guess I thought it was interesting to read a book that took place in WWII from a young person’s perspective.
  8. The Shining by Stephen King: Honestly, Stephen King has to be on this list for me. He’s one of my favorite authors, so not including him would basically be a sin. Also, I love this book. It’s creepy but also thought provoking. So. Good.
  9. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger: This is another one of those early young adult books. Anyway, I loved it. I felt like it was real and authentic and interesting.
  10. Charlotte’s Web by E.B.Smith: This was one of my favorite books as a child, and it’ll always be special for me. I mean, my copy was pretty beat up because I read it so many times.  It’s also one of the books that made me love reading. I remember being so absorbed when I first read it. It was really powerful.



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