The present era is the era of competition. The one who is well prepared stands chance to succeed. Once again it all depends on what books you refer to. The competition of today is not the kind where one is expected to do a lot of labor and hard work and also not of the kind where simply learning things bye rote would serve the purpose. Examiners and paper setters have grown smart over the years. So the competition today expects students to have thorough knowledge of each and everything that is related to exam. But reading and learning everything concerning subject is hilarious task and almost unachievable. So one needs smart approach even to read things thoroughly.One step is choosing the books smartly and not going by the marketing gimicks of publishers.
Here are some options to choose from. Some of the books are tried and tested whereas others stand to the scrutiny of readers. So go ahead and choose your pick. And of course, wish you luck.
A must read for all English literature students
A Glossary of Literary Terms 10th Edition Author -M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Harpham