Reading on your own is an excellent way to prepare for the ACT exam – it isn’t necessary for your only method of preparation to be reading short, boring passages and answering tedious questions about them. A better test prep goal is to substantially increase the amount of time you spend reading, and to read broadly across genres. You can read any book you like, at any pace you like, and consider it ‘ACT prep’!
While by no means comprehensive, the following authors have works that are at a level and in a format similar to those typically found on the ACT. As you search for interesting books to read, these might spark your interest.
Ann Fadiman – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
There are many ways to find books that interest you. Investigate the Pulitzer Prize winners for the past several years, create a Goodreads account to get personalized recommendations based on books you’ve already read, and look through even more lists like the following:
List of books with multicultural themes / characters and this list too (because the ACT always has at least one passage on a minority ethnic group, especially concerning the immigrant experience)
List of popular autobiographies and biographies (because the ACT always has at least one passage written in first-person, and generally contains an account of someone’s life through an autobiography / biography / memoir)