This summer, between flights to and from Portugal, metro travels, and lounging on the beach, I have read three books. Now, that may not sound like much, but Diana Gabaldon’s second novel in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, is a whopping 752 pages!
Nonetheless, I call myself an English Literature major, as well English teacher and writer, and so I must challenge myself to read more! In fact, I am ashamed to admit that I do not read as much as I should. “Should” being the amount I perceive a successful writer, teacher, and student of English ought to have under her imaginary, academic belt.
Here’s the deal, I am going to challenge myself (and my students) to create a book list: half-derived from the cannon, and half-composed from the books that I’ve desired to read, but haven’t touched yet. *Some books in my list will be re-reads, because I feel that I have not read them in many years, or because I read them at age in which I fear I did not grasp the novel entirely.
The novel list will grow as I go, but here are the first 20 books.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigur
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Emma by Jane Austen
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anserson
My idea is to write a summary (dare I say, book review?) of each read! What do you think? Have you read any of these? Comments, critiques, or suggestions?