Back to Books: The List that I Need to Get Around to Reading (stat)

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.

  1. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigur
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  9. Emma by Jane Austen
  10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  11. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  13. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  14. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  15. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  16. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  17. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
  18. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  19. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  20. 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?

With love,

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