Every year since I started high school I’ve written myself a Summer Reading List. For the first few years, these were almost all just pleasure reads or books I hadn’t gotten a chance to get into yet. But after starting my English degree and making friends with a lot of English majors who are much more well read than I am, I decided to use my summer to read the books I felt I should read to be able to fully complete my English education. I also found that a lot of my English classes were very specific (ex. ‘The Graphic Novel’ or ‘Shakespeare’) and there was a lot of amazing literature out there I’m missing out on. Plus, the more I read, the more I can engage in the texts I read for class *whispers: which means I can sound smarter without working that hard!* But I never seem to make it through the whole list.
SO. This summer is the first summer in a long time when I won’t have to work and will have tons of free reading time! Which means no excuses, I’m reading my entire list by September! And each time I finish a book, I’ll write an informal review of what I thought about it.
Here is what I have so far (in no particular order). I am allowing myself to add, but not take away, from the list below:
The Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Evelina by Frances Burney
Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Suggestions are welcome!!