Welcome to my semester reading list, also known as the reason why posts may be lacking throughout the next three months. I’m actually reading some relatively interesting books for class this semester, thanks to my Young Adult Lit class, which keeps things a bit easier when I’m jumping around 3-4 books at a time.
Course: Young Adult Literature
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillion
Picking these novels apart and learning how the young adult genre has changed over the years is fascinating. I was a huge YA reader in middle school and early high school, but gradually grew out of it around my senior year, while I applied for colleges and suffered from a serious identity crisis. Revisiting the genre in an academic setting has been enlightening and has rekindled my love for YA, especially the older, “classic” coming-of-age stories like The Outsiders.
Course: Writing About Literature
Lying by Lauren Slater
The Marquise of O by Heinrich von Kleist
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Lover by Marguerite Duras
Textbook: Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson
I just finished reading Lauren Slater’s Lying, and it’s absolutely phenomenal; it proposes a lot of questions and really makes you think about the blurred lines between fact and fiction, specifically regarding memoir. No spoiler alerts, but the ending blew my mind. We’re also reading a lot of short stories, recently Raymond Carver’s “Gazebo,” which I loved even after reading about twenty different times. Hopefully, the rest of these reads and our class discussions will be just as interesting.
Course: Literary Criticism
Billy Budd and Other Stories by Herman Melville
Textbook: Literary Theory: An Anthology
This class will be the death of me. How many times can one read “Billy Budd” before spontaneously combusting?
Have you read any of these? Any interesting books on your college reading list, past or present? Let me know!