Summer Reading List!

I am constantly mentally composing and revising reading lists; the problem is that they remain fairly nebulous if they never get written down. So, in an effort to make it more likely that I actually read some of the things on my list, I’m going to write it down.

The “Almost certainlies”:

  1. C.S. Lewis: Till We Have Faces (a book I re-read every year or so)
  2. Charles Williams: probably either Descent Into Hell or All Hallow’s Eve, and probably The Place of the Lion
  3. Max Brooks: World War Z (update: completed 6/10)
  4. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale (update: completed 5/18)
  5. Mary Shelley: The Last Man
  6. Thomas Hardy: Jude the Obscure

The “Probablies” and the “Mostly-probablies”:

  1. Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities (update: completed 5/14)
  2. Don DeLillo: White Noise
  3. Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451
  4. Søren Kierkegaard/John the Silent: Fear and Trembling
  5. Sigmund Freud: Beyond the Pleasure Principle
  6. Terry Eagleton: Literary Theory
  7. Aldous Huxley: Brave New World

The preëmptive reading for next semester (probably):

  1. E.M. Forster: Maurice (update: completed late July)
  2. Oscar Wilde: The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (update: completed late July) and Salome
  3. Jeanette Winterson: Sexing the Cherry
  4. Virgina Woolf: Orlando

The “Probably-nots” (or “probablies-not”):

  1. Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (update: completed late May)
  2. Umberto Eco: Foucault’s Pendulum
  3. Jorge Luis Borges: Labyrinths
  4. Leonard Cohen: Beautiful Losers
  5. Samuel Delany: Dhalgren
  6. Slavoj Žižek: The Fragile Absolute
  7. Alan Moore: V for Vendetta
  8. James Joyce: Ulysses (this one is an “almost-certainly-not” – especially because I ought to read Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man first)

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