One thing about school is scheduled reading.
Over my four years of high school I have read a wide variety of novels, plays, and whatever would influence greater thinking.
I’ll try to dig deep in remembrance and make a list here:
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Favorite of Shakespeare), Macbeth, and Julius Caesar. Hamlet is next.
Death of a Salesman & The Crucible: Arthur Miller, The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck, Animal Farm & 1984: George Orwell, The Odyssey: Homer, Night: Elie Wiesel, A Separate Peace: John Knowles, The Stranger & The Fall: Albert Camus, Life of Pi: Yann Martel, The Awakening: Kate Chopin, A Walk in the Woods: Bill Bryson, On Writing: Steven King, A Thousand Splendid Suns & The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini, Unbroken: Laura Hillenbrand, The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho, Goddess of Yesterday: Caroline B. Cooney, Don’t Call Me Ishmael: Michael Gerard Bauer, The Gospel According to Larry: Janet Tashjian, The Book Thief: Markus Kusak, The Road: Cormac McCarthy, The Glass Castle: Jeannette Walls, The Catcher in the Rye: J. D. Salinger
There maybe some summer reading books missing, I don’t know.
But just by looking at that list, all I can think of is time. Time to write, time to read, time to analyze. There was a lot of effort put into these works. Amazing words are among them. Amazing words.
But away from classics, the school stuff, I have been starving for some titles of my own choosing. My book shelf mostly consists of books that I have already read. Someday, I would love to read the Oz series, 1 to 14. I’ve read a couple, out of order, until I realized that there was an order.. They sit in broken alinement, ugh I need more of L. Frank Baum’s books. I love them.
・Hold on, let me grab my list・
To continue my series, I’d like to buy (I’m guilty of being the type of person who likes to get their own copies of books) and read:
•The Revenge of Seven, from the I am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore.
•The Battle for WondLa from The Search for WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi
•The Blood of Olympus from Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Then I have my random novels and such:
•Peony by Pearl S. Buck
•American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Love Gaiman! I’ve also read his books: The Ocean at The End of the Lane & Coraline)
•Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
•What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
•Defending Jacob by William Landay
And my books just sitting on my shelf waiting to be picked up:
•A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
•40 by Travis Thrasher
•Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
•my Oz series
Something I really like that books have the power to hold, is their capability to shut up the human being and bring them somewhere else entirely with silent letters building a story.
Thank god we have books. That is all I have to say about that.