This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Books I Want To Reread (or if you don't reread...would reread in an ideal world)
1. Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking: I read this one the summer before my eighth grade year and it really changed the way I saw the world and the information I was learning from others. I had heard of World War II by that time, but hadn't heard what the Japanese had done to the Chinese nor about the lack of help the Chinese received. But I was 13, so there is probably a lot that I didn't comprehend then that I would if I were to re-read it now.
2. J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: this is one of the books that I was supposed to read in high school but didn't. Except for To Kill a Mockingbird, I didn't read all the way through a single book assigned to me (caveat: the times when I had the choice between five-ten novels on the A.P. summer project list). I've always wanted to read the whole book and I think I have a copy, I just haven't gotten to it yet.
3. Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House: just finished reading this one for my Forms of Fiction class and I did not get into it at all. I think the problem was reading it over the course of several days instead of just one or two like the rest of my classmates did. I think if I would have stayed in the story longer, it may have done what it was supposed to do. In spite of that, I found myself relating to Eleanor and that alone makes me want to go back and try to figure out everything so I can see how she and the rest of them had to deal with living at that house.
4. John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath: another required book from high school that I didn't read. Can't believe I went from never reading books for English class to becoming an English major...funny how life works sometimes.
5. Rebecca Wells' Ya-Ya series: now that I have all three novels about the Ya-Yas, I want to read them back to back to back instead of the years in between reading Divine Secrets...and Little Altars Everywhere.
6. William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury: this one was assigned my senior semester (I graduated high school a semester early...yes, not reading what was required and all), but after my grandpa died, I went a couple of months without doing much of anything. I'm sad to say that I didn't even pick up this book except to move it off my bed. And I was so excited to get my syllabus and see that book on it.
7. Mary Karr's memoirs: At some point, I want to go back and read The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit back to back to back. I read the first two in quick succession, but it was years before I read Lit (since it wasn't published until 2008 or 2009 I believe...it was an early Xmas gift that I was supposed to read during my break, but I got so excited I ended up finishing it all before I went home for the holidays in part thanks to a temp job proctoring exams.)
8. Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology: I can't remember if we were supposed to read the whole book or just sections from it, but either way, I just read sections of it. But I liked what I did read, so it'll be cool to one day read the whole thing.
9. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: so in addition to not reading what was required in high school, I got extra special my junior year after seeing that the only things we were reading were this novel and The Crucible. Let's just say that I wasn't happy about that...and it didn't help being the only black kid in the class. No one quite got the fact that I wasn't pleased that the only two black people featured in our readings were both slaves. Though I didn't do anything about it other than not read them...and tank my grade in the process. Think it through, kids, all I'm saying.
10. Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms: this was another book I read in middle school (while everyone else was reading the first two Harry Potter books...yeah, I've been a tad smidge bit strange since forever). This is one that I would love to read again as an adult.
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