I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve told you what I’m reading. Since I’m hoping to read a lot over break, I wanted to tell you about what I read during Fall semester of school.
I read SO much it feels like, but I’m going to limit this post to the highlights. I love to read, I do, but reading for school is such a different experience than reading for pleasure. However, this semester some of my reading felt like pleasure because it was just so great!
This semester I read four novels for my American novel course, and realized just how much I love American Literature. I turned this class into an honors course by doing an outside project, which was a 20-page research paper on how poverty affect family structure. I wrote on two novels we read in the course: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. These were two of my favorite novels we read in the course! They’re both SO good. You should definitely read both. <emWinter's Bone is one of my favorite novels to date. The other two novels we read for this course were Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Both novels were great, and I will always love a good Faulkner novel. He’s simply divine. Actually, a lot of Woodrell’s writing is reminiscent of Faulkner, which I think is why I like him so much.
For my other courses, I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, which was a good novel, even though my class didn’t discuss it super in-depth. A lot of people fell behind on the reading because we had to read it so quickly. The other novel we read was Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, which I loved. This novel was fantastic! I also realized how much I like Thomas Hardy, an author I’d never read. We also read assorted poems by Hardy, which were great! We read selections from various poets from the Norton Anthologies from the Romantic Era, the Victoria Era, and the 20th Century for British Literature. I’m not a huge poetry person, but I do like Hardy, Tennyson, and Wordsworth.
For my upper division religion (I go to a Catholic school), I read the entire Divine Comedy. Not many people can say this! It was quite the task, and my professor made a point of going through almost every page of the entire work, which really helped my comprehension and make the countless Biblical allusions.
I read a lot this semester, though this post mainly included the novels. I read a ton of selections for my Theory of Law course, and my other classes were sprinkled with selections. This semester was super stressful, but I made it through, and read some great works in the process.