My English 301 professor operated under the assumption that everyone in class had already read Jane Eyre and therefore many of his examples and analogies incorporated that text. However, somewhere along the line, I hadn't. It wasn't required reading in my high school and then once I got to college, they figured most of us had read it before. Finally after a few weeks of confusion and hoping he would start using examples from other texts, I went and got a copy of Jane Eyre and read it on my own on top of my required course reading so I could actually know what my teacher was talking about.
The more I browse library shelves and talk to other book lovers, the more I find that I have serious gaps in my reading history. Usually on this blog that's in reference to the fact that I'm a little late to the YA party, but I'm here now and trying to catch up. But this time, I'm thinking more along the lines of canonical literature - those books that people assume (and usually, rightly so) that people who have English degrees, have their teaching certificate for English, or are librarians (and I'm all three) have read them. Some books on my Goodreads "to read" list that I'm kind of embarrassed to admit I haven't read yet already are:
- Catch 22
- The Bell Jar
- The Sun Also Rises
- More by Shakespeare. Nothing specific, just MORE
- On the Road
- The Iliad
- A Clockwork Orange
- Anna Karenina
And so on and so forth. And so, I think the time has come for this blog to spread its wings just a little bit. Is this still going to primarily be a place where my love for YA literature is overflowing? Yes, but there are still plenty of books out there such as some of the ones listed above that would still be incredibly good for teens (really, all of us) to read because they have value.
So my questions for you, dear readers, are these:
1. Are there any books where you've always meant to read them but still haven't?
2. What other books am I missing that should really be on this list?
Comments welcome (really, I love getting them otherwise I wouldn't ask for them!), and as always, happy reading!