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Friday, April 23, 2010

Reading List

My time as a Fulbright ETA begins in September. That means I have about four months to prepare, at least two of which will hopefully be spent traveling. In the time I have, I will be reading furiously to supplement my pathetically deficient literary education, keeping an eye out for and actively seeking articles, games, materials and ideas that will be useful in teaching English through culture, and working on maintaining and improving my German skills.

To further this process, the following reading list has been composed. By no means comprehensive, this list represents the suggestions of others and my own ambitions, and will change and grow accordingly. I have no delusions about completing this list in the next few months, or in my lifetime, for that matter; but this will be the beginning, at least, of an expedition into the wild.

British Authors
Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express)
Charles Dickens (Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist)
George Bernard Shaw
George Elliot (Silas Marner, Daniel Deronda)
H.G. Wells (War of the Worlds, The Time Machine)
Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility, Persuation)
Jennifer Johnston
Lord Byron
Oscar Wilde
Roald Dahl
Rudyard Kipling
William Shakespeare

British Books
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by J.R.R. Tolkien
Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Waverley by Sir Walter Scott
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Sherlock Holmes by Nick Rennison
Dying Words by Nicholas Evans

American Authors
Edith Wharton
Ernest Hemingway
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Jack London
Langston Hughes
Mark Twain
Ray Bradbury
Richard Wright (Black Boy, Native Son)
Robert Frost
Sinclair Lewis (Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith)
Walt Whitman
Zora Neale Hurston

American Books
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann 
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language by David Anthony
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (or 1990's movie)
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old World, New World by Kathleen Burk
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (or movie)
The Scarlet Letter and House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

German (and Other) Books
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Damals War Es Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter
Tintenherz by Cornelia Funke
The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Translator by Daoud Hari
The First Word by Christine Kenneally
By Hook or By Crook by David Crystal

The following are books that I've read recently:
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Also, some links to book lists that may be useful:
Blog Post: 101 Books To Read Before You Die
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
The Essential Man's Library
Must-Read Literature List
A bit embarrassing for me: 6th to 8th grade reading list
Ambrose Seminary's List
Prentice Hall's High School List

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