Today on Facebook I asked for some help in compiling a Summer Reading list. I was very happy with the quick replies, but of course as soon as I posted the request, I realized that I have access to a list of possible books I will have to read this fall. Since I’m taking so many courses, I might as well get a head start on my reading and only have to skim them later, right?

So now I’d like to read about half of the books that I know I’ll have assigned this Fall if I can make it happen. Here’s what I’ve found…

For my American Gothic class:
Joyce Carol Oates: American Gothic Tales;
Charles Brockden Brown: Edgar Huntly;
Edgar Allan Poe: Tales;
Henry James: The Turn of the Screw;
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper
Shirley Jackson: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

For my American Lit II class:
The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, Richard Ellman ed.
Kate Chopin The Awakening,
Joseph Heller Catch 22,
Percival Everett Erasure,
Alice Notley The Descent of Alette.

I can’t honestly say that I’m excited about the Anthology of Poetry, but at least it’s modern stuff, which I tend to despise less than other stuff I’ve had to read.

I have two more classes that I’ll have reading to do in, so I should probably really get going on some of these books. Luckily a couple of them are ones that I’ve actually wanted to read before, so maybe it won’t be so terrible!

Thanks to all who gave recommendations, I definitely wrote them down and will be checking them out if I manage to finish all of those by the end of the summer. Any encouraging remarks about what I have to read would be greatly appreciated!