After heated discussions at home and over email, much searching, and proposal after counterproposal, I unveil The Reading List.
- The Lazarus Project, Aleksandar Hemon
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
- Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogal (trans. C.J. Hogarth)
- Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife, Lisa Miller
- Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
- A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
- Blue Angel, Francine Prose
- The Ethics of Ambiguity, Simone de Beauvoir
- Daemon, Daniel Saurez
- A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
- Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst
- Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
- Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
Thirteen books in all: a loose baggy monster* of nonfiction, literary fiction, suspense, science fiction/fantasy, and classics. By my rough estimate, we have about 5000 pages to read, or, given thirty-five weeks, about 150 pages per week.
I also found the perfect notebooks for the bookclub today on my lunch break: two Mead spiral assignment notebooks, seven-and-one-half by five inches, with forty sheets each. I’ve dated each sheet for a single week, and to make them more special, I’ll be doing some of my famous collaging.
Next: the syllabus! And (ouch) the purchase.
*My professors used to refer to English I and II as “loose baggy monsters” because they were intended to cover…well, everything, with a reading list meant to satisfy everyone a little bit. I have no idea if this phrase is in wider use.