Books I’m glad I’ve read….Posted: February 8, 2012
OK. disclaimer: I am glad I’ve read just about ALL the books I’ve read, but these are ones I usually ended up reading for a class, grew, and was glad I read them later, even if I didn’t like them so much the first time. These are the ones that I recall specific images from, people or ideas at random times. Phrases I never intended to memorize come floating through my mind. Kudos to the teachers and professors who pushed me.
The Awakening Kate Chopin. Wow. I re-read this again the other day. wow. It hits me a different way every time I read it as my life & experiences change.
William Blake’s poetry. fantabulous. Yes, that’s my professional opinion.
The Scarlett Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne. I label people as Dimmesdales, Pearls or Hesters. The sight of a stand of pine trees in the gloom reminds me of the opening passage that sets up the oppressive nature of the village.
The Sound and the Fury– William Faulkner. Too many lines. Amazing. I will be forever grateful to my 11th grade AP teacher who guided us through this, reading aloud, explaining, connecting the images until we got it. And his short stories. And A Light in August.
Flannery O’Connor. Short Stories- All of them. Wonderful. Humor, insight, pathos, I recognize some of those folks, ya know?
Most of Shakespeare’s plays (Hamlet especially) What can I say? He’s the Bard.
William Carlos Williams- because so much DOES depend on a red wheelbarrow. Another one I didn’t get in HS, but wow. As an adult he rocks.
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte- not so much for the characters, but the setting. It fits so perfectly and becomes a character in and of itself.
Bless me Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya. Wow. Cultures blending, mixing, magical realism, beauty.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian- Sherman Alexie I laughed, I cried, I re-read.
Night Eli Weisel. I cried. I didn’t re-read. I remembered.
Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest , Plotkin. Somewhere along my moves, this disappeared. I want it back. Thanks.
There are more…I’ll probably add more later as they come to me, but this is the off the top of my head list. 🙂 What are yours? Who changed you with their words?