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This summer, I've decided to follow a reading plan so that I'm not just grabbing random books. (Well, I plan to do plenty of that, too, but that's for fun reading.) Anyway, I found a list of novels in The Well-Educated Mind. I picked it up a year or so ago and thought it had some interesting ideas. I like the reading list because it's arranged in chronological order and because it frequently uses a less-expected work by a famous writer (Portrait of a Lady for Henry James, The Return of the Native for Thomas Hardy, etc).

As an added bonus, Books-a-Million was having a promotion this weekend where you got an extra 10% off your order if you bought a tote for $1.99. With my 10% of for membership, that came out to 20% off. Since I planned on buying all the books over the next few months anyway, I went on a book buying spree. (I think it was $225...but I grabbed a couple of other things, too.)

Don Quixote</i> by Miguel de Cervantes

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Return of the Native Thomas Hardy

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Stranger Albert Camus

1984 by George Orwell

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Seize the Day by Saul Bellow

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

White Noise by Don Delillo

Possession by A.S. Byatt

I've read several of these, but not as many as I like. Others (like The Red Badge of Courage), I read in high school. I feel like a lot of these are books that I should have read, but never got around to reading (for various reasons).

My first reaction on seeing this list, though, "I have to read Possession?" We read it for an English class (Modern Fiction, I think) and I didn't finish it (but did well on the test). I tried to read it later, but didn't make it through that time, either. It's an interesting book. One thing called it a literary mystery and it's interesting because it has various styles of storytelling. In addition to the main narrative, there's a secondary narrative, plus letters, excerpts from fictional books and poems, etc. I'm impressed by it, but I just can't get through it!!!

I also didn't find all the books on the list today. (I had a few, so I didn't have to buy all of them.) I'll have to try to get them later, but overall, I'm set for a while.

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The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books/movies of all time. (/dork)

...and, I'd be happy to read with you. If you just let me know what you're reading, I have a membership at my library. Might be better than checking out manga all summer. I also need to look into getting some art books from there.^^;;

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I read The Great Gatsby and saw that movie for it in 11th grade AP English. That was so much fun! My teacher was like the grandmother of the English teachers in my high school, and she loved our class like we were all her kids, haha. We were her favorite class for some reason(might have been to do with the fact there were 12 girls and ONE boy who got officially titled a girl from peer pressure.XD)

So it's also a lot of great memories.:D

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There, I did her job. :)

But seriously, how cool would it be to have all three of us reading? We could all discuss books!XD

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