Reading List of an English Grad -- Issues of Place and Space

Happy first day of autumn!! Wow, could I not be more excited. Tonight I plan on working on one of my Fall Bucket List items-- my Littles are coming over and we are continuing to watch Stranger Things. Not going to lie, I got pretty freaked out the last time we watched it, but I'm still super pumped for it! Last time I brought you all a Reading List post, it came from my fantasy class. That was easily my most favorite class at Pitt! This time I'm bringing to you my first ever college lit class reading list. These books were a little more scattered about, as they dealt with a theme more than a genre. This theme encompassed the issue of places and spaces. If you really want a broken down analysis of why these books fit into this category, I'm sure I could scrounge something up, but suffice it would be long and arduous and not really something I want to get into at the moment. :P So without further ado, the Reading List of an English Grad.

Issues of Place and Space:
1. Agamemnon by Aeschylus
  Greek tragedy--classic English lit reading material. Clytemnestra is one powerful female character! 
2. Once and Future King by T.H. White
  This book was by far my favorite! The single book had three parts written in it. The first part-- the part we read-- was basically The Sword in the Stone and the coming of age of King Arthur. The first is full of so much hope and growth. Apparently, things go down in the next two parts, but we didn't get that far. 
3. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Murakami
  Okay, full disclosure this novel is actually insane. At first when you read it, you think you know what's going on. The book is split into two--half of the book is written about Hard Boiled Wonderland and the other half about the End of the World. Already confusing enough, but then 3/4 the way through the novel it starts playing mind tricks on you! Such a good book, but definitely a challenge.
4. Waiting for the Barbarians by Coetzee
  Another great novel that plays with the use of time and space. I don't honestly think things get resolved at the end. It's another one that really makes you think. Coetzee is an amazing writer! 
5. Maggie, a Girl of the Streets by Crane
  Okay, guys, I'm going to be real with you. I didn't actually read this book. This was the last book of the semester--around when I had finals-- and we weren't tested on it and I wrote my paper on another novel so I just didn't read it. (Oops)

What's your favorite novel that really makes you think?? Leave it in the comments below and be on the lookout for the next installment of this series! And, as always, make sure to follow me on my social medias. I'm sooo close to reaching my Instagram goal for September! Follow me to help to complete my goal!! :) Until next time, 


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  1. I remember reading Agamemnon and really enjoying it! And I'm in general a literature nerd, so The Once and Future King has been recommended to me -- I can't wait to get around to reading it!

    Emma |

  2. This is a great list! I'm more a non fiction gal myself. I love bios, historical pieces, and things that are "investigative." One of my favorite authors is Mary Roach! She has a great style, tone, and digs into subject matter that is super interesting!

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. I'll have to check these out! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I've actually never read any of these. I do love a good book and always enjoyed reading the novels in my English courses.

    xoxo, Jenny

  5. Once and Future King has been on my reading list for far too long. I really need to carve out time and just read it!

  6. Sometimes I really enjoy reading one of the classics! I will have to re-read some of these!

  7. Thanks for sharing your reading list. I have an English degree and I always love poking my nose in to see what others are reading.

  8. I havent read any of these! I wish I could get back into reading and tackle these asap!

    Rachel |

  9. Okay, I have an English degree and I haven't read any of these! I have to admit, now that I don't "have" to read, I rarely read the classics. I prefer the fun stuff!

  10. This is a great list! I have been looking for a new book, think I will check one out!

  11. Such a good list! I have to add these to my reading list!

  12. I haven't read any of those so I just added several of them to my wishlist!

  13. The post is absolutely fantastic! I love it:)

  14. This is an excellent list i understood after my reading .