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My 2021 reading list has changed dramatically

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Sometimes, you read what is in front of you.

That has been the case for the last six months for me. I have not been reading as much from the books on the shelf, but instead, I have perused stories that were not on my list.

The reason is that I am tutoring students who are reading novels and short stories that have been interesting, but not ones that I had looked at as possibilities when I started my summer reading list.

I am definitely reading and analyzing the stories, which has been delightful. However, many of these are plays and short stories instead of long novels or non-fiction.

So, here is where I am right now.

Novels, short stories, drama, and non-fiction

“The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin, done

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, done

“A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury, done

“Fences” by August Wilson, done

“Mister Harrold and the boys” by Athol Fugard, done

“The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, done

“The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston

“The Use of Force,” William Carlos Williams, done

“When the emperor was divine” by Michiko Kakutani, done

“Candide” by Voltaire almost done.

All of the above are readings from student assignments.

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

“The Johnstown Flood” by David McCullough, re-reading

“American Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War” by Paul Kahan, half-way done

“The Great Santini” by Pat Conroy, abandoned after 2/3—the only Conroy novel I ever discarded

“Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan” by Murray Polner and Jim O’Grady, carried over from Winter, currently reading.

“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (re-read), done

“The Sacred and the Profane” by William Michaels, done

“Red Scare” by Robert K. Murray, currently reading

“1984” by George Orwell (re-read)


Othello, done

The Merchant of Venice

Macbeth, reading

“Banished from Johnstown: Racist backlash in Pennsylvania” by Cody McDevitt (re-read), done, re-reading portions.

Hopeful but not likely

Jude the Obscure (carried from last summer)

“The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain

Edgar Allan Poe

“The Fall of the House of Usher”

“The Purloined Letter”

“The Cask of Amontillado”

Winter 2021 Final

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.R. Rowling, completed March 2021

“The Final Days” by Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein, completed March 2021

“The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene, completed April 26, 2021

“The Drifters” by James Michener: I gave up more than halfway through it. Too tedious, Michener is vastly overrated.

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving, completed April 2021

“Holes” by Louis Sachar, completed March 2021

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