Michille: Reading Lists

stack of booksAs some of you know, I am completing a master’s program and spent my reading time last semester on Jungian psychology texts, monomyths, and the hero’s journey while this semester has been spent reading ancient Greek and roman texts (with a little Shakespeare thrown in). Therefore I haven’t had a lot of time for pleasure reading. I am hoping to change that after the next two papers have been submitted. So I’ve been surfing around to find book lists that can give me some ideas of what I want to read.

There are a lot of book lists out there: best selling, most notable, editor picks, genre picks, and the lists readers post on sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Several show up on more than one list like A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison, and The Dog by Joseph O’Neill. Some lists have lighter fare or mixed fare like the best selling lists. Here are some of the lists I found:

  • The New York Times Sunday Book Review published their list of 100 Notable Books of 2014
  • Publishers Weekly has Best Books lists by year
  • Goodreads Best Books of 2014 has some lighter fare included on their list and it can be sorted by genre
  • Amazon’s Best Sellers of 2014 in traditional books has several children’s and middle grades books on it and some repeats from the other lists
  • Amazon’s Kindle Best Books of 2014 list has some similarities but is definitely more focused on the adult reader
  • Then, of course, there are the Greatest Books of all time

I’m not surprised that I have read very few on the lists for 2014 but I was a little surprised at how many of the greatest I have read. Of course, it has been years since I read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, or Hamlet for school assignments. With my recent coursework, I checked several of these off, like The Iliad, The Tempest, and the first part of The Divine Comedy. I gave myself extra points for reading Madame Bovary and Candide in French.

So when I can get back to reading, I plan to alternate popular and literary fiction, switch up the entertaining reads with the artistic ones, and toss a few craft books in also. The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim has been on my bookshelf since the summer. I think I’ll start with an entertaining romance (any suggestions for the best new one of 2014?) and then read the Bettelheim for research on my MLA project and then . . .

P.S. If you are looking for some great book ideas for the holidays, make sure to read Nancy’s post on December 14. She has some great ideas and links with great ideas and giveaways for the holidays. I certainly will because I have found several books on these lists that are going on my to-be-read shelf and am looking for others, too.

6 thoughts on “Michille: Reading Lists

  1. Your MA (MS? MBA? MLS? Sorry, I’m not sure) sounds incredibly intense, Michille. Just the relaxing experience you need as you head into the holiday season! I like the sound of your directed post-grad reading program, though. That’ll be a great way to celebrate your diploma.

    • Masters of Liberal Arts – continuing on from the McD romance writing certificate program. I have one more class this spring which shouldn’t involve a lot of reading and the project and I’m done.

  2. I got tired just reading about your semester! And I am duly impressed that your read Madame Bovary and Candide in French. My college honors French class had a ‘book group’ that tried to read MB in French. I got next to nothing out of it, so really should go back and read it in English one of these days.

    Congrats on all your hard work, and happy reading!

    • I majored in French for my BA so I had a a 19th century french lit class and a 20th century french lit class. I let myself off the hook this semester for a lot of other work and now I need to get back to writing what I want to write instead of required research papers. And reading, of course.

  3. Am I the only one who has stopped reading since classes? I swear, I am lucky these days if I read one book a month for fun (or for profit for that matter). I got nothing for romances of this year or any year. (-: I bet there are some good ones coming up next year, though, from one (or several) of us. There are a few SF works I really want to read . . . Ancillary Justice was a Hugo winner, IIRC, and the sequel has just come out, I heard.

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