Here’s the thing.
I was an English major. As such, there were times that I was taking multiple English courses with the addition of General Education classes. Often times this would require reading from multiple courses being due at the same time on top of various other requirements. One person can only do so much reading, and my ability to BS-symbolism meaning, narrative choices, and character drive is far superior to my ability to answer questions about western civ and baroque era muscians, and even more so than my ability to begin to understand anything that happened in any of my science course lectures.
So, what ultimately ended up happening was I would start a reading assignment with good intentions, run out of time (I am a self professed slow reader) and focus on the studies I knew I had no chance of understanding without reading the entire assignment. I specifically remember a semester in my final year where I had 2 classes with a younger friend who was constantly frustrated by my ability to not do the entire reading assignment, but still end up impressing the professor enough to get my participation credit and a little admiration. It was a gift (with the help of various spark notes like sites).
However, the downside to this was that there were a few reading assignments that I had genuinely looked forward that I didn’t end up reading in their entirety. What’s even worse, is that I might have fudged my Goodreads list and claimed that I read them. Hey, in my defense I figured having read a good 70% of the book with at least a weeks worth of in class discussion and possibly a writing assignment was good enough to count as a read. I have now decided that it doesn’t, and that I should go back and truly read the books I claimed I have.
So, this summer, May through September, I’m issuing a challenge to myself to really get through some of the books I have claimed to have read. College was a while ago, and I don’t remember all the books I breezed through. Fortunately, I have kept enough to make it through the summer. I’m looking forward to no longer feeling like a liar and seeing what I missed out on. Feel free to pick up the idea for yourself!
I’ve already started on Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” that, according to the post-it note bookmark I found in the book, I only got to page 94 in before relying on spark notes and the internet. This book was for a True Crime class I took 4th year that I didn’t appreciate enough when I took it.
Below you’ll find a list of the other books I’ll be reading:
1.) “In Cold Blood” By Truman Capote (4th year True Crime class)
2.) “I Am Legend” By Richard Matheson (4th year Horror Classics class)
3.) “The Shining” By Stephen King (4th year Horror Classics class)
4.) “Frankenstein” By Mary Shelley (4th year Horror Classics class)
5.) “Let the Right One In” By John Ajvide Lingqvist (4th year Horror Classics class)
6.) “Dracula” By Bram Stoker (4th year Horror Classics class)
7.) “The Turn of the Screw” By Henry James (4h year Horror Classics class)
8.) “Henery V” By William Shakespeare (2nd year Study Abroad course)
9.) “Measure for Measure” By William Shakespeare (3rd year Shakespeare class)
10.) “The Odyssey” By Homer (2nd year Mythology class)
11.) “Jane Eyre” By Charlotte Bronte (Senior year of high school English class)
By this list it looks like I just skipped the 4th year Horror Classics class, but I did read the majority of each novel. Also, I can’t really remember in depth my course syllabus for my earlier years, and I sold back the majority of the books anyway. If I can somehow dig up my old reading lists, I’ll look into reading those, as well.