Blogmas Day 21: Books I’ve Read in 2017

Happy Blogmas Day 21!

I’m listing the books I read during 2017. (This is more for my remembrance.)

As stated in my “About Me,” I’m getting my MA in English with an emphasis in literature. So, these books were chosen by my professors. I enjoyed all but one.

  1. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  3. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  4. Portrait in Sepia – Isabel Allende
  5. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Bradden
  6. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  7. North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  8. Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
  9. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  10. Waiting – Ha Jin
  11. Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus – Mary Shelley
  12. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  13. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  14. Chronicles Volume 1 – Bob Dylan
  15. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself – Frederick Douglass
  17. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  18. Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter – William Wells Brown
  19. Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House – Elizabeth Keckley
  20. Pudd’nhead Wilson – Mark Twain
  21. Conjure Tales – Charles W. Chesnett
  22. A Mercy – Toni Morrison

From this list I will make three recommendations.

My favorite book from Topics in British Literature is

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This book is very similar to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; it emphasizes love and misunderstanding. Gaskell’s writing is also influenced by the Industrial Revolution as she addresses the struggles between masters and the working class.

My top pick in World Literature is

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This story’s setting takes place in China during the Cultural Revolution. The main protagonist, Lin Kong, is married to a traditional Chinese woman he has never loved. Lin’s job allows him to work and live in the city without his wife. Ultimately, he begins to develop feelings for another woman. Lin struggles to decide if he should end his marriage, which causes both women to perpetually wait.

My recommendation from American Literature Pre-1900 is

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This book begins with Roxy, a slave, who switches her baby with her white master’s son. Ultimately, the book culminates with a murder trial, which the town nut solves. Each chapter begins with a good bit of humor that had me laughing out loud.

There ya have it folks! Have a very merry night.
Tomorrow, I plan on sharing my goals for 2018. 🙂


14 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 21: Books I’ve Read in 2017”

  1. I’ve been thinking I need to read more in 2018, this is a great list to start from! Have you considered doing a list of your fav books overall? It would be interesting to see a master’s student’s favorites!

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    1. I had not thought of that, but I think I will. 🙂 (After blogmas) It is funny to look at other people’s reading lists, because I have no idea who the up and coming authors are right now. I’m definitely excited to graduate for that reason. I’d like to do some exploring on my own. Although, I do enjoy the “classics.”

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  2. YOU’VE READ SO MANY BOOKS! A long time ago someone suggested I should write down all the books I’ve ever read. I now see the error of my ways.

    Waiting by Ha Jin sounds kind of amazing. I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s new biography on Leonardo Da Vinci. I never read biographies, so it’s been really different, but I love it!

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      1. I heard a story on the radio about it, and it reminded me that I was obsessed with him as a kid.

        In the first few chapters it talks about how he didn’t really start doing much until his mid-30s, rarely finished anything at all, and when he did finish things, he largely kept them to himself. KINDRED SPIRIT, YO

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