RGC 340. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

[read: yes, it’s worth all the buzz from the 1980s] » Must haves: An imagination. And a good sense of humor. And a lot of time, just make sure you make it through every detail. » Pairs well with: Peanuts. It keeps the mind fresh and, I’m not kidding, ready for whatever Rushdie’s going to throw at you. This one […]

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[RGC 114.] The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

[read: the book you absolutely should read in class] This one comes with a slight moral. Let’s go back about 6 years (dear God) to sophomore year of high school. Sneha, lover of books, reader of anything, was faced with reading the classic Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. What does she do? She decides now is […]

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[RGC 92.] Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

[read: I don’t know how to feel right now.] » Must haves: nothing but a pencil. Nothing will save you from the confusion (maybe an Oxford English Dictionary if you must) as it is, might as well jump feet first. » Pairs well with: a small black Moleskine to keep a dream journal for your own wake. I. […]

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[RGC 326.] Walden by Henry David Thoreau

[read: I get it, you like the woods] » Must haves: Nature. » Pairs well with: Nature. But seriously, throw in Emerson’s essays to spice it up as you read. The time a Massachusetts man decided to go live in the woods and fulfill a lifelong dream of writing about it. Theory: great, we love nature too! Practicality: please […]

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[RGC 315.] Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

[read: grab a tissue, or like 35] » Must haves: reading this is like getting all the wisdom you wanted at once, so I recommend keeping a mason jar with notes for what you take away from these kinds of reads – mine holds a set of wishes I hope will come true. » Pairs well with: […]

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[RGC 290.] The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

[read: unrequited, messed up love at its finest] Enter Renaissance poetry. Pronounce it ‘Ren-aye-ssance’ just to be more annoying. We’ve been reading some great people for my Brit Lit class, but I was excited to hang with my man Shakespeare for a bit by reading his sonnets. Of course, y’all know some of them. Something […]

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[RGC 8.] The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

[read: if you haven’t read this yet, this is your #1 priority from all 339 on the list] » Must haves: peace and quiet. It’s a good book to read alone, sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee. » Pairs well with: another reader to talk to. It’s a heavy book, and peer readings and […]

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[RGC 304.] Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

[read: my go-to all-time fave] I mentioned in my last post, RGC 39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, that my go-to all-time fave book is this fine one right on here. I read it in my junior year of high school and have consistently used it as an answer to the ‘favorite book’ question because […]

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[RGC 39.] A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

[read: demented, in many ways, but yawn for me] Perks of being an English major: already knocking out books on this list because you have to read them for class. My first run-in with this work was on the first day of my capstone course (a class you take when you’re a Junior/Senior and are slowly […]

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[RGC 309.] To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

[read: thankful for Harper Lee] At the beginning of the year, I really wanted to read Go Set a Watchman but only after rereading To Kill a Mockingbird, a story that’s stuck with me since the 6th grade. It’s pretty amazing how an 11-year-old could connect so much with this story, but that’s the mark of a […]

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