[RGC 21.] Beloved by Toni Morrison

[read: a standing ovation] » Must haves: a ballpoint pen. If you’re like me and hadn’t read Morrison before this book, pick up your pen and write your way through to make sense of it. You won’t want to miss a thing. » Pairs well with: the movie, yes with Oprah in it. It’s a good follow-up to […]

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[RGC 3.] Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

[read: my permanent obsession] » Must haves: a summer afternoon, sitting on a swing, with your sun hat on, there’s probably nothing better than reading Carroll. » Pairs well with: a cup of English Breakfast + honey or sweetened iced tea, just depends on the weather. {Tea roses necessary to help feel extra fabulous like the Queen of […]

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[RGC 31.] The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

[read: the Middle Ages gettin’ freaky] » Must haves: Old English dictionary. Really any reading guide that can help you work through Chaucer and what is really a different language.» Pairs well with: some whimsy. I thought tunes would help, like Regina Spektor or Zee Avi, by keeping me on track and merry for more. This British […]

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[RGC 200.] The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

[read: the book that made me cry 3 times in the first 30 pages] I’ve been waiting to read this ever since I got it for my mom to read. Jhumpa Lahiri is known for this book, it was in fact turned into a movie with Kal Penn (notably Kumar in the Harold & Kumar movies) […]

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[RGC 22.] Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

[read: this man can really fight monsters and that is apparently Anglo-Saxon tradition] » Must haves: a medieval imagination! This is the original Game of Thrones. » Pairs well with: a warm blanket. I like reading for class wrapped up in my multi-colored quilt because it entices me to read more pages at once since I’m comfy and […]

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[RGC 316.] Ulysses by James Joyce

[read: can you believe I read that?!] » Must haves: Irish History for Dummies works. I started reading this in Dublin, yes this weird copy I got for 3€ at a small bookstore (it’s now definitely worth a lot more with an autograph by Senator David Norris, hairflip) so go for making it feel as Irish […]

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[RGC 145.] The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

[read: so many strong independent Asian-American women] Warning: I aggressively love this book. I first read it during my last year of high school on recommendation from Tiffany, who is Chinese-American. The stories in this book, Amy Tan’s first and {in my opinion} most wonderful book, revolve around four mothers and daughters living in San […]

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[RGC 130.] House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

[read: House of Spooky and Freaky and More Spooky and Freaky] This was part of my Modern Bestseller class, which I took with one of my sorority sisters Sarah. I think I’ll just reference them as sisters from now on. Sarah and I were really freaked out by this book… I can understand how it’s an interesting […]

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[RGC 84.] Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

[read: the most terrifying of dystopias] “It was a pleasure to burn.”  Goosebumps. The first time I really considered the power in this line was in my Modern Bestseller class. My professor pointed it out as one of the best first lines in all of literature (which I totally didn’t listen to the first time […]

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[RGC 13.] Atonement by Ian McEwan

[read: not for your vacation to the Bahamas, this is beautiful but a downer] » Must haves: vacation, beach, whatever you like to do wherever you go to relax. I, for one, sat on a beachy chair by the pool in the Bahamas to pick up this read. » Pairs well with: sunlight and a lot of […]

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