I Read All the Books: My Reading List from My MA Fall Term

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Some 6,923 pages and 30,584 words later, the first term of my English MA has come to a close (nailed it).

I thought, in case any of you were interested, I might provide a list, for your perusal, of the books and short stories I read for my classes.*

Below is the list, in the approximate order in which I read them.

  1. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  2. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (selections)
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? by Anita Rau Badami
  5. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
  7. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  8. No New Land by M.J. Vassanji
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  10. Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
  11. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  12. Black by Thomas Dekker (selections)
  13. Epic by John Eldredge (selections)
  14. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler (selections)
  15. All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor
  16. The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin (small excerpt)
  17. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  18. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (selections)
  19. The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai
  20. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  21. Tell: Poems for a Girlhood by Soraya Peerbaye
  22. Maus by Art Spiegelman
  23. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

And now for the short stories:

  1. “The Demon Lover” by Elizabeth Bowen
  2. “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
  3. “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. “The Sandman” by E.T.A. Hoffmann
  5. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  6. “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James
  7. “The Signalman” by Charles Dickens
  8. “The Dead” by James Joyce
  9. “The String Quartet” by Virginia Woolf
  10. “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  11. “The Conscience of the Court” by Zora Neale Hurston
  12. “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid
  13. “When Mr. Pirzada Comes to Dine” by Jhumpa Lahiri

*Not included are the books I read for research; their name is Legion for they are many.