the end of this year, I will be one of the most well read people you know (and
I know).This isn’t a challenge that I
just decided to do.Looking into the MFA
programs, many of the schools list reading list (or suggested) reading lists.The books range from one of the first novels The Tale of Genji written in the 11th
century up until recent 21st century fare.
read some of the books on the list, and I don’t have to read them all. Only 2
from here or 5 from here, but for one school alone, I will have to read 35 of
these books.I will not apply to schools
until the end of this year and if I get an interview, that won’t be until early
2016, but I will have to get through many of these books.
thought I read pretty widely, but it turns out, I don’t.It was sad for me to see how many books on
the list I did not read.I just skimmed
the list and perhaps out of 200 books, I’ve read 15.I will be reading things that are sitting on
everyone’s TBR lists but are never read.Most of these were not on my TBR list as of late.They were at one time or another, but then I
decided I wasn’t going to read any more classics. Well I guess never say never.
have to read books from the UK, Americas and other countries.From 18th and 19th
centuries and the 20th century.Books such as Moll Flanders by
Daniel Defoe, The Barchester Towers
by Anthony Trollope and Moby Dick by
Herman Melville (kill me now).
I made it through three books by Joyce this past summer (including Ulysses).
But with those, I had a lot of help from my advisor/professor.These books, I’ll have to rely on my brain.
am looking forward to reading some of these books and some I’ve never heard of
but sound interesting.The “RUSSIANS”
are on the list, but I doubt I’ll get to or through War & Peace, as The Tale
of Genji is also over 1,000 pages.I
don’t think I can do two of those in one year.
have to read 35 books in all, I will be happy if I read 20 of them and I’ll be
happier if I really understand 10 of them.
this while I’m working full time, going to school full time, writing my
manuscript for the MFA program, writing my personal statements for five schools
and trying to get my own reading done.
decided I’m not going to worry about it too much.I will make a conscious effort to read books
from the list, and whatever I finish, I finish.I don’t anticipate being done with the list by March 2016, but hopefully
by the time I enter the program (keeping fingers crossed) I will be done.
I don’t make it into the MFA program, well, at least I will have the bragging
if you come across my currently reading lists on goodreads, and wonder why in
the world I’m trying to read Heart of
Darkness and The Age of Innocence
at the same time, remember this post.
reading:To the Lighthouse by Virginia
Woolf (20th Century English)