Back to School: 9 Books I’m Reading This Fall

My Love Affair with Grad School

I just can’t stay away. I love learning. I’m back for another graduate degree, in English, and I’m so excited. Nerdy-excited. My reading list for this fall is just… Ahh!

I’m taking a course on Slavery, Labor, and Modernity, and another course for Butler University’s Visiting Writers’ Series that includes a lot of current feminist literature. This stuff is my jam as you may have guessed from a couple of my posts… Like this one, or this one, or this one… or this one.

Or this one.

For that class, some of the authors will be delivering lectures on campus and holding Q&As, so you can expect the nerdy-excitement factor to crank up as the term goes on!

(Or this one!)

Arthur Jordan Hall, Butler University Indianapolis, IN

Jordan Hall, my new home away from home.
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9 Books I’m Reading This Fall

Here are nine of the books I’m reading for my courses this fall:

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I can’t believe I’ve never gotten around to reading this one. It used to be required reading for… well, everybody. Some claim it’s the first English novel. Can’t wait to dig in.

Robinson Crusoe

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This has been in my #tbr list ever since it came out… So excited to finally have it on my actual shelf!

The Library Book Susan Orlean

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Capital, Volume 1 by Karl Marx

This one is intimidating… I’ve already bookmarked links to study guides to help me through it. 1200 pages of thick social and economic philosophy. I’m going to learn so much!

Capital 1 Karl Marx

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Blake by Martin R. Delany

I’m already most of the way through this one. Got a head start before the first week of classes. It’s SO GOOD! Already sad knowing the final three chapters are missing from the face of the planet, but really enjoying it regardless!

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The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

I read this early–going to reread it along with the class in a couple months. IT’S SO GOOD! I’M NOT YELLING! YOU’RE YELLING!

The Female Persuasion Meg Wolitzer

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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Good old Shakespeare. This is one I’ve never read before, and according to my professor, it’s the only story that Shakespeare actually wrote. His other plays were brilliant retellings of old stories. This one, he actually created from nothing.

The Tempest Shakespeare

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Circe by Madeline Miller

This is another one that was already on my #tbr list. I’ll be reading it this weekend. AND this is one of the authors coming to campus, a week from Monday. Yay!

Circe Madeline Miller

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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

I’d never heard of this book before, and it turns out it’s not required reading for the course. It’s going to be replaced by something else. But I’m going to read it anyway, and possibly use it for some of my writing. I’m hoping a couple of the other grad students read it, too, so we can talk about it together!

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Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

I skimmed over a few of the stories in this book already, and I’m so, so excited to read them! Looks like we won’t be getting to this book until the end of the term, but I’m excited already.

Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado

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Read Along With Me on Goodreads

I’ll be adding more books to this list as the semester goes on. Please join me on Goodreads so we can share book recommendations and so you can follow along (and cheer me on) as I’m working my way through this list!

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