This is a list that I’ve compiled of books that I want to read before freshman year. This doesn’t include books that I’m reading for review or books from BEA, but books that I’d LIKE to read. Plus one summer reading book.
1. Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
Okay, this one is a reread but it seemed to me a really realistic portrayal of school and friendship and other things like I’ve seen it so far and I remember telling myself when I first read it that I had to read it before I started freshman year.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries got me in such a Pride and Prejudice and classics mood that I’m obsessed. One of the best parts about modern adaptations is that they put the storyline in a format that makes it easier to understand. I was really confused as to what was going on when I originally tried to read Pride and Prejudice but after watching Lizzie Bennet, I understand it so much more. Currently, I am on page 93 and really loving it so far! I think I may do a few classics posts (not reviews, but discussions) about the books because I would really love to get more people interested in classics.
3. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Okay, this one is required summer reading. Y’all will see something with it on the blog because we have to do a project before we go back into school and one of the options is a review of it or interview with the characters…anyways, I haven’t read it yet but I have to read it. I’ve heard that it’s kind of weird but I’m going to start reading it soon.
4. Thirteen Plus One by Lauren Myracle
I absolutely adore the Winnie Years series. It’s humorous, thoughtful, and really just amazing. I love her “summer bucket list” and so much about Winnie and her friends. It doesn’t actually cover when she goes into high school but the summer before high school and I really love it.
5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Everybody has been ON me for ages to read this. My blogger friends have been telling me that it changed them, that it’s emotional, that it’s such a me book, and I really want to read it before I go into school. It’s one of those books that I’m always debating getting at the bookstore but end up putting down. But I really want to read it.
6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I know I’m supposed to read this (junior year? I think) for school but everybody always gushes about it and I really love F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quotes. Also, not only does it sound amazing, but I also want to read it for a little more of a shallow reason: I want to buy a The Great Gatsby shirt on Out of Print so I can broadcast how much of a nerd I am.
7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Have y’all ever seen that pin about how Romeo and Juliet isn’t really a love story? But it’s acclaimed to be the most romantic story of all time and whatnot so I really want to read it. And I really just love Shakespeare. I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream in sixth grade and fell in love with his writing. It just has such a mood to it that I really want to experience.
8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This is one of those books that you just HAVE TO READ if you consider yourself a reader. Quotes are everywhere, pretty much all the bloggers that I know swear by it, and it has just been on my to-read list for ages. I’m looking for a paperback copy because I really love having paperbacks of classics. Ebooks feel like cheating. But anyways, this is the top classic that I want to read.
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I got a copy of this in the gorgeous HarperTeen format. There are a lot of books that also cite Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship. It just is one of those classics that I really want to read to expand my reading horizons.
10. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Truthfully, I want to read it because of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. It’s just another one of those books that I want to read to give me a more full reading experience. But mostly just because of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.
11. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
C’mon, it is Jane Austen. I read a few pages of it last year but never finished it. My friend Mary Olive swears by it though. She spent about three months on it and ended up loving it. Basically, I want to read all of Jane Austen’s books, but both of these seem like a great way to start with Jane Austen. Fun fact: when I was little, I named my stuffed animals after famous writers. I had a tiger named Jane Austen from Build-a-Bear. Anyways, I really want to read it!
I hope y’all enjoy! I can’t wait to dig into these and I will definitely let y’all know if I end up doing a book club post for Pride and Prejudice and a few other books on this list. Y’all will most likely be seeing something at least for Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. School starts on the 21st for me, so I will keep y’all updated on my reading and preparation up until then! Love y’all!