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My Ultimate College Reading list (Part 2)

     Hello again! I figured a list of 40 was too large for one post. If you missed part one of this list, be sure to check it out here. The short version is this list is books that will (hopefully) give me and other college aged people question who we are and will help us define what's important to ourselves as we grow older.

11. The Secret History - by Donna Tartt I found this one from Buzzfeed and put it on my list instantly.  They said "The best time to read The Secret History is probably while you’re still in college, because it is about a secret society at a small liberal arts college gone horribly awry, but it is also worth picking up a few years later to be reminded about the intensity of college friendships, and also Ancient Greek."

12. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - by Junot Díaz This was another one that I saw on MANY lists. Also, can we talk about that cover? Gorgeous. Can I just be a book cover designer when I graduate?

 13. White Teeth - by Zadie Smith I'll be honest, that Lorde song got stuck in my head soon as I saw this one. I heard this one can be kind of exhausting, so I'm guessing it will take me a while to get through this one.

14. Infinite Jest - by David Foster Wallace Goodreads says "Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are."

15. The Sun Also Rises - by Ernest Hemingway I was a senior in high school when I read Of Mice and Men and I loved it. There's a saying that goes around the newsroom: 'You're not Hemingway, just say what you need to.' But honestly I love when authors create with language. 

16. Housekeeping - by Marilynne Robinson I heard this was another challenging book to get through, but very much worth it. We'll see if I can get through this one.

17. Hard-boiled Wonderland and The End of the World - by Haruki Murakaim One Reviewer on GoodReads said ""Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World" is aptly titled, because it really is two separate stories - the "And" is paramount - they are woven together, but more like two noodles can be woven together, but never quite mesh. Oddly, the formal structure of the book - one chapter in reality, one chapter in myth - lends itself to reading the two stories as each lending to the other, but one could almost (until the very end) read each one as independent of the other. Murakami's "reality" is far-flung and outlandish, but it obeys its own rules, and takes the reader for a nice tragic ride. The "myth" is much more prosaic and sedate, but is clearly too serene to be reality. Perhaps it is Murakami's commentary on life: truth is stranger than fiction, especially when the fiction is based on the truth is based on the fiction..."

18. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And other Concerns) - by Mindy Kaling Woah finally a non-fiction book! I started this one a little while ago and I'm loving it so far. I also started following Kaling on Instagram and it was probably one of the best decisions of the week.

19. Eat Pray love - by Elizabeth Gilbert I started this as an audio book from the library and (again) the CDs messed up. I'm eager to go back and finish it. I know I'm a little late to the bandwagon but whatever. 

20. Girls in White Dresses - by Jennifer Close This is probably meant for an older 20-something but I'm reading it all the same. This was on every list of books for 20-somethings. 

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