“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen.  The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R. R. Martin (via goodreads)

Last year, I had a page with a list of books that I love, am reading, and am planning on reading.  I noticed that there was some interest on that list, so to help any bibliophile expand his/her extensive collection of books, I have updated and put together a new list of books, sort of like Oprah’s Book Club.

Edit (as of 01/01/2017): Thanks to my break, I have been able to update and add to my book list, so please enjoy!


All-time favorites

  • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (1475; Middle English)
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1603; Early modern English)
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  • Hermann Hesse, Demian (1919; Translation from German)
  • Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929)
  • Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie (1997)
  • Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me (2014)

Current reads

  • Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924; Translation from German)
  • H. Lawrence, Women in Love (1920)

Future reads

  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605; Translation from Spanish)
  • Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1959)


While I am not pretentious, I am a huge supporter of reading books in their original form.  For example, The Canterbury Tales is best appreciated in the way Geoffrey Chaucer wrote it in.  I know that Middle English is hard to understand; I took a semi-extensive course on Chaucer’s work, and I felt like I was learning a new language from mixing Latin, German, French, and a cruder form of English.  However, it was worth it because I was able to formulate my own conclusions, rather than absorbing the translator’s unintended biases.

Words have different meanings depending on the definition and understanding that you have, so it becomes an exciting experience to take such pieces.  That being said, I wish to read Don Quixote, but my Spanish is nowhere as nuanced as a Spanish major or a native speaker.  Maybe in the near future, however, I will be able to understand and appreciate Miguel de Cervantes’ words fully.


the girl who may have bitten off more than she can chew

Image Credit: Marketing Land

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