I don't have enough time or money to read all the books I want to read!But I have made a commitment to myself, and to you, to read this year! I also have made a point to read at least two classics each year. Because of this commitment, I have broadened my horizons through reading and have read books like Dracula, Frankenstein, and Moby Dick-- to name a few. These classic books are outside the typical genres I usually read from, and have helped me stretch my mind and my imagination!
There are so many wonderful reading lists 'out there', and most of them have many of the same titles/authors. The trick is to start looking over them, and pick a book to read! With that said, my advice is to look over several AP/College bound lists, and come up with a 'list' of your own. Find these links on My Home Page under Recommended Reading List. I have also included links to websites that allow you to create 'your book list' (one is an app for your phone).Whichever list(s) you decide on, it is my expectation that you choose at three classic to read this year. If you are like me, you prefer to create your own reading list, getting titles from friends, upcoming movie titles, and my favorite, read a book that is mentioned in a book!I know we are all going to grow an change this year because of our reading.I hope this information will be helpful.See the list below for books that I have recently read. Keep checking on it to check my progress this year...Also, if you have a Kindle, there are MANY classics available for no cost. Check them out.Mrs. Allen
by Cassandra Clare Year Published: 2013 by Clockwork Angel Year Published: 2011 by Cassandra Clare Year Published: 2010 by Bram Stoker Year Published: Average~ A Classic~ If you are a Twilight fan, you should consider reading Dracula. by Mary Shelley Year Published: ChallengingI was completely surprised by this classic. It is a short read, but because it was written in the 1880's it could be a little challenging. by Johanna Spyri Year Published: AverageThis is a sweet novel about a little girl named Heidi. Long story short, she is made to go live with her uncle in the Swiss Alps. At first it seems like a punishment, but she learns to love her new home and her uncle. Then her sister tricks her, and takes her back to work for a family. Heidi misses her uncle and home so much that she becomes sick. by Suzanne Collins Year Published: AverageNote: This book is available in our Library. by Anne Rice Year Published: ChallengingA student encouraged me to read this book/series because it is her favorite. by Louisa May Alcott Year Published: AverageA classic for sure. I love the movie, but had never read the book, so this year I committed to reading it. The book is VERY different from the book. I am enjoing this novel very much.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Herman Melville Year Published: ChallengingMoby-Dick is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaling ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. by Jane Austin Year Published: ChallengingNote: This book is available in our Library. by Jane Austin Year Published: Challenging by Paulo Coelho Year Published: Average"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." by John Green Year Published: AverageA tragic love story. A must read1 by Harriett Beacher Stowe Year Published: ChallengingThis is one of those books that everybody has heard about but few people these days have actually read. It deserves to be read - not simply because it is the basis for symbols so deeply ingrained in American culture that we no longer realize their source, nor because it is one of the bestselling books of all time. This is a book that changed history. Harriet Beecher Stowe was appalled by slavery, and she took one of the few options open to nineteenth century women who wanted to affect public opinion: she wrote a novel, a huge, enthralling narrative that claimed the heart, soul, and politics of pre-Civil War Americans.