Back to School Freebie: Ten Books for Required Reading
(for higher education)
I've done something like this before, but I didn't look at my previous list; therefore, I am sure I came up with some different books this second time around. So you understand, I have a bent toward Western-Civ, and if you're in my classroom, there's a lot of traditional Westernized-classic lit and history going on here.
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Stowe gives everyone in America a good scolding
over slavery and Christianity.
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
The most important WWI fiction you should read.
Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion - Jane Austen
Either one will do.
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The War and Peace of the American Civil War Era.
Far From the Madding Crowd or Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
Hardy wanted to be a poet. You can tell.
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Makes you want to read Russian lit.
"The Crucible" - Arthur Miller
Yeah, why did Miller really write this,
and why did he pick on the Puritans?
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
A joyous story about forgiveness and redemption.
The Age of Innocence or The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Just read Wharton.
1984 - George Orwell
One of the BEST in dystopian lit.
Germinal - Émile Zola
Dare to read this one.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Jacobs
Harriet Jacobs' amazing autobiography of determination
to escape slavery and save her children.
The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass
Another autobiography from an ex-slave who stood up to injustice.
Up From Slavery - Booker T. Washington
Born into slavery, Washington went on to be a voice for freedom and liberty.
Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Maybe a little self-centered, but definitely an introspective, quiet book.
Confessions - Augustine
Augustine's life story about his struggle with sin and conviction.
Bonhoeffer - Eric Metaxas
WWII pastor and spy, accused of plotting to kill Hitler.
Is it ever right for pastors to plot to kill?
The Four Voyages - Christopher Columbus
Everyone hates Columbus, and they don't even know why.
That prejudice is based on lies.
The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
A Russian soldier survives the Gulag and writes about it.
The Journals of Lewis and Clark - Meriwether Lewis & William Clark
Find out what it takes to run a tight ship.
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
The true story about WWII hero, Louis Zamperini.