TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten books I’ll be studying

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For this week’s Back To School freebie, I thought it was the perfect time to show you guys what I’ll be studying. As most of you know, I’m off to university in September. While I’m nervous, I’m also exciting, and knowing what books I’ll be reading has certainly added to the latter!

I haven’t read most of these yet, so I don’t know too much about them. I’m going to place them based off of my preconceptions… It’ll be interesting to see if they will go up or down once I’ve actually read them!

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10) ‘A Doll’s House‘ by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

I gave ‘A Doll’s House’ two stars after studying it at A-level, so I’m not over the moon that I have to explore it again. That being said, I’ve changed a lot since leaving sixth form. I’ve become a feminist and read a lot of books about women’s history, so I think I’m going to be able to empathise with Nora a lot more.

9) ‘Pornography‘ by Simon Stephens

Pornography by Simon Stephens

With a title like ‘Pornography’, I’d been expecting a risque play, but this is actually set just before the 7/7 bombings. If you’ve seen the news in the past week, you’ll know that terrorist attacks are becoming more and more frequent… This is going to be a relevant, though harrowing, read.

8) ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui‘ by Bertold Brecht

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ is a satire about Hitler’s regime. Can you think of anything more appropriate to study, following the events in Charlottesville last week?!

7) ‘Writing for Journalists‘ by Wynford Hicks

Writing For Journalists by Wynford Hicks

I’m a huge fan of non-fiction books, but this sounds quite bland. It might be because I’m no longer sure about a career in journalism (veering towards publishing nowadays), but I think it’s going to take a lot of effort to trawl through this guide.

6) ‘Doing English‘ by Robert Eaglestone

Doing English by Robert Eaglestone

Every time I read the title of this required read, I cringe. Is there a less scholarly way to write it? ‘Doing English’. Urgh.

That being said, a simple and accessible guide to English Literature is exactly what I need. It’s been three years since I was studying regularly, and I’m certainly feeling rusty!

5) ‘How Plays Work‘ by David Edgar

How Plays Work by David Edgar

The idea of studying plays doesn’t fill me with joy, but learning about how to studying them should help that.

4) ‘Top Girls‘ by Caryl Churchill

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Five women from the past attend a dinner party. If that premise doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will! This sounds like it’s going to be very feminist and educational, both things that I love.

3) ‘Chimerica‘ by Lucy Kirkwood

Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood

When I told my friend I was studying ‘Chimerica’, he said it was about politics and racism, which sounds relevant enough to today’s society. Looking at the cover, it seems that it’s also going to involve China… I’m interested to see how all the aspects come together, but I’m not sure if this is going to match my expectations.

2) ‘Frankenstein‘ by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I finished ‘Frankenstein’ way back in 2013, and I apparently didn’t enjoy it too much, giving it just three stars. It did take me over a year to finish it, though (I used to be a super slow reader!) and it wasn’t the original 1818 version, which I’ll be studying on this course. Fingers crossed I’ll enjoy it more second time around, but I’m certainly looking forward to the reread.

1) ‘Jane Eyre‘ by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

‘Jane Eyre’ is a book I haven’t read yet. *gasp!* Yes, you’re allowed to be shocked. I’m just terrible at reading classic novels, okay? But I read all of Jane Austen’s work at the start of the year, and I’ve been intending to read the Bronte’s since. This is the kick up the bum I needed to just get the hell on with it!

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Have you read any of these books, and if so would you recommend them? Which books have you had to study in the past?

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Looks like you’re going to be busy. Hey, at least you get to read Frankenstein. That’s about the only one that would interest me!

    • I’m crossing my fingers that some of the plays will be good, but I’m not a huge fan of them!

  • Leslie Hauser

    Hi! Some interesting books here! One of my English professors in college LOVED Jane Eyre. He said his favorite thing to do on a rainy day was curl up in a chair and read Jane Eyre. lol. Good luck and enjoy! 🙂