Jordan's Little Summer Reading List
Books that I highly reccommend, just in case you are interested
- Anne of Green Gables
--a wonderful book and a must for all redheads. I wanted to be her. I was her.
- The Bible--THE BOOK. Always nice to have handy, no matter what your
- Anything by Ariel Dorfman
-- I saw Death and the Maiden at an acting competition and
was absolutely smitten by it. In great part, it inspired me to do a great deal of research on
the Dirty War in Argentina and Los Desparecidos. I recently saw his newest play Widows. It was
wonderful. I'd like to read one of his novels, particularly Konfidenz.
- Speaking of Argentina's Dirty War,
Nunca Mas, the report of Argentina's National Commission
on Dissapeared People, is difficult to find, and gruesome, but fascinating, and something
that everyone should read.
- Eavan Boland --
is a brilliant Irish poet who everyone should read. She writes beautiful poetry and also
has an autobiographical volume which is half prose, and half literary criticizm called Object Lessons, which I reccommend heartily.
- Orson Scott Card's Ender Trilogy
--loads of people have reccommended his Ender's Game Trilogy
to me. That's what I've been reding this August. Unfortunately, the only
comprehensive page I've found thus far is in French.
- Dune--as long as
we're on sci-fi. "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the
little-death that brings total obliteration." A great book that acutally made a good movie.
- C.S. Lewis, and his
Chronicals of Narnia are wonderful. It's a pretty tricky way to sneak
theology into the heads of little kids, but it's good to stretch minds and
- Anything by Toni Morrison just about tops my list. Beloved is the
hardest book I've ever read. She continues to amaze me.
- Leon Uris writes all kinds of historical fiction. I've read almost all of
his books, and just finnished REdemption, the sequal to Trinity.
- Simone de'Beauvoir is a rockin' cool feminist/existentialist. She
wrote "The Second Sex" and currently "The Ethics of Ambiguity" is on the list.
- I've been interested in
Irish Mythology for a while now and my Anglo-Irish Literature Class is
reading some. It is wonderful.
- I also love reading philosophy. I do it very, very slowly, but it's \
This page is noteable short on the female side, but it's a nice little
comprehensive list of dead white men, including links to the actual texts.
- Speaking of Philosophy, I like
Existential Philosophy , especially Simone deBeauvoir
- I've just really began to read
contemporary Irish Literature, and
Seamus Heaney is a wonderful poet. I hope to read lots and lots
more of him in the future.
- And for the non-contemporary Irish literature, check out some of the
Mythological Sagas , including the
Tain Bo Culainaige.