Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What I'll Be Reading this Spring Semester!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be sharing what I'll be reading this upcoming spring semester.

If you don't know, I'm a double major at UNC. I am studying English and Women and Gender Studies. This semester, I'm not taking too many classes - only 4 - for a total of 12 hours. My last three semesters, I've been taking 5 to 6 classes each, totally 15 to 18 hours. I'm really looking forward to a more relaxed semester, especially because I have an internship as well. 

Without further ado, here are the books I'll be reading this semester! Today is actually my first day of classes, so let the reading begin! 

1) Victorian Literature and it's Retellings
Charlotte Bronte in all her (glaring) glory
This semester, I'm taking a class all about Victorian literature and modern retellings. From January to May, I'll be reading these books: 
 Out of this list, I'm most interested in reading Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Last semester I was taking a Jane Austen class, and my professor talked about Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea several times. I know the reveal of Jane Eyre, and I think the racial implications of Mr. Rochester's wife provide a more dire and horrifying revelation that is ignored in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Out of those two books, I don't know too much about anything else. I didn't love The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, so I'm a little wary about reading something else by her. I've also never read Dickens in my life, so we'll see how that goes!

2) Middle Eastern Literature by Women
What I love about being a double major studying English and Women and Gender Studies is that there is so much overlap! While this class is coded for Women and Gender Studies, we'll be studying literature written my middle eastern women. I don't know too much about the middle east, and I think it will be fascinating to learn more about the culture and feminism there! I don't recognize any of the books we are supposed to read, but here they are.
I'm not familiar with any of these books or authors, but I think they'll be really eye opening and insightful. It's easy to just read strictly from US or white authors, as they are heavily published, and I'm ready to read from diverse POVs. Also, I have no idea what Loved Ones is, since my professor didn't put an author or ISBN with it.
3) Diverse Literature
Okay, I know. This is the most vague heading ever, but that's the name of the class I'm taking! Based on the reading list, we'll be focusing on African-American and/or black literature. Here's what I'll be reading
While only three books long, this required reading really strikes my fancy. This will be my fourth semester at UNC, and the third where I was required to read Kindred by Octavia Butler, which I love. I've never read Toni Morrison, but I hear she is a provoking author, so I'm looking forward tot he reading experience and discussing it with my peers. I've never heard of I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, but I'm looking forward to reading diversely this semester! 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? If you are in college, what books are you reading this semester?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!


  1. I also am finally going to start to read Jane Eyre, I have put off this classic for to long now!

    Lotte |

    1. I've tried to read it a while ago, but just wasn't in the right mood. Hopefully I'll have better luck!

      Thanks for visiting Lotte!

  2. Jane Eyre is one of my favorites, but I wasn't crazy about Wide Sargasso Sea - hopefully you will have better luck with it than I did!

    1. Hopefully! I've heard pretty mixed things about Wide Sargasso Sea, but I like the idea of telling the story from the wife's POV.

  3. The Eyre Affair looks interesting. I'd also love to know what you think of Jane Eyre and Great Expectations. I've been considering reading a Charles Dickens book since I've read abridged editions of his books when I was younger.

    1. You'll probably see my thoughts one day on a wrap up post! That is, if I actually finish the book. I have a horrible habit of reading only about half of a required book. I'm hoping to curb that habit this year. :) Thanks for visiting czai!