Logo of the Universit of California, Berkeley
With the exception of last summer, I have done posts each year on this blog of the required reading at whatever colleges or universities I can find. Because I work solely with adult learners in an open admissions program, I do not get to experience this aspect of college life.
The University of California, Berkeley, that hotbed of everything counter-culture in the 1960s is still doing it differently. Incoming Cal Bears [do any freshmen think of themselves that way today?] have a large choice of books from which to pick their one read–25 in fact! You’ll find the official list here. I’m putting them up in this post so I can comment on any that I’ve read or that interest me. You are free to simply scan the list–there a links to Amazon below the photos. I do not make a cent off your clicks. They are just for convenience.
The Titles I’ve Read
Normal People–threw it back without finishing. You can read the reason why HERE
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I reviewed this on my old blog. I loved every word of it!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Read My Review Here.
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi I read it with interest when it was published.
The Title List
Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Continental Divide by Alex Myers
Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney
Two Weeks in November by Douglas Rogers
Sula: A Novel by Toni Morrison
Meadowlark: A Novel by Melanie Abrams
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
How to Be An Antiracist by Ibraham X. Kindi
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Disappearing Earth: A Novel by Julia Phillips
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
The Travelers: A Novel by Regina Porter
Papillon by Henri Charriere
If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Becoming Mrs. Burton by Susan Burton
The Overstory by Richard Powers
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip
Have you read any of these? Leave a comment or a link to your review. Does your college, or the college your child or spouse of whoever attends, require a Freshman summer read? Leave me a comment with the college name and the book title and I’ll make sure it gets in my big list post!