I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I enjoyed my little break from school, and it was difficult to get up and out this morning. I think many of my students felt the same way. That end-of-the-semester buckling down is starting to kick into gear, though. It's my favorite time of semester. I love seeing the students piece together all of the things we've worked on for the previous twelve or so weeks. Next semester I have the opportunity to teach a novel or novella to my freshmen. Can I tell you that I'm frozen in terms of selecting a novel? I love so many books, and I'm also worried that I'll select a book that most of my students have read already. So, I"m torn among books such as The Things They Carried, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea (do you think you can get that if you haven't read Jane Eyre?), Grendel (must one have read Beowulf to get it?) or maybe a shorter Steinbeck novel. I'd like to read something by a woman, as male writers are certainly well-enough represented in most readers. I'd love to hear your suggestions. This class isn't a literature class, but rather a composition class in which we use literature as a springboard for writing.
So let me know. What book did you love when you were around 18 years old?