My To Read List before I start University

Recently I’ve been filling in my UCAS application to go to University in September next year. For people who don’t know what UCAS is, it is basically the online application to apply for up to 5 University courses, you attach a personal statement and reference and patiently wait to get interview offers from your desired places of education. I am eager to try and get into the University of Leeds or Manchester Met University next year and study a course that entails either English Literature or Creative Writing. I have been wildly motivated the past few days about my future University plans, I’ve even been gazing over prospectuses during my work breaks and daydreaming about what I will study.

Obviously to study English Literature you want to be a massive fan of Literature, which I am, just I am terrible with reading. I love reading and I love different pieces of literature including fiction, non-fiction and poems. I remember reading Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Medusa’, in my GCSE English Literature and absolutely falling in love with it, the writing gives you Medusa’s own outlook of the curse she is given and I find the lines;

“Be terrified.
It’s you I love,
perfect man, Greek God, my own;
but I know you’ll go, betray me, stray
from home.
So better by for me if you were stone.”

Really powerful. You empathize with the woman and her feelings of distrust and anger towards Poseidon, who in traditional mythology, seduced her and when they were intimate, Athena cursed her for being un-loyal. However Poseidon was never punished and in this poem, it’s almost as if Medusa is warning him. Her curse makes people she makes eye contact with turn to lifeless stone. She is warning him to watch out and be scared because she loves him and she will look at him and yearn and he runs the risk of being turned to stone.

But this isn’t an essay on poetry. This blog post is me writing down a list to myself of what literature I want to read before I start any University in September 2016.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (currently reading)
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  5. The Martian by Andy Weir
  6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  10. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  11. The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
  12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

So yeah! When I finish these books I’ll try and write posts about it to get back into the swing of reading deeper into stories and relating.

Thanks for reading,

Helena x x

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