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LITS Asks: summer favorites and Fall Break

Oct 08, 2012 by Alice Whiteside

I'm already feeling a little nostalgic for Banned Books Week, which was such an excellent excuse to chat about books we've read and books we want to read. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Banned Books Reading or perused the Banned Books table we had in the atrium! As my list of books to read continues to grow, I was happy to get additional inspiration as I documented and refreshed our LITS Asks board...


As some of you have noticed, just around the corner from our popular Ask LITS board, we have claimed a smaller window where we ask you questions. At the beginning of the semester, we asked: "What was the best thing you read over the summer?"

We got fantastic responses! Some of these are already on my favorites list (The Master and Margarita, Goblet of Fire...) and I have added others to my "to read" list. Here are the titles mentioned (some twice, some with extra comments of encouragement or exclamation) in no particular order:

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Slaughterhouse Five
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Euginedes
100 Years of Solitude
The Warmth of Other Suns
Norwegian Wood
1984 by George Orwell
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Picture of Dorian Grey
The Ugly American
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Namesake
The Master and Margarita
The Millenium Trilogy
The Age of Reason by Sartre
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Walking Dead comics
Sin City comics
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Howard Zinn’s People’s History
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Watership Down
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Hummingbird’s Daughter
Fables (graphic novels)
Goblet of Fire

I can't help but notice that a number of these titles have been challenged or banned over the years. We are proud to keep these on our shelves, and we encourage you to read them! If you are looking for a good book to read over fall break, we offer these favorites from your fellow Mount Holyoke students as inspiration.

Also, we have a new question up on the LITS Asks board. Come visit when you get back to campus!


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