a day in the life of ivan denisovich

Hey Everyone! When I was younger, I used to read a ton. As a direct result of that, my writing and reading were on point. Recently, however, I haven’t been reading as much, and as a result, my writing isn’t as good as I want it to be (albeit, still pretty good). I’ve decided to read all the books on this list over the next 1 and a half years to get back into reading and to improve my writing. Enjoy! :)

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Animal Farm by George Orwell

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

6. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

8. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

12. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

13. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

14. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

15. The Ecological Rift by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, Richard York

16. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein

17. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

18. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

19. The Odyssey by Homer

20. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

22. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

23. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

24. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer 

25. The Stranger by Albert Camus

26. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

27. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

28. Beowulf by Unknown

29. The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision by Fritjof Capra, Luigi Luisi

30. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

31. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

32. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

33. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

34. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams 

35. Faust: First Part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

36. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

37. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

38. Candide by Voltaire

39. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

40. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

41. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

42. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

43. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

44. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

45. The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath

46. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

47. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

48. Antigone by Sophocles

49. Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe

50. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

51. The Last of the Mohicans (The Leatherstocking Tales #2) by James Fenimore Cooper

52. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

53. Beloved by Toni Morrison

54. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

55. Selected Tales by Edgar Allen Poe

56. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

57. 1984 by George Orwell

58. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes 

59. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

60. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

61. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

62. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

63. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

64. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

65. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

66. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

67. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

68. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

69. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

70. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

71. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

72. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

73. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

74. The Iliad by Homer

75. Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1) by Dante Alighieri

76. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

77. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser 

78. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding

79. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

80. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

81. Cyrano de Bergac by Edmond Rostand

82. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

83. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot

84. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

85. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

86. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

87. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

88. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

89. Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

90. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

91. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

92. Call it Sleep by Henry Roth

93. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

94. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

95. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

96. A Death in the Family by James Agee

97. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

98. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

99. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

100. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Carther

101. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

thatfaketrans  asked:

hi, so based on some stuff on your blog i have been sort of slowly accumulating solzhenitsyn books from like library book sales and stuff over the last like? two years? not with any kind of real intent but just like, "oh hey boner talked about this, it seems good/it's only a dollar" but now i have like four of his books and i haven't read any because i don't know where to start and i'd love some advice on that front (and also where to start with russian lit in general). thanks!

i would start with the gulag archipelago tbh; it’s his life’s work, it’s the thing he was almost destroyed in the making of and what many of his nearest and dearest died for, and while day in the life of ivan denisovich was his first published work, even that was watered down by the authorities until it was deemed acceptable for publication.

the gulag archipelago is, not palatable in any sense of the word, but it’s the lens through which all of his other works are best viewed– hell, it’s the lens through which i was introduced to russian history and russian identity in the first place. the full scope and grandeur and tragic toxicity of soviet life is in those three volumes, and while cancer ward and the first circle are wonderful novels, the gulag archipelago is just him, frantically writing down every scrap of information he could get his  hands on, all delivered at breakneck speed in that brave, flashing, damning voice of his. 

once you make it through the first volume, give yourself a break; do his prose poems, read the one about the ant and the logs, and christ, it all makes so much sense after you’ve made it through the gauntlet of his greatest work.

Essential Global Literature to Read Before You Die (List In Progress)

Hey guys: I got tired of seeing all of those unbearably Eurocentric “100 Books to Read Before You Die” lists and wanted to draft a partial list that would help address that imbalance! Please read, reblog, expand and/or make edits as you will, especially given the conspicuous Middle Eastern, East-Asian, South-Asian, cis-male and straight skew of the list right now. (Please mark edits as your own.)

The Ramayana by Valmiki, adapted by Ramesh Menon

The Mahabharata by Vyasa, adapted by Ramesh Menon

Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong

Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

The Outlaws of the Marsh by Shi Nai’an

Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en

Three Hundred Tang Dynasty Poems

The Recognition of Shakuntala by Kalidasa

Meghaduta by Kalidasa

The Home and The World by Rabindranath Tagore

The Masnavi by Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The Thousand and One Nights

The Conference of Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar

The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam

The Shahnameh by Ferdowsi

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar

The Analects of Kong Zi aka. Confucius

The Dhammapada

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

Guide For The Perplexed by Maimonides

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

Twenty Love Songs and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Selected Stories of Lu Xun

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

An outspoken critic who helped raise global awareness of the Soviet Union’s ’Gulag’ system of forced labour-camps, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008), was a Russian novelist, historian, and short-story writer.

Allowed to publish only one work in Russia ’One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ (1962), thereafter he had to publish in the West - most notably, perhaps: ’Cancer Ward’ (1968), ’August 1914’ (1971), and ’The Gulag Archipelago’ (1973).

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 (’for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature’), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was too afraid to go to Stockholm to receive the award and was indeed eventually expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974. Following the state’s dissolution however, he was finally able to return to his homeland in 1994.

To read: 2014
  1. Beowolf
  2. The Inferno – Dante
  3. Mansfields Park – Jane Austen
  4. A Clockwork Orange – Burgess
  5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A short novel and three stories – Truman Capote
  6. The Awakening – Kate Choplin
  7. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer – Joseph Conrad
  8. Heart of Darkness, Almayer’s Folly, The Lagoon -  Joseph Conrad
  9. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  10. The Brothers Karamazov – Fydor Dostoevsky
  11. The Hound of Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas
  13. The Three Musketeers - Alexander Dumas
  14. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  15. Mythology – Edith Hamilton
  16. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  17. A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man – James Joyce
  18. The Transformation (Metamorphosis) and Other Stories – Franz Kafka
  19. Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  20. Call of the Wild – London
  21. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  22. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  23. Lolita – Nabokov
  24. Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell
  25. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  26. W.H. Hudson: A Portrait – Morley Roberts
  27. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  28. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Solzhenitsyn
  29. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Stowe
  30. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  31. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories – Tolstoy
  32. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  33. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
  34. Candide – Voltaire
  35. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  36. The King Who Was a King: The Book of a Film – H.G. Wells
  37. The Works of Oscar Wilde
  38. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems
  39. The Works of Jane Austen
  40. Selected Poems 1965-1975 – Atwood
  41. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  42. Edgar Allen Poe: Collected Poems
  43. Willis’ Poetical Works
  44. When Rabbit Howls – The Troops of Truddi Chase
  45. A Million Little Pieces – James Fey
  46. Killing Lincoln – Bill O’ Reilly & Martin Dugard
  47. The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  48. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  49. Catholicism and Fundamentalism – Keating
  50. The Secret of Happiness – Billy Graham
  51. Basic Personal Injury Anatomy
  52. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey
  53. The Dandelion Diaries – Karen Kroesen Klare
  54. Harper’s Bazaar: Great Style
  55. How to Walk in High Heels: The Girl’s Guide to Everything – Camilla Morton
  56. Triathlons for Women – Sally Edwards
  57. Knowing God – Packer
  58. The Official Nancy Drew Handbook
  59. The Wonder Spot – Melissa Banks
  60. Figures in Silk – Vanora Bennet
  61. Jubilee – John Brick
  62. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  63. The Secret Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  64. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette – Carolly Erickson
  65. The Divide – Nicholas Evans
  66. Left Neglected - Lisa Genova
  67. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  68. The White Queen - Philippa Gregory
  69. The Red Queen - Philippa Gregory
  70. Changeling – Philippa Gregory
  71. Water for Elephant – Sara Gruen
  72. Shaker Run – Karen Harper
  73. All Creatures Great and Small – James Herriot
  74. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  75. The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger
  76. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
  77. Left Behind – LaHaye & Jenkins
  78. What the Dead Know – Laura Lippoman
  79. A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
  80. A Feast of Crows – George R.R. Martin
  81. A Dance With Dragons – George R.R. Martin
  82. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt
  83. The Nanny Diaries – Emma Mclaughlin
  84. How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life­  - Mameve Medwed
  85. We Bought a Zoo – Benjamin Mee
  86. Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  87. Lucifer’s Hammer – Larry Niven
  88. Sing You Home – Jodi Picoult
  89. Tenth Circle - Jodi Picoult
  90. The Wandering Prince – Jean Plaidy
  91. The Demon in the Freezer – Richard Preston
  92. Year of the Fog – Michelle Richmon
  93. The God of Small Things  - Arundhati Roy
  94. London – Edward Rutherfurd
  95. A Walk To Remember – Nicholas Sparks
  96. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks
  97. Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks
  98. World War: In the Balance – Harry Turtledove
  99. The Lady in the Tower – Alison Weir
  100. Madeleine ­– West
  101. The Golden Unicorn – Phylis A. Whitney
  102. The Skystone  - Jack Whyte
  103. Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Rutz Zafon
  104. My Sweet Audrina – V.C. Andrews
  105. Shadow and Bone – Bardugo
  106. The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas - Boyne
  107. Lord of Misrule – Rachel Caine
  108. The Selection – Cass
  109. Beautiful Stranger – Dean
  110. Crossing Stone – Frost
  111. Thorn in My Heart – Higgs
  112. Fair Is the Rose – Higgs
  113. Tiger’s Curse – Colleen Houck
  114. 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson
  115. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  116. Witch & Wizard – James Patterson
  117. Ripper – Stefan Petrucha
  118. Waking Storms – Porter
  119. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  120. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen
  121. Two From Galiee - Majorie Holmes
  122. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
  123. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
  124. Shatter Me - Mafi
  125. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares - Cohn & Levithan
  126. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Kodkin
  127. It Looked a Lot Like Love - Kristina Haynes
  128. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allen Poe
  129. Qudditch Through the Ages
  130. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
  131. Tales of Beedle the Bard
  132. Beautiful Disaster - McGuire
  133. To Catch a Pirate - Parker
  134. Eat, Pray, Love - Gilbert
  135. Bridge to Terabithia - Paterson
  136. Island of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell
  137. Tuck Everlasting - Babbit
  138. A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle
  139. A Clash of Kings - G.R.R. Martin
  140. TripTych - Slaughter
  141. The Memory Keepers Daughter - Edwards
  142. The Regulators - Bachman
  143. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn - Ives
  144. Remember When - Tori Goggin
  145. At Rick – Alice Hoffman
  146. Labor Day – Joyce Maynard
  147. Aesop’s Mirror – Maryaliee Huggins
  148. Field Work – Mischa Berlinski
  149. The Dream of the Unified Field – Jorie Graham
  150. Little Princes – Connor Grennan
  151. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  152. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  153. How to Find your Soul Mate without Losing Your Soul – Evert
  154. When God Talks Back – T. M. Luhrmann
  155. Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
  156. Captivating – John & Stasi Eldredge
  157. Beach Music – Pat Conroy
  158. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  159. Atonement – Ian McEwean

these are all the books I own, in the flesh, currently staring me down as I type. this, plus what I have at school, and my winter to read pile, is my goal for this year! 

and only then, when I have finished all that I own, can I buy more books. let the battle begin.

anonymous asked:

I'm really happy that we have a same favorite book (tbh I teared up a little when I learned that) and I'm just really curious what other books are some of your faves? Why do you like them? I'm so curious


I hope you’re ready for a very long and intensive list.

  1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet
    Why I like it: Good Omens takes two great authors and combines all their weird, twisted humor into an incredible almost-apocalypse story that’s hilarious and touching and wonderfully put together. I’m on my third time around reading it and it’s still one of the best things out there.
  2. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
    Why I like it: Okay listen. To anyone who even vaguely falls in the realm of identifying as butch, hell, even identifying as queer. This is such an important book. Main character is a Jewish butch lesbian living in the 40s and 50s, and the novel offers a really incredible look into the queer scene at the time. It has taught me so much about our history and I feel so authentically connected to the narrator. This book will change you. 
  3. House of Leaves my Mark Danielewski 
    Why I like it: ok this book straight-up fucked me up. Can’t even talk about it just go read it ok go go go
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Why I like it: I’m pretty sure this is the first book I ever read that made me cry. I, like all other Jewish kids, had a period in late elementary/early middle school where all I read were Holocaust books (I sincerely don’t know why this happens but trust me all the Jews I know have this phase), and this was kind of the cream of the crop in that batch of books.
  5. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    Why I like it: Ok people will come at my girl Allende saying she ripped this idea off of Gabriel Garcia Márquez but tbh even if she did she did it x12 better than he did soooooo … really good book, very feministy and nicely put together. Love me some 20th century Latin American fiction.
  6. Waiting for Godot
    Why I like it: this book is just fuckin weird, go with me on this one. Play format, absurdist, nihilist, and one of the best works to come out of the 20th century. 
  7. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk 
    Why I like it: Palahniuk went into Fight Club looking to explore toxic masculinity and violence and it churned out an incredible work of literature. If you want a foundation for understanding modern masculinity, this is one of the first things you should read. 
  8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    Why I like it: While you can definitely fault it for some sexism, Of Mice and Men is a very moving work. Impeccably written and characterized, and another novel that builds a foundation of understanding modern masculinity. 
  9. Night by Elie Wiesel
    Why I like it: another Holocaust-era work, and Wiesel himself was a survivor. Absolutely heartbreaking account of his time in Buchenwald. Must-read for people interested in the Holocaust and for Jewish people learning about their history.
  10. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
    Why I like it: Explores soldiering life during WWI from the perspective of a young soldier, very intriguing. Another book that will really help you understand the 20th century, especially life as a soldier. 
  11. Persepolis by Marjane Sartrapi (graphic novel)
    Why I like it: Okay Persepolis is just so good, it’s really funny but also very educational and emotional. True story of the author’s experience growing up in Iran during the rise of the Iranian regime. She writes and illustrates the whole thing herself, and I think there’s even a movie that was made out of it? As someone who themselves is interested in cartooning and graphic novels, it was really inspiring to see someone turn what is usually viewed as a cheap story-telling method into a very moving and important work of literature. 
  12. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Why I like it: I read A Thousand Splendid Suns in high school for one of my English classes and it definately sparked the best discussions and most introspections. The book is told from the perspective of two women, Mariam and Laila, and their life in Afghanistan, and supposedly inspired by true stories that the author (Afghani himself) heard when he visited his homeland after living in America for 30 years.
  13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Why I like it: look I know it’s totally cliche but I just authentically think the Great Gatsby is really well-written and has a bunch of very cool motifs.
  14. The Dark Half by Stephen King
    Why I like it: I don’t read a lot of horror because let’s be real I’ve got enough anxiety as it is, but the Dark Half was a GREAT book and definately one of my faves by King. Could be very easily interpreted as a commentary on masculinity and even aside from that was an enjoyable and captivating read.
  15. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    Why I like it: Okay I think it’s pretty easy to see the theme of “great tragedies of the 20th century” in my literature choices. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was another very interesting account told by a narrator working in a Soviet labor camp in the Gulags. It literally just runs through one 24-hour cycle of Denisovich’s daily life, but it’s told with incredible detail and a lot of character. One of those books you’ll just read all in one sitting.

There you have it, anon!! Please know that I’m always happy to discuss books with you if you shoot me a message ♥



Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918 – 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism.

During the war Solzhenitsyn served as the commander of a sound-ranging battery in the Red Army, was involved in major action at the front, and twice decorated. In February 1945, while serving in East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn was arrested for writing derogatory comments in private letters to a friend about the conduct of the war by Joseph Stalin. He was accused of anti-Soviet propaganda under Article 58 paragraph 10 of the Soviet criminal code, and of “founding a hostile organization” under paragraph 11. Solzhenitsyn was taken to the Lubyanka prison in Moscow, where he was interrogated. On 7 July 1945, he was sentenced in his absence by Special Council of the NKVD to an eight-year term in a labour camp.

He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union’s forced labour camp system. While his writings were often suppressed, he wrote many books, most notably The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Two Hundred Years Together and Cancer Ward. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, “for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature”. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 but returned to Russia in 1994 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any good book recommendations?


  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Persepolis by Marjane Sartrapi (graphic novel)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Belly of the Beast by Ashe Vernon
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Dark Half by Stephen King
  • A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexsandr Solzhenitsy
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle



anonymous asked:

so here's a little bechloe prompt for you, if you would like to write it. It takes place after the retreat when Chloe's decided she will graduate. She's in her room studying hard for her Russian Lit exam, she really wants to ace the test. Beca comes in & tries to help her study, & realizes Chloe knows the material like the back of her hand. The truth comes out as to why Chloe's failed Russian lit so many times (Beca), & beca reveals her feelings and there's kissing & happily ever

(I took a Russian lit pop quiz for this, and I feel smart now so lol)

Beca struggles to get herself through the door with her hands full on drinks and food, holding onto it with both hands, arms and even using her chin to keep it all against her body. “I got Mountain Dew, Red Bull, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, because you’re weird-“ Beca throws her a wink. “- and three bags of Lay’s’ Cheese Onion.”

“My favorite.” Chloe blushes. “What are you doing here, Becs?” The nickname slips out of her mouth so easily, not even the pen between her teeth could stop it.

“Helping you study, of course.” Beca smiles as she drops all of the items on the end of the bed. She watches as Chloe moves from the middle of the bed, to the left side, making room for her to join. “It’s time for you to pass that Russian test.” She jumps onto the bed and sighs as she grabs one of the open books and scams the page. “Alright, what have we got here?”

“You don’t have to help, really. I think I understand it now.”

“Really?” Beca grins, only the right side of her lips moving up. “We only came back from the retreat two days ago, where you decided you’re gonna graduate this year, and you already understand everything now?” Beca questions.

“Well, it’s not like I never paid attention.” Chloe throws her a pillow which, of course, she doesn’t catch in time.

Chloe’s giggle is all too devious, and before Beca realizes what’s going on, she gets hit in the face again. “Chlo, no! We’re not doing this right now!” She tries to sound serious, but there’s something about the way Chloe smiles at her, with those blue eyes who look straight through her soul. “Seriously though, let’s get this done first. I can’t graduate without you.”

Chloe thinks she may have imagined that last part, but Beca’s cheeks turn red and she hides her face in the literature book, so Chloe knows her ears didn’t betray her.

“Stare at your notes instead, Beale.”

Right. Chloe moves her eyes from Beca to her book, which is not nearly as interesting, but she tries to focus nonetheless.

“Okay, pop quiz!” Beca exclaims, ripping the notebook out Chloe’s hands and placing it behind her back. “First question; who was the author of ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’?

“I don’t know.” Chloe lies. This is the easiest question ever, because she had to read that book every year. Besides that, Solzhenitsyn was a Nobel Prize winner in Literature and of course Chloe knew he wrote the book.

“I’ll give you a hint; it’s not Ivan Denisovich, which is what I thought at first.”

Chloe thinks that’s the cutest thing she’s ever heard. It’s like saying Harry Potter wrote all seven books instead of J.K. Rowling.

“Okay, next question.” Beca laughs. “Who wrote the book ‘A Hero of Our Time’?”

“It’s actually not a book.” Chloe says absentminded, only realizing after the words have left her mouth, and she sees the confused look on Beca’s face, she must explain. “I mean.. Mikhail Lermontov combined five novellas to this one novel. The longest of those, named Princess Mary, is considered a masterpiece in Russia.” She tells the shocked girl in front of her.

“Okay, well you picked up something in class, that’s good.” Beca nods. “I bet you can’t get this next one right: “In the play ‘The Seagull’, who plays Irina’s brother?”

“Making up your own questions now, are we?” Chloe chuckles. “That’s not in our book.”

“It can still come up in the test, you have to know everything.” Beca’s proud of her question. She watched the play two years ago when she couldn’t get through the Russian Lit book and decided she’d remember things better if she’d watch it. “Here, I’ll help you out. A. Irino.”

“Really?” Chloe can only laugh at how bad Beca was at making up names.

“Shut up, Russian names are weird, okay. Someone is probably named Irino, so. Okay, B. Yakov. C. Konstantin. Or D. Pjotr.” Beca struggles through the name pronunciation, but she manages it with confidence.

“That’s a trick question.” Chloe really, really, doesn’t wanna expose herself. But she was not gonna let Beca and her smug face have this question about ‘The Seagull’ when she knows everything about it.

“What do you mean, a trick question? If you don’t know the answer, you don’t have to be ashamed, Chlo. But don’t doubt my skills as an interrogator.”

Chloe sniffs with a smile on her face, preparing herself to beat Beca at this. “Technically, his name was Nikolayevich. Everyone called him Pjotr, because Nikolayevich hated his own name. Pjotr is technically a nickname, even though everyone calls him that throughout the play.”

Beca questions if Chloe’s messing with her, but Chloe denies it, and by the way her lips curl and her eyes shrink when she laughs, Beca believes her. The redhead tells her the only way she could’ve know is if she read the background and not just watched the play.

“Well, well. Chloe Beale, expert in Russian Lit, how come you failed this so many times?” Beca questions while getting her notes out. Chloe tries to rip it out of her hands, but Beca’s hands move faster as her eyes scam the book. “Chlo.. This is..”

Beca’s obviously lost for words, and Chloe feels like she has no other choice than to come clean.

“Yeah, I’m actually pretty good at Russian literature.”

“Why did you fail three times then?”

“I just.. I didn’t wanna leave you yet.”

It sounds like Chloe means all of them, but somehow it feels really personal; like Chloe stayed just for her. “We’d still see you if you graduated, Chlo.” Beca whispers carefully.

“No, I mean you, Becs. I stayed so I could be with you.”

Chloe hasn’t looked at her since the start of her confession, totally focused on her two intertwined hands. Beca doesn’t remember her ever being embarrassed in front of her. She puts two fingers under her chin and slowly, their eyes find each other. Beca really doesn’t know what to say, so instead she moves in and closes the gap between their lips. There’s no moving, they sit as still as can be, their lips aren’t even moving, just pressed against each other, until finally Beca feels Chloe smile against her lips.

“I’m glad you stayed, Chlo.”

anonymous asked:

any book recommendations? have a nice day!

OH friend, you have unleashed the beast.

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Science Fiction, Dystopia)

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Historical Fiction)

3. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (Fantasy)

4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (Fantasy)

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Science Fiction, Dystopia)

6. 1984 by George Orwell (Science Fiction, Dystopia)

7. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket (Absurdist Fiction, Play)

8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (Fantasy, Science Fiction)

9. The Dark Half by Stephen King (Horror)

10. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (Horror)

11. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn (Historical Fiction)

12. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov (Fiction?? What is this book even???)

13. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Science Fiction, Dystopia)

14. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (Prose/Poetry)

15. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Fiction, Allegory)

16. All the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle not even kidding all of them (Fiction, Mystery)

17. Green River Rising by Tim Willocks (Fiction, Mystery)

18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Historical Fiction)

19. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (Mystery, Fiction, Satire)

20. Holes by Louis Sachar (Fiction, Satire)




anonymous asked:

20 books suggestions. I want to read more and i'm into dramatic books with non happy endings. Loveee


1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

6. 1984 by George Orwell

7. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini

8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini

9. Thinner by Stephen King

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

12. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn 

13. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

14. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

15. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

16. Night by Elie Wiesel

17. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

18. The Giver by Lois Lowry

19. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

20. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett