May 10, 2016

#KillYourTBR2016 May

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ~ It doesn't get any more classic than this. Originally published in 1951 and kept on the banned books list, I am finally picking this novel off my TBR shelf.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ~ The plot of this American semi-autobiographical classic parallels the author's mental breakdown, severe depression and suicide attempt. Published in 1963 and still a popular novel.
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith ~ Focuses on the later lives of two wartime friends and their families. Anything by Zadie Smith is considered a modern classic, to be quite honest.
  • What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day ~ Pearl Cleage's debut novel about a girl from Idlewild, Michigan.
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison ~ This bestselling classic memoir is known for changing the way people think about moods and madness. The author is an American clinical psychologist, writer and expert on bipolar disorder.
  • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow ~ Recipient of many literary prizes for its focus on society's ideas of race, class and beauty. I can finally pick this book from my TBR and get into its deep plot.
I specifically chose these classics because May is Mental Illness Awareness Month. I will not get through reading all of these in the next 20 days but visit throughout the month for my reviews of most of the above-mentioned books. If you are interested in joining this challenge with me, visit Bookish for the deets. Share your progress using #KillYourTBR2016 on social media.


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