First Semester Reading Ladder




Things I Read in First Semester – from Most Recent to Least Recent:

  1. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (224 pages)
  2. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (80 pages)
  3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (386 pages)
  4. Rumi: The Big Red Book – Rumi; compiled by Coleman Barks (512 pages)
  5. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (448 pages)
  6. The Wars – Timothy Findley (226 pages)
  7. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (544 pages)
  8. Memories – Lang Leav (256 pages)
  9. Persuasion – Jane Austen (313 pages)
  10. Pilgrim – Timothy Findley (486 pages)
  11. Macbeth – William Shakespeare (257 pages)
  12. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (384 pages)
  13. 18 Best Stories by Edgar Allen Poe – Edgar Allan Poe; edited by Vincent Price and Chandler Brossard (287/287 pages)
  14. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (1270 pages)


TOTAL PAGES READ: 4,469 pages


AVERAGE READING RATE: 31 pg per day;  638 pg per week




  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (384 pages) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. The Wars – Timothy Findley (226 pages) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (386 pages) ⭐⭐⭐⭐


TO-READ – In No Particular Order:

  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (224 pages)
  • Garden of Stones – Sophie Littlefield (320 pages)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith (456 pages)
  • The Nightingale – Hannah Kristin (448 pages)
  • The Bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seierstad (288 pages)
  • A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (110 pages)
  • The Girl with Seven Names – Hyeonseo Lee (320 pages)
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (546 pages)
    REFLECTION:I feel extremely satisfied with where my reading has come over the course of the semester. First of all, I read all of the required reading for AP English plus a variety of novels that I chose myself. I feel like each subject matter in most of what I read this semester was impactful or enlightening to me in some way. I noticed that I chose a lot of historical fiction (as per usual) – but I love the various cultures that I got to explore through these novels. I was able to travel to Africa, Japan, Afghanistan, Civil War-Era America, the moors of England, and the battlefields of WW2 through my reading. I hope I am able to continue this trend of finding new cultures and issues to explore.

    Once again, I love how I am continually finding new cultures through novels. This is what I desperately want to continue with during second semester. As well as keeping up with my reading rate, it is also my goal to read more variety next semester. I know I say this every reading ladder – it’s difficult to stray from my beloved historical fiction sometimes – but I truly do want to make a goal to read more novels in genres such as fantasy, horror, or biographical. Not to mention, I don’t think it would hurt to read a candy book every once in awhile – I sometimes forget that that is actually an option!

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