hey! sorry for the slow reply, but i had to mull over this one for a bit because it’s been over a decade since i read to kill a mockingbird and i admit i wasn’t too personally keen on the catcher in the rye (i opine that i read it too late in life; if i’d read it as a late adolescent, i think i would have taken more away from it than i did). it’s also been a while since i’ve read a few of the listed titles, too, (one reason for the lack of personal blurbs), but they’re all books that sat with me over the years, and these are the titles that came to mind as i mulled over to kill a mockingbird and the catcher in the rye. they should all be less than or just over 300 pages, and it’s a mix of things — novels, non-fiction, plays.
- the bell jar, sylvia plath
- the glass menagerie and a streetcar named desire, tennessee williams
- i know why the caged bird sings, maya angelou
- the color purple, alice walker
- the diving bell and the butterfly, jean dominique bauby
- the sense of an ending, julian barnes
- the guest, hwang sok-young
- i’ll be there, shin kyung-sook
… ok this list feels both really obvious and really arbitrary … X: my apologies for that! i hope it helps a little, though! (:
and thanks for the Q! you’ve definitely encouraged me to pick up more from maya angelou and to get my butt into gear and finally read toni morrison!