2017-2018 Scholars’ “Recommended Reading List”

A head shot of Prosper wearing button-down and jacket. Inspired by a tweet by @miss_print, 2017-2018 Scholar Sony Prosper (pictured here) posed this request to fellow members of this year’s Spectrum cohort: “Post your top 5 books of all time. Don’t think about it, just jot down the first few books that come to mind.” We’ve rounded up their responses, which span a variety of genres and publication dates. Below are some of the 2017-2018 Scholars’ favorite reads!

  • America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The Black Jacobins by C. L. R. James
  • Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
  • Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
  • Blues People by Amiri Baraka
  • The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • Caliban’s Reason by Paget Henry
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee
  • Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn
  • Farming the Bones by Edwidge Danticat
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology ed. by Barbara Smith
  • Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer
  • Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  • Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Silencing the Past by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
  • The Space trilogy by C. S. Lewis
  • Spunk: Selected Short Stories by Zora Neale Hurston
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chiamamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Sony is currently pursuing his MLIS at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and holds a B.A. in History from Mercer University. He works as an Archives and Research Assistant at Tufts University Digital Collection & Archives in Medford, MA, where he assists with public services operations, processing archival materials, and designing and installing exhibits. His professional interests are in Haitian collective memory and Haitian archives, the submergence of Black memory in the United States in relation to mainstream American memory, oral history, public outreach, and bringing more students from underrepresented communities into the information professions.

 

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