8 Non-Classical Books Every English Major Needs To Read:

Being an English major is great– we get to read amazing books and analyze them until they just can’t be analyzed anymore. Then we write super long papers about them. But, sometimes the books we read can get a little boring. Don’t get me wrong– I love reading about how delusional Gatsby is and counting how many times Holden Caulfield gets on my nerves, but sometimes I want to read something other than a “classic” novel. So here are some of my favorite books that aren’t classics, but definitely need to be read by English majors:

1.” The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak:


This book is beautifully written, and narrated by death! Very heartbreaking, but also very inspiring; it digs into the heart of what it means to be human. The drawings and quotes are absolutely haunting.

2. “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini:


Eragon is truly a fantasy-genre masterpiece. Fans of Lord of the Rings will devour it, and I honestly ended up liking Eragon more than LOTR. Talking dragons, elves, monsters… Eragon is a breath-taking adventure that will leave your heart pounding and aching for more.

3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling:


What can I say about this series that hasn’t already been said? This series will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with the characters and the magical world. Although written in a way that allows younger readers to enjoy, english majors will adore the dark themes, foreshadowing and heart twisting ending.

4. “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman:


Imagine a world where peoples’ souls walk outside their bodies in the form of an animal. This book is incredible; Pullman intertwines adventure with the sinister; the Gobblers are blood chilling and the plot will keep you racing to the finish. Again, the writing style allows younger readers to enjoy it but older readers will love it even more.

5. “Nevernight” by Jay Kristoff:


Nevernight’s opening scene parallels sex with murder. Hooked yet? Kristoff’s writing style will make you laugh and, at times, want to vomit due to the extreme detail he describes bloody murders. The plot is thrilling, gory and steamy: basically anything you could want in a book.

6. “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin:


Deranged kings, badass females, massive wolves and dragons. Game of Thrones is an epic journey to say the least; and don’t get attached to any characters. No one is safe when they play the game of thrones.

7. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn:


Who do you root for in this novel– Amy or Nick? Who’s the real villain? Do the ends justify the means? English majors will devour Gone Girl and find that it challenges the typical “good vs. evil” plot.

8. “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes:


This book is heartbreaking and beautiful and shows people what it truly means to be alive. Lou will touch your heart and Will makes you want to live your life to the absolute fullest– before its too late.


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