So we had a mad dash around the charity shops today after M decided that she wasn't well read enough to get into Yale. Her reading list now includes:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (labelled as a first edition but we have established it is not)
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
War and Peace by Leon Tolstoy (that's the cool dude in the photo) (she started Anna Karenina last week, nobody tell me she doesn't set herself challenges)
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (the whole trilogy)
(total spend about £17)
Plus a video of Sense and Sensibility, though I had to tell her we were not adding to the Disney collection with either Lion King 2 or Lady and the Tramp 2.
I got a couple of things for myself:
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (lovely hardback for £1.49). I just loved Cold Mountain so thought this one would be a good read too.
The Inheritors by William Golding
The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker, subtitled 'Language as a window into human nature'. I read The Language Instinct some years ago and found his writing to be very intelligent and challenging but also readable for a non scientist.
Tish bought new boots and The Clangers on video, but then she has enough to be going on with as I acquired a pile of academic ecology journals from someone on Freecycle. I think Oryx and The Journal of Ecology are going to keep her occupied, in between writing her personal statement for the UCAS application.