National Day of Encouragement Reading List

Today, a dollar store calendar my grandmother gave me tells me, is National Day of Encouragement, which is totally a real thing. So here is a National Day of Encouragement Reading List, which is also totally a real thing. Much encouragement to you, citizens!

  1. King Lear, William Shakespeare
  2. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  3. “Before the Law,” Franz Kafka
  4. Candide, Voltaire
  5. First Love and Other Sorrows, Harold Brodkey
  6. “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne
  7. Camp Concentration, Thomas Disch
  8. “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson
  9. “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe
  10. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  11. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  12. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  13. Correction, Thomas Bernhard
  14. Butterfly Stories, William Vollmann
  15. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor
  16. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  17. 2666, Roberto Bolaño
  18. “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allan Poe
  19. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  20. From Hell, Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell
  21. The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus
  22. The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski
  23. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  24. “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot
  25. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  26. The Pearl, John Steinbeck
  27. Distant Star, Roberto Bolaño
  28. Notes from Underground,  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  30. The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell
  31. “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” Flannery O’Connor
  32. Gargoyles, Thomas Bernhard
  33. The Plague, Albert Camus
  34. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  35. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  36. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  37. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  38. “Good Old Neon,” David Foster Wallace
  39. 1984, George Orwell
  40. Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre

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