Reading List

Summer reading for freshmen

Is the Bible your idea of summer reading? How about taking "The Communist Manifesto" to the beach? Or cozying up in a hammock to "The Origin of Species?"

While not everyone's idea of vacation books, these works were on UC Berkeley's 10th annual summer reading list for incoming freshmen. This summer, for the first time, the books were chosen not by faculty or academic staff members, but by freshmen and sophomores. Their choices:

  1. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

  2. The Postman by David Brin

  3. White Noise by Don DeLillo

  4. Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford

  5. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking

  6. In Mad Love and War by Joy Harjo

  7. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

  8. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

  9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  11. The Old Testament

  12. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

  13. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

  14. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

  15. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

  16. America Is in the Heart: A Personal History by Carlos Bulosan

  17. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

  18. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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