Amoura Carter – Three Books to Read Before You Die

According to Amoura Carter, there are literally hundreds of books that she feels everyone should read before they die. As a language arts teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, Carter has taught her students to love reading, especially the classics of literature across many years and cultures. As a writer herself, she understands the need for great literature in her life and the lives of others. Here are three of the many hundreds of books that Carter thinks you should read:

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  • 2666—Roberto Bolano. Bolano’s crown jewel to his prestigious and important literary career, 2666 was completed just before his death in 2003. Amoura Carter recommends reading huge books like this because of their completeness of scope and vision. This novel transports readers to a world all unto its own.
  • Disgrace. South African author J.M. Coetzee’s masterpiece exudes with suspense and uneasiness, forcing the reader to come to terms with the many uncomfortable aspects of apartheid and their own lives as humans anywhere.
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find. Amoura Carter is particularly enthralled by Southern writers. Flannery O’Connor’s excellent collection of short stories is one of her favorite books about and by the South. O’Connor captures the tragic and ultimately human trajectories and journeys of unforgettable and extremely real characters in a rare way.

Amoura Carter loves to talk about books and literature with her students in order to put them in front of literary discussion as much as possible. She hopes that she can inspire them to write their own stories and become enraptured in classic literature as she has.



Three Australia Travel Tips from Amoura Carter

Amoura Carter is a teacher based in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the language arts teacher and writer has traveled all over the world, including China, Germany, France, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Jamaica. One of her favorite destinations in the world, however, remains Australia. Here are her three tips for others who want to visit the continent down under:

  • Bring sun protection. As Amoura Carter found when she visited, the Australian sun is very powerful. Even if you don’t plan on making an epic, cross-continental journey over the Outback, you should prepare for the strong sun and heat by bringing hats, visors, sunglasses, and, most importantly, sunscreen of at least 30 spf strength.
  • Keep an eye on brushfire risks. Australians live with the danger of brush fires. The riskiest times of year for brushfires are of course the spring and summer months, but you should always watch the news and keep an eye on the reported brushfire risks and warnings before you go out for an adventure.
  • Swim between the flags. Sharks and even crocodiles sometimes haunt certain Australian beaches, as Amoura Carter has found on her journeys there, but even more dangerous than these prehistoric creatures are the strong undercurrents called rips that pull swimmers out to sea. You’ll see bright red and yellow flags on most beaches and it is much safer to always swim between them.
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Amoura Carter hopes to travel back to Australia again soon and rediscover all that the continent has to offer in adventures and beautiful sights.