Surprisingly, I do not hate reading yet
Hi! It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged, mostly because I’m in college now and free time is rare! Also, everything is different and while I have had a lot of thoughts about the overall college experience so far, I keep getting a little overwhelmed when I start writing about it. That’s mostly because some days are drastically better than others, and it feels like my opinions/insights change daily. I’ve been working on a post of things I’ve learned so far, but it is taking a lot of introspection that I frankly don’t have the brain power to do in between studying for midterms and always having a to do list that stretches from Waltham, Massachusetts to Colorado. (On a side note, I just had to spell-check Massachusetts even though I live here now.)
So, instead of tackling the many ups and downs and inspirational and uncomfortable aspects of freshman year, I wanted to discuss something I can always discuss: good books!
As of now, I’m declared as an English major with a triple minor in Journalism, Education Policy, and “Creativity, The Arts, and Social Transformation” (I am very aware that it sounds like I am making up that last one but it is actually a thing at my artsy, quirky liberal arts school). Translation: all I do is read, read, and read some more. Usually in a week I read about 1,000 pages a week for class, plus the daily New York TImes, which is required for my journalism class. So while over the summer I was able to throw myself into books that I loved, that is just not possible while I’m in school.
However, I try my best to take half an hour before bed and read something that I don’t need to take notes on or analyze. I’m still working my way down my list of recommended books, and though I don’t remember who recommended me each title, the people in my life have good taste in books and have not lead me astray! Here’s a quick list of what I’ve read since coming to school, as well as a one sentence review (as it is late and I need sleep!).
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A cute and easy read that provides interesting insights on empathy and compassion!
3 stars (just in terms of memorability)
The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
A nicely crafted story about finding beauty in helping others and building relationships.
4.5 stars (only because the writing quality seemed a little choppy to me at some points)
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
I saw a student-directed play of this last week and decided to reread it, mostly because the play took a very different tone than I remembered in the story. It was never my favorite in high school, but once I reread it I found more interesting nuances. I wish I could be in a class that studies this again, because I think I am missing something in all of it.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Well, this one was actually prompted by my Victorian literature class’s reading of Jane Eyre and The LIfted Veil. I felt weird that I hadn’t read it before, and October felt like the right time. I liked it and can see the comparisons to Bronte, but I did not read as closely as I maybe should have so I had no epiphanies.
rating: 3.5 stars
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
I am finally getting around to reading the book my grandmother has been trying to get me to read for years! I tried to compare it to an episode of On the Media for my journalism class, to which my professor explained to the class “that book is basically the most bourgeois, liberal book out there.” She is correct, and I am enjoying it immensely.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I just picked up this one yesterday after seeing it on my recommended list and having no idea what it was. So far, it reminds me a bit of All the Light We Cannot See, so no complaints. The writing is decadent, but in a natural way.
That’s all for now! I’ll write some more serious posts once midterms are done and I can gather my scattered thoughts. I’m always looking for new titles to add to my list!