But while I've been working and skimming books, I've been thinking about reading. A lot. Mostly, I've been thinking about my Christmas break reading plan and all of the books I want to read over the four glorious weeks when I won't have any homework, when all of my friends will be gone, when I'll be stuck at home with my parents. Whatever.
The problem is that there are so many books I want to read that I'm going to wind up bringing home 84,000 books. Inevitably, the one book I didn't bring home will be the one book that my little soul is just burning to read. I'm trying to figure out what to put all of these books in when I cart them home. Looking around my apartment, I don't see anything that could hold 84,000 books. I might actually have to buy something to carry my books home in.
You would think that owning a Nook would help cut down on the books I bring home. Not so much. Naturally, most of the books I want to, need to, read over this break aren't on my Nook. Why would I make it easy on myself or my back?
I've still got a plan because I'm an only child and we only children like to have plans. I haven't quite gotten to the point of making a list, but I'm getting there.
The first books I will read over break are the ones that I started this year, read most of, but for whatever reason didn't finish. There are seven in this category: Wuthering Heights, Out of Africa, The Thorn Birds, Hawaii, Gonzo (that Hunter S. Thompson book I reviewed), The Reader and Nine Stories. I want to start 2011 with a clean slate and no lingering books from years past.
The next category are books that have been calling me lately. The problem with this is the books in this category change fairly frequently. And, as I pointed out earlier, the one book I don't bring home will be the one that calls me after I've left. Currently, some of the books in this category are: Revolutionary Road, The Golden Notebook, Naked Lunch, Phantom of the Opera, Swann's Way, and Point Counter Point. Plus, I feel like I should bring my collection of Robert Frost poetry in case it snows and my collection of Sylvia Plath poetry also in case it snows.
Life would be pretty great if I could just stick to these works of fiction that call me. You see, in grad school, we don't get much time for reading fiction. So, even though I would love to stock up on fiction to read for the break, there are those non-fiction books calling. Some of these are: John Adams (I've been meaning to read this book for ages; plus, I feel I need to read it to see if there's any mention of him being an Avatar [one of my professors is really strange and I have to
There you have it. Some (I emphasize: SOME) of the books that I will probably be bringing home. A grand total of two of them are on my Nook. Just so you know, I didn't really get up and look through my shelves to make this list, which means there will be others that get packed up in a couple of weeks. Not to mention all of the books I have at home.
So, what are your plans for reading over the break? How do you decide what books to bring home if you are still a college student?