Reading Is Sexy
As I mentioned in my last post, I am very excited for my first University summer. It seems to stretch out endlessly, spanning the months from April to August: days full of sun and fun.
One of my absolutely favourite things to do whenever I have oodles of free time is to spend them reading. When I don’t have time to read, I make lists of books I want to read. I used to work at a bookstore, and I have since then literally stockpiled books into my bookshelves, and filled my brain with more titles I’d love to read. There are three types of books that I plan on reading this summer:
You know, that book that you’ve been meaning to read your entire life but never got around to because you just never had the time? Well those tend to go on people’s ‘summer book list’ because the summer presents us with uninterrupted free time. Personally, I have a list of ‘summer project’ novels the size of my arm. On the menu for this particular summer? Well I’m still deciding, but here are a few of my top picks:
It’s really not very likely that I’ll tackle this book this summer. I wish I’d had it last summer (and the motivation) because there was a project called Infinite Summer, which was a reading club for all those attempting to read this 1100 page masterpiece. It’s by the same genius who brought us ‘This is Water”, David Foster Wallace. I’d love to read it, but I don’t know if I have the willpower to follow it through. We’ll see. I might as well, it is just heftily sitting on my bookshelf like a paper weight.
Gone With The Wind
I must have read the first page a thousand times at this point. And I can’t tell you how much I want to dive into Scarlett’s world and get lost for a few sun-bleached days by the pool or at the cottage. It’s definitely a contender.
Lord of the Rings
Sure, they’re classic. And I adore the movies. So the only stopping me from finishing the book is time and stamina (I got bored at the Council of Elron the first time I tried to read them..). I know I’d love them, it’s just a matter of commitment!
The Interesting One.
This category of books are the ones that I am fascinated by. Most of them are non-fiction and are for my education mostly. These are the ones that make me giddy inside. :)
Fast Food Nation
I bought this book very recently, only a couple of weeks ago. It’s yet another book talking about the negative consequences of our current food industry, as well as the history of fast food. I’m looking forward to gaining even more insight into the realities behind what people eat.
This one has been on my bookshelf for a while now, ever since I was magnetically pulled to it at my favourite second-hand bookshop. It’s about how powerful brands have become, and the non-transparency of the system.Very interesting.
How The Mind Works
A recent gift from my Dad on one of our book-shopping trips. It’s marketed as a book that answers all sorts of questions about humanity by looking at brain science. Aka, COOL! :) Plus, it’ll get me pumped up for next year, my first year of solid psychology courses. I am so excited.
It could be anything, really. Anything that catches my eye. A fashion book, a modern novel, a random book I picked up from the library, my sisters’ fluffy teen novels. But since I haven’t been to the bookstore in such a long time (read: a week) I don’t know what will be on my must-read list in this category for the summer. It’ll take a shopping trip to some of my favourite haunts to find out.
What are you guys planning on reading this summer?
I can’t believe I only have seven days separating me from the glorious summer! I have so much information to pack into my brain before then it’s scary. Biology on Friday, Physics (omg) on Monday, and then Chemistry on Wednesday. Then I’m finished!! My mommy is coming to pick me up, and I plan on having two guilt free days in Montreal eating out and partying my butt off before heading home. I’m so anxious to get my exams over with successfully. I guess I oughta go to bed now!