September is here! I’m going back to school, in a flurry of moving boxes and new eraser smell and tears over how much my textbooks cost. There are so many books I’d rather buy. It’s fine, though. I’m over it.
My reading (and writing) might slow down a bit, but I’m still feeling pretty ambitious. There are several books on my TBR pile that I’m ready to tackle once and for all, and of course there will always be random books that I pick up. I’ve got several books on hold through my online library system (if you’re not connected to yours, definitely check it out!), and my birthday was in August, which means I have some gift cards to spend. *devilish smile*
So here’s what’s on my reading radar:
- Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dosteovsky
I’ve been working my way through this one for a while. It’s not dull, it’s just. so. long. I tend to lose interest and motivation when a book takes me more than a couple of days to read, so I’ve been cheating on Brothers K with other books. I’m committing to finishing this thing, though.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
I actually just checked this one out from library, so it’s getting pretty real between me and Arthur Dent. This is a nerd classic, my brothers love it, and it’s really time for me to read it.
- Jackaby, by William Ritter
I’ve been hearing great things about this one. The Chicago Tribune says it’s “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and it apparently features some hilarious characters and a completely platonic boy/girl friendship. Whaaaat?! I didn’t even know that was possible!
- Carrie, by Steven King
A creepy classic. Maybe I should save it for Halloween, but I saw it at the library and just couldn’t resist.
- Germans in Wisconsin, by Richard H. Zeitlin
Hey – my family is German… and I live in Wisconsin. What a coincidence! My grandparents actually still speak German, so love for the Vaterland runs strong in our clan. I’m excited to dig into my own heritage a little.
- Under a Painted Sky, by Stacey LeeSo apparently this has diverse characters, the Oregon Trail, and female friendship. I’m psyched.
- Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone), by Elizabeth Green
I’m not an education major anymore, so I’m not on a fast track to a classroom right after graduation. I’m still passionate about education, though, and trying to understand the politics and practice of teaching is both fascinating and maddening. And who knows, maybe I’ll end up in a school one day after all.
- One, by Sarah Crossan
I can’t say I ever imagined a book told from the point of view of a conjoined twin, but now I need to read it. And it’s in free verse! And that cover! Basically it looks and sounds amazing, and I’m prepared to love it.
- The Pleasures of the Damned, by Charles Bukowski
I’ve always got to include some poetry. Despite the apparent hopelessness of his work, Charles Bukowski is one of my favorite poets: don’t think of him as creating a depressing world, think of him as describing one. That means that he sees all the pain too, and you’re not alone.
I guess that’s all for now. Have you read any of these books? Do you also love Charles Bukowski? Lemme know!