I'm currently basking in the relief of finally ending my dreaded anatomy/physiology class. Just knowing I wont have to return for another 4 weeks is pure bliss!
I'm determined to do NOTHING for4 whole weeks straight....
Ok well maybe not exactly... I will be working after all. But to be relieved of the burden of studying feels like utter freedom to me at the moment.
And to celebrate such an event, I've decided a trip to the book store is in order.
I plan on taking these next 4 weeks to do nothing but submerge myself in a world of literature.
Over the past few weeks I've compiled a running list of novels I've been dying to read. Its a rather long and rambling list, but here are some of the titles to get an idea:
At Heaven's Gate - Robert Penn Warren
The Pursuit of Love (book 1)/ Love in a Cold Climate (book 2)/ Madame de Pompadour - Nancy Mitford
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Doomed Love - Virgil
1984 - George Orwell
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut (and a few of his short stories as well!)
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Awakening - Kate Chopin
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter - Katherine Anne Porter
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
Jane Eyre - Emily Bronte
Catcher in the Rye (re-read it)- JD Salinger
The Stranger - Albert Campus
The Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
I plan on reading at least 2-3 of these books over break, and of course I'll keep you posted on which ones I choose.
Until then, for those of you looking for a book recommendation- I HIGHLY suggest you read the novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It has quickly become one of my favorite books of all time. Steinbeck himself called his final novel "the big book", and was quoted as saying -
"It has everything in it I have ever been able to learn about my craft or profession all these years. I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this."
This epic novel of good and evil is well worth exploring.