The above title is, sadly, an accurate description of what’s about to happen for the next month for me. After being in the air (flying) for about 10 times back and forth from Asia (Daegu and Seoul, Korea) to Europe (Paris and London) to the US last year, my family decided that it’s not time for another “one of those” vacations yet. C’est dommage. So this summer, to say the least, I am doing absolutely nothing exciting.
Well, maybe except for the following.
Part I: Books (for pleasure.)
The unfortunate truth is that college really doesn’t allow time for books outside of the classroom. There is reading for class, extra reading if you’re interested, spontaneous social happenings, practice (if sports is your thing)… Unless you go hide behind the fifth floor library quiet study hall desk, it ain’t happening. A huge grievance. So that’s why I have let loose to get my hands on these books.
Some of these coincide with my class readings, but at least they’ve earned my interest one way or the other.
I planned to read at least fifty books this summer, and I’ve only managed about 20. But it’s OK. I still have another month!
- Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City
- Marx, The Communist Manifesto
- Derrida, Deconstruction in a Nutshell
- Miranda July, No one belongs here more than you
- A. Huxley, Brave New World
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
- Knut Hamsut, Pan
- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
- Margarette Duras, The Lover
- Paul Auster, The book of illusions
- The Western Intellectual Tradition
- Remnick, Lenin’s Tomb
- Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
- Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed
- Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
- Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
- Kyungsook Shin, Please look after mom
- The Portable Atheist:Essential readings for the Non-believer