I’m taking a master’s course, semi-distance, in Organizational Leadership. The classes are fantastic and the books are fascinating – usually – but it is nice to be able to read something different without required reading hanging over your head, about 1000 pages per class!
I just finished writing my last paper for the Spring semester. That means I am 2/3 done with my master’s, only one year to go! (Already dreaming of a second master’s – Holocaust Studies. It’s just a dream though. I know I can just read the books but the discipline and structure of classes sure helps me cement what I learn in the books.)
Sooo, free time for me until my next classes in August! Wahoo! It sounds like forever but it’s more like 12 weeks. So, after the last eight months of staring at my bookshelf, wishing I had time to read all the books I collect (it’s a little bit of an obsession), I have chosen 24 books to read over the next 12 weeks!
Yep, two a week, one fiction and one non-fiction. Almost like that, actually, I chose a few more non-fiction than fiction. We’ll see if I get that many read but it’s my game, I can make – or break – the rules if I want to!
Here’s the fiction pile – not shown is The Bourne Supremacy. I read the first one, Bourne Identity. As my friend Carolyn told me, they’re different enough from the movies to practically be different stories. But still very good. This is my third try for Cutting for Stone – if I can’t get into it this time, that’s it. It has one of my favorite quotes toward the beginning: “life is like that, you live it forward but understand it backward.” and yet I still can get past a certain point before I lose interest.
The non-fiction pile, above, is a mixture of Christian books about drawing closer to God, and a 31 day Bible study; a couple books about African countries; a couple books about food and a couple random books.
Here are the first two, I started the top one tonight, Home Cooking – it’s a series of essays on food and cooking and I adore it! I already read More Home Cooking, found in a thrift shop for $1, one of the best dollars I’ve ever spent. My friend Becky bought me this one as a gift. The green book on the bottom, Clover Cottage, was bought at a second hand bookshop in South Africa, more for the color than anything! I sometimes enjoy these short, old books – this one seems to be about the 60s or so, can you believe it, there’s no publishing date!
(By the way, I have read a few books here and there for pleasure in the last eight months, just not many.)
(Second by the way – it’s winter here! It just made for a nice title for most of my readers who will understand summer holidays from school. Winter reading is even better – curled up on the couch with a blanket – lovely!)
What are you folks reading these days, besides my blog? Please share!