If you’ve paid any attention to my twitter feed lately, you’ve probably noticed tweets about panic attacks and graduate school. While I am nervous at the prospect of returning to academia, I am also positively excited. I am in the middle of my first week of classes and I am a bit overwhelmed, a little tired, but very happy. It’s wonderful being back in an atmosphere of learning, sharing ideas, and engaging in discussion about rhetoric, public relations, ideology, etc. Will this road have bumps? Yes. Will the long nights grow old? Definitely. I feel as though the excitement of being in a graduate program will carry me through the harder times. Or, that’s what I’m telling myself for now…
Currently Reading: Countdown City by Ben Winters; The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth; and Life After Life by Atkinson (audiobook) …and many, many, many journal articles…
A few months ago I reviewed Ben H. Winters’ novel, The Last Policeman from Quirk. The book has recently been nominated for an Edgar award and to celebrate, the good folks at Quirk are having a sale! For a limited time, you can buy the eReader version of this book for $2.99. Check out QuirkBooks for more information.
Part 2 (City Countdown) of the trilogy will be released in July, so this sale gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up on the life and work of Detective Henry Palace.
I recently decided to commit to a Goodreads challenge (well, a self-imposed challenge on Goodreads) to read 30 books in 2013. I’ve set two ground rules: these books must be read (not listened to on audiobook) and they must be fiction (academic books are not going to count for the simple reason that I will have to read academic text books rather than reading them for fun).
I have completed one book so far this year and I finished it in the first week of January. I read Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams. It is the third book of his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I am currently reading So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.
I have four books (Four? Oy vey.) that I have slightly abandoned that I would like to finish or at least continue to work through for this year. I would like to finish at least three of these books: I Only Say This Because I Love You (Deborah Tannen); Made to Crave (author); and The Meaning of Night (author). I am making progress on Middlemarch (George Eliot), but it is long and full of detail. I started it a few years ago, but I can’t make myself finish it. Why? Well, I’m not really sure.
So, my “to read” list for 2013 looks at little something like this: