I don’t remember the exact date that I started blogging, but I do know that around now is my one year blogoversary (see? I can make up blogging words too!). I haven’t really been keeping track, but the conditions right now seem to mimic what they were when I started. For example, when I started, Riley Lark was hosting his first ever virtual conference. Today we’ve come full circle. Last year I didn’t have any experience, and therefore, little to say. Perhaps I’ll be able to add my input in this year.
A couple weeks ago a friend received a gift card to a bookstore and a note that said “this is to take advantage of one of the best parts of teaching: summer reading.” I recall an abundance of reading lists last year, but haven’t seen many pop up yet this year. I’ve been working recently on my own list. This summer I’m generally trying to avoid books about math and education, since that is what has consumed my life for the last twelve months (though they always end up creeping in).
It should be easy for me to create a reading list – my dad is a book dealer**, so I am inundated with books every time I go home. Nonetheless, I can never seem to find a genre/writer/style/font face that I regularly enjoy. Yesterday, with a laundry list of recommendations and an abundance of recommenders, I went with my dad on a run to the local thrift shops and picked up a number of books at various people’s recommendations. I like this because I didn’t have to pay more than $1 for a single book. On the flipside, I was at the mercy of what I could find in the unsorted piles of rejected books.
So after a day of hunting, I picked up a pile of books that might be worth reading… And with that – Behold:
- Brave New World
- Forrest Gump
- Childhood’s End
- The Kite Runner
- The Millennium Problems
- The Collector
And then there’s a few books that I was sort of looking for but couldn’t find:
- Stranger in a Strange Land
- The Brothers Karamazov (Pevear and Volokhonsky Translation)
- The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
And then there’s books that I know little about, but have been recommended since this post:
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
- Crime and Punishment
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?
I only vaguely know what most of these books are about. If you read and liked/disliked any of these, or just have some advice/words of wisdom, let me know. Feel free to tell me what’s not worth my time, or what’s a must read. I’m just looking for books to enjoy, to think about, and to pass the time.
**For those who don’t know what a book dealer is, my dad goes to garage sales and book stores where he buys books at absurdly cheap prices. He then turns around and sells them online for anywhere from $4 to $4000.