Sunday, August 20, 2017

Books I Brought to College

Hi, everyone! I hope that you are all doing well. College is starting for me tomorrow and I have finally settled down into my apartment. Last year I brought a lot of books to college and I didn’t read hardly any of them because I would buy books every now and then and read those new ones. I’m a mood reader and I will only want to read a certain book at a certain time. I love being a mood reader, but sometimes it can be very hindering to me because if I’m not enjoying a book or I don’t feel like reading it, I will not pick up the book. I can go days without reading a book and then finish five books in one day.

This semester I’m taking three English classes and a Harry Potter philosophy class alongside being active member of my university’s color guard and Chi Alpha (nondenominational Christian fellowship) and I have a work study job at my campus. I sadly don’t foresee much of reading in my free time. I will try to make time like I did last year. I read when I walk to classes and that was a fun way to get into a book. The only downside is that it takes me a while to finish a book that way, but at least I’ll be reading. 

Note: Sorry that there are no photos of the books. My Internet connection on campus is very slow and it took me almost thirty minutes to find four photos, so I gave up.

Just Finished
The Beguiled- 3.25 stars I finished this yesterday (finally!) and it’s a good read, but I had extreme issues with the “climax” and the choices that these women made. I just think it glorifies murder and sociopathic/psychopathic tendencies, which is something I have a huge problem with.

Currently Reading
Great Expectations- I’m currently listening to the audiobook and reading it in a physical copy as well. So far, I’m really enjoying it. I’m only 52 pages in and I can’t say what I’ll rate it as of now, but it has potential to be 4 stars or more.
The Screwtape Letters- I’ve been reading this book since March or April and it started as a buddy read with one of my LifeGroup leaders. Then summer came and I turned it into devotionals per chapter. I’m still reading it, but it hasn’t been a main priority. However, I know for sure that I’ll be giving this book anywhere from 4.25-5 stars rating because it is phenomenal. I’m just a slow reader when it comes to C.S. Lewis.
East of Eden- This is my current reread. I always have a reread on-hand and I’ve rereading East of Eden since March. I love this book so much and I pick it up at leisure. It’s amazing. If you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest considering it. It’s a masterpiece.
Great Tales of Horror- I have two more stories left in this collection. The Haunter of the Dark is about 20 pages and I would like to pick that one up sometime soon. The Shadow Out of Time is 50 pages and I’m curious about it. However, I have a weird relationship with Lovecraft. I love him sometimes, hate him others, and just think he’s mediocre. When I look at the 18 works I’ve read by him overall, there are a lot of inconsistencies with his storytelling ability.
The Outsiders- I haven’t started this one yet, but it’s my next “official” carry-around book. It’s super short and I love the movie. I’ve never read this classic and I’m looking forward to finally picking it up.

To Read
Different Seasons- I’m so excited to pick this one up. I love Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me and I’m so excited to see King’s original concept and story that became the iconic films that they are today. I also really want to read Apt Pupil. It’s one of the King novels/novellas that I’m itching to dive into.
The Long Walk- The premise for this is so interesting and I am really interested on checking out the Bachman books.
The Green Mile- This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I have never picked up this book, but I did own a copy of it at one point. I think it’s time I try to get around to it.
The Drawing of Three- I read The Gunslinger in the spring semester and flew through it. So, it’s only fitting to bring the sequel with me. I think I’ll pick this one up soon because I want to know where Roland’s story heads.
Murder on the Orient Express- I want to read this one before the movie comes out. I flew through And Then There Were None last year and it’s a favorite of mine. I’m really excited to dive into another Agatha Christie mystery.
Kushiel’s Dart- This is a novel that really intrigues me and at the moment it’s a fantasy novel I want to have on hand in case I’m itching to pick it up.
Son of the Shadows- I LOVE LOVE LOVE Daughter of the Forest and I consider it to be one of my favorite fantasy novels and I have yet to pick up the sequels. I brought this with me to college for the third time in hopes of picking it up this semester.
A Storm of Swords- I love Game of Thrones and I like A Clash of Kings, but I have to pick up the third book in this series. I brought it with me in case I’m inspired to pick it up.
The Stranger Beside Me- A friend of mine who took a True Crime Lit class recommended this book to me and I’m so excited to dive into this one. I read Zodiac last semester and want to read a true crime novel this semester to keep up the trend.
The Fiery Cross- It’s been over a year since I picked up an Outlander book and that’s just not okay for me. I love this series so much and I’m shocked that I went so long without immersing myself into this world.
Stone Mattress- It’s been a while since I read The Handmaid’s Tale and I’ve been accumulating Atwood’s books like crazy. This short story collection is one I’ve been dying to pick up. Plus, it’s bright yellow and so beautiful.
Invisible Monsters- I have always wanted to read Chuck Palahniuk and I received this as a Christmas present two years ago. I need to pick this up. Also, the cover is badass and I adore it.
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories- I love The Metamorphosis and I’m obsessed with the Barnes & Noble Classics, so I picked up a copy. My original copy is slightly water damaged and I want to read more Kafka.
Brave New World- I planned to pick this up over the summer, but I got a summer job and fell in love with Stephen King, so it fell off of being a priority. I would love to finally pick this one up.
Winter Tide- I won this in a GR giveaway and it incorporates the Cold War and Lovecraftian horror together. I’m here for it.
Uprooted- I’ve been dying to read this book and it’s a standalone fantasy novel, which is super rare and exciting.
You- I want to read something quick and creepy during Halloween. I feel like this would be perfect for reading while watching Stephen King movies on TV.
Obviously, I want get around to read all of these or half of them this semester, but I really want to pick all of these books up and so I brought them with me in hopes that I could pick them up at random and get through them.
What books should I get to first? What books are you planning to read this fall? Did you bring any books to college? Let me know down below in the comments!

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