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Summer Reading

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With school finally drawing to a close, I begin to look to days of less things to do which means that I’ll have time to read. I love reading…it comes with the territory of being an English Professor I suppose. However, I have so many books on my “to read” list that I’m having a hard time fathoming what to read first.

1) I have thought of rereading all my treasure Anne Rice books. I love all the vampire books (some a little more than others but that’s splitting hairs), and every time I read them, I learn something new or become more aware of certain characters. These novels are also something that I’m contemplating writing my Master’s thesis over…so, I feel like it might be viable to go back and reread now instead of waiting.

2)The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien. As a fan of fantasy fiction, many people are shocked to find out that I haven’t read all three of the books all the way through. This fact does not mean that I haven’t read a great deal of them; I just haven’t read all of them. I am greatly in love with the movies (as I have watched them to have something to grade papers with this semester). I want to see where they came from, and I know that the books will be better than the movies. It’s pretty much an unwritten fact that the book will be better than the movie hands down.

3) A plethora of other books that I have around that have been collecting dust.
Atonement by Ian McEwan (again loved the movie)
Paradise Lost by Milton (interested in the mythology of the fall of Satan that he presents)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (being a large proponent of mythology, I have only read pieces of this book…however, since it may play a great part in the creation of my Master’s thesis, I feel like it is worth the read…also, I know that I will enjoy it)

And these are just a few of the books that I have to decide from…I also usually read Bram Stoker’s Dracula about every other summer…so, this book is back in the cycle of things too…Really, I just need to be able to absorb information by osmosis…that would be wonderful…but until then, I am going to have to think about it. Any suggestions people out there. I’m even open to others that might not necessarily be on my “list”.

Writing

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So, I’m sure at this point the majority of people realize that I like to write on some level or other. It’s one of those things that I just find innately interests me. I can write about any and everything under the sun and let it take me where it wants me to go. I know it might sound silly to some, but sometimes writing  just seems to flow out naturally and from a place that seems untouchable at times.

What is it about writing that seems so mysterious? Honestly, I can’t find an answer for myself that suits my own curiosity about the subject. Maybe it’s another way that people out there experience some flash or vapor of what we are all connected to in this web of life we lead. I mean I will willingly admit that through music I think most people experience whatever spiritual force exists out there in the wide-world. However, I think that writing is the same way.

Writing can do so much. It helps us vent our frustration. With the right words, we can express ourselves more fully on paper or computer monitor more fully than we ever could holding a conversation out loud. Words also help us show the sites and adventures that we want to share with others. Whether a fantasy tale full of dragons, witches, and damsels in distress or a biography of Bill Clinton, writing helps open multiple doors for us into realms that we will never fully understand…

I suppose that I will continue to write my randomness down on napkins, church bulletins, scrap paper, and other things…regardless of the looks I get doing it…:)

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February 16, 2010 at 12:28 am