Book Habits

New Semester, New Reading Habits

Hi Bookworms, and sorry for the disappearing act I pulled this week. It’s Welcome Week!

I just finished getting all settled into my first apartment. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the space on my 350 mile journey to school to include all my books. However, I did manage to buy a new book shelf and fill it with some favorites. The rest will have to join me later.


I thought I would take this post as an opportunity to vent about reading in college. There are so many ups and downs to it.

I’m an English and Creative Writing major, which means most of my ‘textbooks’ are really novels. I couldn’t be happier about it either. This semester my required readings include:


The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Selznick, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Before you suffocate your own fool self by Danielle Evans, Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, Selected poems of Langston Hughes, On Dreams by Sigmund Freud, and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

Also included in my textbook orders were two writing manuals that I will either hate or love. Who knows?! Do they dumb down writing so I feel fourteen again, or will they push me into greater writing endeavors. We shall see.


Having all these books to read can be great. I’ve discovered a few new favorites over the past few semesters because of required readings. Unfortunately, there can be pitfalls to the English Major life. For example, I never have time to read my own books! My reading list goes so slowly in college that it is embarrassing.

My opportunities to read come in small twenty minute time slots a few times a week when I’m inevitably waiting for a professor to open office hours. I have to restrain myself from buying new releases all semester; I’ll never finish them in a timely manner.

All of that aside, I must say I am excited for this semester. It should be another one for the books. Oh! And don’t forget to check out the Indiana Daily Student News Book Column, because, your’s truly is the writer of said column.

I will be publishing weekly articles on all things books and writing, similar to this blog.

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