As an English major without a full-time job, I recently had the chance to rediscover something: I really like reading. I can’t remember the last time I had so much time stretched out in front of me where I could read whatever I pleased, and without having to underline and take notes.
I’ve become relatively good at using the university library’s online catalog search. Finding the books in person, however, can be a whole other matter. After some searching, I checked out these ones for the weekend: Out of Africa, The Girl with the Curious Hair, Leaving Atlanta, and What I Loved. We’ll see if I can actually get through them all before they are due back.
I’m about halfway through Out of Africa already (did I mention I don’t have a full-time job?) and I can’t put it down. I checked it out because my mom gave me a copy of Isak Dinesen’s biography. I tried to read it but it was too much to get through without any context of her writing.
On the topic of reading, I stumbled onto a couple of cool websites having to do with books. I’ll explain them in the same way that my brain understands them:
Good Reads – sort of like the rating system for Netflix, but for books.
Book Mooch – sort of like the “getting stuff in the mail” part of Netflix, but for books.
Book Crossing – sort of like if you hid your Netflix DVDs under rocks and in bus stations and stuff to get rid of them…but for books.
Is anyone a member of these or any other similar sites?