I’m finally posting here again! It’s college winter break so I really want to regain the reading momentum that I lost when school started. My first ever semester of college has been a whirlwind of experience – it’s crazy to think about how much has changed just in the past few months and the new discoveries I’ve made about myself. I’ve mostly been flooded with schoolwork so I haven’t done much leisure reading, and I’m awfully excited to embark on (what I hope will be) my December/winter break reading spree.
I’m going to do things a little differently this time with more non-fiction; I had some philosophy classes in college and realised that I find philosophy extremely intriguing – there’s a whole art and beauty behind reasoning and thinking about all sorts of things, especially when they’re regarding issues people take for granted such as ethics, consciousness, virtues, and when they involve challenging conventional ideals. So I’m going to spend my winter break reading about areas of philosophy I’m interested in!
Other than that, I still need my break from serious stuff, so there’s definitely still some fiction involved, though they’re mostly remainders from my previous pre-college TBR that I clearly did not manage to complete.
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
- As I mentioned earlier, the Les Miserables musical adaptation means a lot to me, so I’m honestly really disappointed in myself that I haven’t even gone past Volume 1 of this book (i.e. I haven’t even reached the part where Valjean and Cosette meet!)..
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- Another classic that has been on my TBR for ages…
- Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
- My Brother and His Brother – Hakan Lindquist
- Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
- Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- This will be my first read from an African writer! I got this when I went on a school trip to South Africa. Adichie is known not just for her writings (many of her books can be found in the typical bookstores), but also for her advocation of feminism – she has a book/essay titled We Should All Be Feminists and has given a (popular) TEDx talk on the same subject.
- Night – Elie Wiesel
- This book is going to be a hauntingly horrific and harrowing read.. It’s an autobiographical account of the author’s experience in a Nazi concentration camp. The story has been translated to 30 other languages. Wiesel was also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his work in the cause of peace.
- The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
- Out of everything, I’m most excited for this book. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Brandon Sanderson is a genius. I loved his Mistborn trilogy, and Goodreads is full of praise for The Way of Kings. I’m sure this won’t disappoint!
- Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
- One of my required readings in college which I didn’t complete entirely. It’s full of life lessons and reminders that Marcus Aurelius has for himself, and is unlike other philosophy texts because this is more stating rather than argumentative
- Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder – Kent Nerburn
- Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche
- Why I am not a Christian and other essays – Bertrand Russell
- The End of Faith – Sam Harris
- The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life – AC Grayling
- Run, Racist, Run: Journeys into the Heart of Racism – Eusebius McKaiser
- The Virtues of Our Vices – Emrys Westacott
Wish me luck! 😉