I was taking eighteen credit hours this semester, so I’m proud of myself for reading six books. Three of them were required for classes, but I managed to get in three pleasure reads as well.
I read The Epic of Gilgamesh for school, and I was not expecting to enjoy it. It was short, and although some parts are difficult to read, because of translation or availability issues, it is easy to understand. I enjoyed it overall. My dog got really sick this semester (she’s okay now), and I was reading this in the waiting room at the vet. Some old dude interrupted me and said “Wow, the Epic of Gilgamesh? That’s a fantastic epic. You have great taste!” I told him that it wasn’t my choice to read it.
I also read the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer, which, as a Classics major, I have read before. Both my copies are translated by Stanley Lombardo. I wrote an essay about Odysseus’s dick. If you want to know more, I’ll post it. I got 100% on it. When I told my friend about it he said “Penises? Isn’t that your favorite subject? Of course you’ll get an A.”
I started Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen before school started, and finished it in October. I had a really funny thing to write about the beginning, but I honestly can’t remember what it was. Maybe I’ll watch the movie, remember, and write a review. I probably won’t reread it. I love Jane Austen, and even though I don’t remember much from the beginning of the book, I remember that I enjoyed it.
I also read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, which is my favorite book out of this list. Although I had an eight-page paper due that week, I instead sat on my ass and read this entire book. I finished it within 48 hours. If you haven’t read it, read it! Hopefully, I’ll get around to posting some more about this one!
The last book I read was Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I had seen the Da Vinci Code film, and was in the mood for something fast paced. This definitely fulfilled that need, and it made me think a lot about the relationship between religion and science. However, I rolled my eyes when the main female character says “’You’ve never been to bed with a yoga master, have you?’” (Brown 569).
I hope to post more frequently now that the break has begun, but I also have a lot of studying I have to do for the upcoming semester. I’ll have to see how things work out.