To my own embarrassment, my reading habits have been nonexistent. And that’s being kind. I don’t think I’ve read anything that wasn’t a textbook or some other assigned reading.
Much like a lot of other college students, the stress of school just throws you off on all your old habits. I don’t read anymore, nor do I practice the piano anymore. I barely even watch any Netflix nowadays because I spend most of my time studying for the next upcoming exam. This constant repetition of wanting to read but not reading is slowly driving me insane.
I’m pretty sure that I’ve been working on the same book for the last few months now with very little progress. I set up so many goals and tell myself I want to read a certain amount of books or something and it just never happens. But with the upcoming break, I’m determined to kick this lack of reading slump once and for all.
I’ve decided to only take on four books this December. I really didn’t want to force myself to read something if I didn’t really want to, lest I begin to hate reading entirely. I also wanted a mix of classics and Young Adult novels so I could have more of a variety in case I get bored of a single genre.
Here are the books that I’m planning on reading in the next few weeks:
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to “redeem” him—the novel asks, “At what cost?”
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.
What are you planning on reading? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’m looking for books to build my 2017 Reading List, because I don’t want my book-reading run to end.