winter break to me was always sacred. they were times where I got to sit on the counter top and watch and sometimes help my mom make spritzer cookies like a good little German or sled-riding in the neighbors field and eating popcicles with a runny nose after being so cold for so long or waiting for my sister to come home from college while drinking hot chocolate that slowly progressed into coffee.
but I am at a stand still as to what to try next, and I thought to myself, maybe slowing down and going back to basics would be best for me this winter break. maybe I was too busy 'doing' and less busy 'learning.' (a humble thing for a future teacher to admit) so I am reaching out to books. lots of books, and I have a list.
- the bell jar- sylvia plath
the poet "victoria lucas'" one and only novel before shutting her head in the oven. a trippy book about mental illness and well, Im not sure, thats why I want to read it.
the bhagava gita
700 verse scripture from Hindu tradition. I just wanna get my philosophy on.
- where things come back- john corey whaley
my guilty pleasure of john green(ish) novels and teenage angst, getting second chances and sarcasm.
- the life of pi- yann martel
my friend Kami's favorite book. Its about a tiger and they made into a movie ive never seen.
the chronicals of chrestomancy- diana wayne jones
I love fantasy novels, no shame at all. dragons and magic and warlocks and solid writing.
- the tortilla curtain- t c boyle
I like the title and it has something to do with Mexico and Spanish. I just ordered this from amazon for one cent. it should be here in January
travel writing- peter ferry
a book I found for $2 at a Walden books liquidation. It had travel on the cover and a typewritter. sold. It dances around the themes of reality and fiction and how often that distinction is irrelevant.
- a room with a view- e m forester
a romantic and emotional and optimistic book, unlike a passage to India, which I loved but saddened me. or maybe that was my 25page research paper I wrote about that novel.
- snows of kilimanjaro- ernest hemingway
I love mountains, I want to climb Kilimanjaro and I love hemingway's simple syntax.
- driving to the end of the world- mark mcmahon
ordered impulsively off of amazon, it is about a man in a minimidlifecrisis and drives from New Mexico to Patagonia, Chile (or Argentina)
a cook's tour- anthony bourdain
Tony's first novel about his first tv show was it was syndicated from the foodnetwork. I love seeing his early perspective. plus No Reservations had its final episode and Im already suffering.
- herzog- saul bellow
a classic about writing letters to everyone, living and dead who can inspire you to start your life again.
- innocence abroad- mark twain*
more on this one later, it is part of a book club I am in.
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