During the first part of the semester, I spent most of my time on campus in the library. Then I learned that I had rights to a shared desk in the Ph.D. student office as a research fellow, so I took advantage of that. To be honest, not much studying got done when I was at my desk because it was more fun to socialize and fraternize with my fellow students. But when I did spend time in the library, I took a picture of the books I was sitting next to. I wanted to share with you my views of the beautiful books at my university library this semester.
These were the books that surrounded me during my very first study session on the very first day (just after I had been pulled over for the very first time and had gotten my very first traffic ticket). It was a day of a lot of firsts! I chose to sit in a distant, but cozy corner of the library on a couch with some dingy pillows. This was a mistake, for the pipes or air ducts behind me were so loud that I could barely concentrate!
Ah, Ibsen. I could stand to read more of him.
I probably won’t ever read any of these, but somebody might find them useful.
This aerial view (above) is my favorite. I was studying in a commons area on the ground floor (pictured just above this one). Around the corner were many reference books, but I chose instead to look over the balcony into the basement to see this fantastic view.
I sought out this section because of my Culture and Politics of Motherhood class. I had read some excerpts from The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined Women by Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels (2004). I ended up checking it out so I could read the whole thing. (I still haven’t done that. I guess I will during the holiday break!)
I don’t remember this section. It was a LONG semester!
Have you read any of these books? Do you want to read any of these books?
As you can see, I did not spend an enormous amount of time in the library. My office became the place to hang out and I did most of my studying at home. It is an hour and fifteen minute drive to my university from my home, so I only went up there two days a week for my classes. Friday is the last day of finals week, and I have one more paper due. I am looking forward to turning it in, letting it go, and catching up on some much-needed sleep and READING!
I just started Cold Comfort Farm (thanks to most of you for the encouragement to do so here). When my husband saw me reading it, he said, “What are you doing?”
I replied, “Reading. For pleasure.”
His response, “What’s that?”
No kidding! What IS that? I hope to find out in the next few weeks!