Views from My University Library

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.

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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!

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Ah, Ibsen.  I could stand to read more of him.

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I probably won’t ever read any of these, but somebody might find them useful.

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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.

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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!)

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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!