I feel like many of my [currently] posts are about what I’m reading… and that’s completely ok! I’m a fan of all things pop culture and media, but once in a while it feels good to just crack open a book and get lost in a world in which you use your imagination to create (of course, the author’s words certainly help to envision it).
As I find new ways to procrastinate my final papers and studying, my friends, Hannah and Kellyn, and I decided to stop by the Shakespeare & Co. near NYU to check out some of its deals. It’s sad to see that it’s closing soon, but my inner bookworm is squealing with delight as I can get some of the books I’ve been meaning to read at a discounted price.
Anyways, here are some of the books I picked up:
Bossypants by Tina Fey
I know, I know. This one has been out for a while now, BUT I’m finally reading it. I really loved reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), so I’m hoping that this will be just as great (and come on, it’s Tina Fey – of course it will be great).
I actually already started reading it on the subway on my way home, and I found myself smiling and trying to stifle my laughter. It’s that good.
What’s a Dog For? by John Homans
I’m a supreme animal lover. That’s no secret. I am amazed at the amount of information we continue to collect on the culture of animals. Yes, animals have a culture – of their own and how they relate to humans.
I took an Animals and the Media class in my undergraduate program at UW-Milwaukee, and it was possibly the best class I took during my time there. We analyzed how animals are represented in the media and how this affects perceptions of animals (not necessarily domestic) in the lives of humans. I swear by this – if I wasn’t going into the performing arts, I would go into the animal welfare field. Luckily for my professor, she read my final paper on the use of animals in the performing arts and the media’s portrayals of their work and performance. For me, it was the best of both worlds.
This particular book explores the world of canine culture and the issues surrounding man’s best friend. Dog lovers of the world, unite!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Ah, this has been on my watchlist for a few months now. I’ve seen it in my Instagram feed for quite some time, and I truly love the cover artwork.
This one is apparently, like Bossypants, laugh-out-loud funny. And how couldn’t it be? Maria Semple is a former writer for Arrested Development. Double win.
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I’m sure my accounting professor would be frowning knowing that I found some lovely reading material (non-balance sheet related) to occupy my time just before the final exam. And to my mom – don’t worry. Kellyn and I are studying all day long today!
What’s on your reading list? Anything I should add to my pile?