So winter break is coming up soon, and by soon, I mean it’s finals week next week and I’m procrastination the shit out of my last few papers to make a post about suggested reading lists for the winter!
The list of books I personally will be reading is as follows, in no particular order except Doctor Sleep, which I will be reading hella soon because yes please:
-The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
-A Land More Kind Than Home - Wiley Cash
-Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
-Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
-Wizard and Glass - Stephen King
Here are some books I recommend others read during winter break:
-The Shining - Stephen King (Because it’s snowy as shit and who doesn’t need a little horror with their peppermint mocha?)
-Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (Read any of them if you dig some light reading mysteries and awesome awesomeness).
-The Tempest - William Shakespeare (If you need to feel somewhere warm and full of magic, and of course it has a happy ending).
-Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - Tom Stoppard (If you need a seriously good laugh and don’t mind reading drama - it’s existentially frightening and extremely hilarious).
-The Giver - Lois Lowry (If you want to have a lot of feelings. Also, an easier read and one I think everyone should have under their belt).
-A Land More Kind Than Home - Wiley Cash (Honestly, I haven’t read it yet, but I’m suggesting it to literature lovers because I’ve heard nonstop from fellow students who had to read it that it was easily the best of the semester - and I trust them).
-Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories by Lauren Groff (If you read no other short stories from this book, read “Delicate Edible Birds” because it is purely fantastic and gut-wrenching. But, really, I’m going to read the whole thing because I’ve read snippets of others, and what she does with short story-telling is just magic).
-Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (Because I suggest this book every single time I talk about other books no matter the context).
So there you go! You didn’t ask for it, but you got it. A suggested reading list from yours truly because I like to read and I think people who like to read should get some stuff thrown their way besides what’s currently “flying off the shelves” as they say.
I got a thing. Need the second one.
But please excuse me while I rant about one of the tattoos I’ve wanted for forever.
I’ll need to find a place that actually does tattooing as an art instead of just some decent line work which is all I’ve needed before.
I want a tower. A rose. A gun. A wheel. The word “ka.” And as the background or below, the quote:
"Will you drink to the earth, and to the days which have passed upon it? Will you drink to the fullness which was, and to friends who have passed on? Will you drink to good company, well met?"
The tattoo will be on my left thigh, with the gun ideally where Roland’s would have been. It may be that I get the gun and other parts on the left thigh and the other aspects on my right thigh. I haven’t decided yet, but that’s okay because I don’t have the money yet, plus I have to wait until I graduate because that would be almost impossible to hide from my mother.
This series changed my life. If I had been born maybe 15 years ago it could have been me writing these concordances. Which would have been the best job ever - like seriously, Stephen King’s research assistant? Yes, please. But it’s kind of given me a clearer view of the kind of thing I could be doing in the future. Research, immersing myself in worlds that I love beyond reality, sharing it with others. Seems like something I could do. Definitely seems like something I would do.
My dad and I have been going to a local used bookstore called “The Bookshelf.” We’ve only been in a few times, but we spoke about the fact that I’d likely own my own used book store one day. That seems like a dream. If I could do that, I’d be in utter bliss.
A flowchart of Stephen King’s universe.
Oh my god THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING.
Except that it excludes Dark Tower, which actually can be integrated into this if one tried. And I saw a typo. BUT I DON’T EVEN CARE.
Also, LOL at there always being a psychotic town selectman.
This is one of the only times I have ever considered getting a tattoo that I have seen online.
“Ka is a wheel; its one purpose is to turn. The spin of ka always brings us back to the same place, to face and reface our mistakes and defeats until we can learn from them. When we learn from the past, the wheel continues to move forward, towards growth and evolution. When we don’t, the wheel spins backward, and we are given another chance. If once more we squander the opportunity, the wheel continues its rotation towards devolution, or destruction.”
Ka is an image from The Dark Tower series by Stephen King; I cannot put into words how much I appreciate these books. They were the first books to actually change my life.
The quote is from Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance by Robin Furth.
I will occupy my time with you reading the following:
Notes From the Underground and The Double - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Who could depict what was in my own mind at any point in time)
Amusing Ourselves To Death - Neil Postman
Under the Dome - Stephen King (I feel like I started this forever ago)
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (again)
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Paradise Lost - John Milton
I WILL read you.