The next two semesters are pretty important for me. Next August I have plans to transfer to a university but I still haven’t figured out which one yet. I’m a decent student but I need school to go really well if I’m going to transfer to a really selective school. . . While being away from blogging the past two weeks, one of the books I read was Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope. In the book, Pope profiles about forty small colleges around the country that he believes that go above and beyond to help students learn and achieve their educational goals. After reading the book, I had a list of about fifteen schools that I want to do more research on. I definitely recommend this book to students of all ages.
Every semester I take an eclectic mix of classes and this semester is no exception. So this semester I’m taking two English classes: Literature Composition and Critical Writing along with a Philosophy of Religion class. I’m on the waiting list for an accounting class and a Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion class with my favorite anthropology professor. I love to learn and I’ve found that taking classes across subjects keeps school fresh and interesting.
The title of this post is “required reading” and I wanted to give you a taste of some of the books I have to read this semester.
Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy by Matt Lawrence. Lawrence is my philosophy professor and from what I’ve learned about him so far, he’s also a huge Matrix fan.
Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco. This is an eclectic collection of essays. I haven’t read anything by Eco before so I can’t wait to start reading this. (Critical Writing)
The World’s Wisdom by Philip Novak. According to the review by Library Journal, this is a compendium of sacred texts from many of the world’s religion. I’m definitely counting this for the World Religion challenge.
West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns by Jane Tompkins. Tompkins examine the genre of Western both on-screen and in books. I’m not a big fan of westerns so we’ll see if I’m really able to read and finish this.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I know many bloggers have had a love/hate relationship with this book. I just hope I’m able to survive it. ( Lit Comp.)
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. (Critical Writing)
Now I’m off to sharpen my pencils and buy school supplies! Have you read any of the books I listed? Does any of them interesting to you?