I shouldn’t really be blogging right now. I should be doing other things. But, in fact, I’m so crunched for time that I don’t feel like I ever get anything done. I read a really good (and short) article on how if your to-do lists don’t fit on a post-it note, they are too long. The things I need to do can in no way ever possibly fit on a post-it note. Anyway, this is neither interesting nor relevent to my post other than the fact that it emphasizes how there are a lot of things I wish I could do. More specifically, I wish I could read more. All of the reading I’m doing for my course work is taking away from the books I would actually like to read.
1. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
I recently read The Old Man and the Sea, also by Hemingway, and I absolutely loved it, hence my interest in reading more of his work. I never thought I would like Hemingway’s style of writing, but having read the two first chapters of Fiesta I can say I’m still interested. As long as I don’t have to read the whole thing while standing in Waterstones.
2. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Stumbled upon this book while doing market research for my New Product Development project. An excerpt from the description on Amazon.com says,
“Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic—a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption—and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.”
I’ve got a media studies background and this book just sounds like PURE GOLD. I seriously cannot wait until I have the time.
3. Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica
Originally heard about this book via Tor Books’ blog. The author wrote a really interesting post about her involvement and the process behind the covers. It was good to hear Dellamonica’s opinion on it. I don’t know where the link it has gone now, but you can read the excerpt of the actual book here. It’s basically about a woman, Astrid, who moves into her father’s house after he dies. There she discovers a stream of magic that runs into the house. As happens, the magic is used to do trivial things, until she discovers the power of it… And, well, I don’t make it sound too awesome, but it sounds good to me! Guess I need to work on my blurb-writing skills.
4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Annoyingly I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since the end of August. I’ve wanted to read it for years, but it’s always getting pushed out of the way. Until, finally, I found a free copy of it in Cheltenham for some Big Read event that was going on at the time. It’s not light enough reading to enjoy during coursework though, so it’ll probably stay on my shelf until I get a bit of downtime. Maybe April? Well, I can dream anyway.
5. The Graphic Design Exercise Book by Carolyn Knight and Jessica Glaser
Okay, this is on the list because every list needs five items to round it out. It’s not so much a for-reading book as it is a for-using book. It offers a lot of activities for wanna-be graphic designers for me. I just want the time to play around with Photoshop and InDesign a bit. Is that too much to ask— oh, I have to do that for my magazine prototype AND my major project? Maybe I will hold off on the fun for a while.
Annnnd those are the five books I wish I could have the time to read right now. Or the money to buy. But it’s back to the salt mines of New Product Development now.
What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Or are there any I should add to my very-short-list?