Saturday, 5 April 2014

So I've Become a Bookworm...

I've never really been a big reader. Sure, I've done the dash with Harry Potter and plenty of other series of the like. I've had the odd times when I've really given a book a good flogging, reading it in a single day. This has never been, however, a long-standing pattern. Normally, I run out of steam and distract myself with easier things (=TV).

Lately, however, I've been reading a lot. Despite an insanely busy timetable at Uni, this is probably the most I've read in my life. Since the start of semester (five weeks ago), I've read a number of books. Those I can remember:

  • 100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
  • The Latham Diaries (Mark Latham)
  • Billionaires and Battlers (Andrew Leigh)
  • 1984 (George Orwell)
  • Take Your Best Shot (Jacqueline Kent)
  • Mother Tongue (Bill Bryson)
  • Fabric of the Cosmos  (Brian Greene)
  • Not Dead Yet (Mark Latham et al.)
Most of these books have been non-fiction, with the exception of 100 Years of Solitude (which is dreadful by the way). A few of them have, particularly, concerned the politics of inequality and how to prevent it, and also why it's necessary to prevent it (The Latham Diaries, Billionaires and Battlers, Not Dead Yet all concern this topic). In many ways, this reading has mobilised my thoughts on this matter and have brought up latent feelings of distress about it. This is a really emotional matter for me, and I'm glad that these book have helped to inspired that emotion. I also feel as though my thinking and, in particular, my opinions are becoming more set on these matters. No doubt, they will continue to change as they learn more, but I feel as though I'm more confident in these areas, I understand them better and can now validate my instincts about these topics with facts.

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