Holy Moly! Six blogs posts in 2011. I’m quite ashamed of that number and have been hiding from my blog on purpose lately to avoid seeing that. I do have a great excuse though…I’ve just been way too busy. I started a master’s program in May of last year. Let me tell you that school hasn’t gotten any easier or less demanding in the 8 years since I graduated from NAU. In fact, I would say that this program is even more demanding on my time. However, I really love what I’m studying which is vastly different than how I felt about my undergrad degree. I was never a typical business major and only studied marketing because I had a desire to open up a hemp store. Alas, I realized that I don’t have a huge interest in owning a business so that dream has been reexamined and tossed aside. What I should have studied way back then (and what I did start out studying) was English Literature. If there is one thing in life that I can (and do) spend hours of my time doing and never find myself bored…it is reading. So, this time around I’ve decided to study something I’m interested in. The authors that write the type of literature that I tend to gravitate toward are female international writers. I find that I relate easier to a woman’s experience (go figure!) and that I love learning about the world, history, and culture through the medium of literature. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found an online program that seemed tailor-made for me. I’m now studying for a master’s degree in Multicultural and Transnational Literature…and I LOVE it!
However all the time that I’ve been devoting to my studies leaves little time for other things such as writing a blog. Jason suggested that I post the papers I write for my classes on my blog. While that would be a very good use of my time, I didn’t think that would really be interesting to anyone else. Instead I thought I would post a list of my favorite books that I’ve read so far in the program. Hopefully you can check out one or two of them!
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
Let the Dead Bury Their Dead by Randall Kenan
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
When Living was a Labor Camp by Diana Garcia
Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing by DArina Al-Joundi