Back to School Reading

September 1, 2010 at 12:00 am 2 comments

Ah, September. Breathe in that crisp, autumnal air! Break out the straight edges and calculators! And, best of all, crack open some books!

Even if you’re not going back to school this fall, there is something about September that still echoes of the days when you did. (See: “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.”) But if you are heading back, here are three books that never fail to get me back in the mood to do some serious learning:

1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Nothing makes me want to do some hard-core research and write the best history paper of my life like reading this book. Yes, it has vampires, too, but it’s more about scholarly integrity and research methods, don’t you think?

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This one will get you pumped to buy school supplies (as if I needed the prompting) AND do your homework! Hermione Granger inspires me to not only do the required reading but make sure I do all the reading. As in, read the entire library just in case anything comes up in class.

3. Almost any book about books
This entire genre inspires me to keep on reading for class in hopes of one day, just maybe, be as well-read as the authors. Anne Fadiman is obviously reigning overlord of this genre, so start with all of Ex Libris and then check out her essay on Charles Lamb in At Large and At Small. (Also helpful if you’re going away somewhere to school is her essay in At Large and At Small about moving house.)

And if you want the full multimedia experience, listen to “We’re Going to Be Friends” by the White Stripes and watch some season 1 “Gilmore Girls.” You’ll be all geared up in no time.

Do you have any recommendations for getting back in the school groove? Share them below!



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The Magus by John Fowles On Beauty by Zadie Smith

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  • 1. Kate  |  September 1, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Aw, what a great post! I’d also add On Beauty by Zadie Smith and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, both of which I will be reviewing here shortly!

    And yes, Season 1 of Gilmore Girls always gets me in the back-to-school spirit.

    (Side note — did you know we have ads on our pages now? When did that happen?)

    • 2. Corey  |  September 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been pondering reading On Beauty so I look forward to your review!

      (Seriously! And it’s only on certain posts…what up?!)


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