For some reason spring break was only 10 days this year, as opposed to the usual 14. I wasn’t sure whether to be grateful or not – on one hand, it meant less time sitting around in my office. On the other hand, it gave me less time to finish everything that I was planning to do while school was out. Although I didn’t get all my flashcards laminated, I did file my taxes, clean my desks and finish three books (admittedly, one of which was started well before break). Overall, I’d say it was a pretty productive spring break.
One of the downsides to reading so much in such a short amount of time (I polished off a couple of NYers, too) is that I burned out to the point of not being able to write about any of it (you might be thinking this is actually an upside…). Writing The Satanic Verses post was a bit of a stretch and these other two are just going to have to make do with an honorary mention:
Title: The Rule of Four
Authors: Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Synopsis: Ostensibly this book is about two students at Princeton trying to unlock the secrets of a book called the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. This is evidently a real book that has real scholars completely baffled. What I ended up taking away from the book was something about the liberal arts experience, the ensuing Odyssey Years and the friends that stick with you through it all.
Quote: “The delicious futility of impossible tasks is the catnip of overachievers.” 306
To Think About: One character asks another character to imagine that the future is a reflection of the present and that we are standing in front of a mirror, which shows the future reflected behind us. Some think that in order to see the future more clearly, they should turn and face it directly. However, since they are no longer facing the mirror, they can no longer see themselves in the future and feel lost.
Title: Watership Down
Author: Richard Adams
Synopsis: Epic odyssey of bunnies.
This Book In A Word: Charming
A Word Or Two: So rabbits are pretty fierce. Apparently they attack cats and are the size of seagulls. It might be more fitting than I previously realized that Kat is a leporiphile and that she was born in the year of the rabbit. Not that she attacks cats or is as big as a seagull or anything. She’s actually quite a bit bigger than a seagull and she stopped attacking the cats when they got too tired to run from her. *ahem* Rabbits are not only fierce, they are secure enough in their ferocity that they don’t feel the need to prove it to anyone by having “tough” or even “masculine” names. Examples of names of male rabbits are as follows: Hazel, Dandelion, Strawberry, Holly, Laurel.