The Summer of Playing Catch Up Has Come and Gone!

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Well, I haven’t blogged much this summer which has made me really sad because I enjoy it and the only reason I haven’t is that I’ve been so busy. Now that I have time I will share some of my summer plans that I had wanted to accomplish before time slipped through my fingers. I have accumulated a list of books I wanted to read this summer but I have yet to get around to doing much of that so hopefully, I can start this sooner rather than later.

Summer was made for reading and that is all I wanted to do. I have slowly created a large list of books that I wanted to read. It may have been unrealistic to think that I could read all of them but I would have liked to finish one or two of them. So in honor of those, I will share the wide range of books that I wish I could have finished or even started for that matter.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by: Phillip K. Dick

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Now this one is actually more recent on my list due to a TV show I was watching. In the show they kept referencing the works of various authors like Dick that wrote about dystopian futures for the human race. The book was also the inspiration for the classic movie Blade Runner, which is about humanoid robots, that you can’t tell apart from humans, are banned from the Earth and decided to fight back. The book is very similar, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending humans off-planet. The ones who stayed coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep and even humans. Rick Deckard struggles as a bounty hunter in San Francisco to destroy a new breed of androids nearly undetectable to humans. However, he finds himself battling with empathy for the supposed lifeless beings when he has to team up with one. Dick mixes fantasy and philosophy in his works and has much more that I would love to immerse myself in.

Along with this book I also would have liked to re-read Feed by M.T. Anderson because that book also depicted a dystopian future where there was a computer system installed in everyone’s brains that categorized their thoughts and desires. Talking about dystopian futures brings me to the next book or genre of books on my list.

Classics

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If I listed all of the classics I really want to get done we would be here for months. I have the longest list of classic books that I feel that I need to read and understand and for some reason that list is getting bigger and bigger. Some big authors I want to either read more of or get into are George Orwell, Oscar Wilde and of course Shakespeare and other authors that are not as widely acknowledged. I really want to get more into the books that changed the ways of thinking and ones that challenged the beliefs of their time. I got a small dose of this in a college course I took but it only fueled my interest in older books.

The next book could fall in the line of classics but I feel the need to separate because this one isn’t as common as The Great Gatsby or 1984.

The Alchemist by: Paulo Coelho

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I am really excited to get into this book because I am a sucker for cheesy life stories. The Alchemist is the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who wants to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found due to a recurring dream. From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens along life’s path, and to follow our dreams.

Dharma Punx by Noah Levine

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I don’t usually enjoy reading books that are like a biography or things that discuss spirituality, mostly western, but this book caught my eye and I do enjoy reading about eastern religions. This is the story of a young man and a generation of angry youths who rebelled against their parents in the sixties. Noah Levine’s search for meaning led him first to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. But the search didn’t end there. Having clearly seen the uselessness of drugs and violence, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as the lies of society. Levine now used the energy from his anger and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion. As Levine delved deeper into Buddhism, he chose not to reject the punk scene and integrated the two worlds as a catalyst for transformation. This story is about maturing, and how a hostile and lost generation is finally finding its footing.

I can’t wait to get into these many books plus the other millions of lists of books I have to read. Anywhere from the list of 100 books you should read before you die to the many lists of banned books. Reading is the best way to expand your knowledge and get a little break away from life’s little trials and tribulations. I hope you keep reading even though I haven’t been as posting as often as usual.

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~ by Sydney Erickson on August 12, 2013.

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