Mental Health/General Update: 2.18.17

Friends;

I am tired. You don’t understand how exhausting it is to be this close to graduation… but not graduated.

“Never-ending” to-do lists of years past have become a joke to me at this point and I really hope that over this break I’ll be able to reorient myself and figure out what all I actually need to get done.

Best wishes to you all, and I hope this semester isn’t kicking all of you down.

-Julie

Currently Reading: February 2017

To be honest, I’m not sure why I haven’t done this before because whether it’s for class or for fun, I’m almost constantly reading something. And if you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk to me about what I’m reading, or books in general, you know that I love to talk about both. In depth. And then give recommendations based on what you like or what I think you might enjoy.

The hazard of being a lit major.

At any rate, I am currently reading three (yes three) novels for class + personal use

1.Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

In their world frivolous liaisons are commonplace, but Anna and Vronsky’s consuming passion makes them a target for scorn and leads to Anna’s increasing isolation. The heartbreaking trajectory of their relationship contrasts sharply with the colorful swirl of friends and family members who surround them, especially the newlyweds Kitty and Levin, who forge a touching bond as they struggle to make a life together. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate, but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.

2.The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

3.Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan’s grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with episodes of great tragedy–and an unforgettable story of one family’s extraordinary history unfolds.

[descriptions taken from Goodreads]

Anna Karenina and The Sympathizer are both for my Lit senior seminar class, but Everything is Illuminated is for me, based on a recommendation from someone I know.

Something my mom has always said to me when she knows I’m reading multiple books at the same time is she always questions how I keep them straight. Well, it helps that all three of these books (if you couldn’t tell) are wildly different. But I’m really enjoying all of them and would 100% recommend them to others, based on whether or not they like similar stuff/that kind of writing style.

So, I guess I’ll update you on my progress in a few weeks to a month!

Until my next post,

Julie