Please note: this post was scheduled. Unfortunately, posts will be temporarily on hold due to the fires in Lake County. My family is safe, but we are dealing with the loss of our home and taking care of things. Keeping everyone affected by this tragedy in my thoughts.
First off, this is apparently my 100th post! Woot – go me and thanks for reading. *bows*
Having graduated four months ago, I’ve been soaking up the privilege of having time to read whatever I want. But that’s not to say that I didn’t read some great books in college! I’m borrowing this idea from Megan at Hepburn’s Pixie Crop, who recently shared her favorite college course reads. Thanks, Megan!
I majored in Art History, with an emphasis mainly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Unfortunately, we don’t do a lot of fiction reading in Art History so instead, I’m listing my favorite reads from my general ed literature and humanities courses. In Part 2, I’ll share my favorite non-fiction Art History books!
5 Star Books! These are the books I absolutely loved and was so happy to have been forced to read.
- Half-Inch Himalayas, Agha Shahid Ali – 5 Stars (American Ethnic Lit)
- The Book of Saladin, Tariq Ali – 5 Stars (Middle Eastern Humanities)
- Cool Gray City of Love, Gary Kamiya – 5 Stars (History of San Francisco)
- Four Immigrants Manga, Henry Kiyama – 5 Stars (History of San Francisco)
4 Star Books! These books were nearly perfect, though not quite in one way or another. Some were a bit heavy, others a bit lightweight. But all were surprising reads I might not have otherwise read on my own.
- The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan – 4 Stars (American Ethnic Lit)
- Bartleby, the Scrivener, Herman Melville – 4 Stars (Lit Critical Thinking)
- The Caliph’s House, Tahir Shah – 4 Stars (Middle Eastern Humanities)
- Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad – 4 Stars (Middle Eastern Humanities)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie – 4 Stars (Teen Development)
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan – 4 Stars (History of San Francisco)
- Wide Open Town, Nan Boyd – 4 Stars (History of San Francisco)
3 Stars and Lower… These were the books I wasn’t as enthused about. They can’t all be hits, right?
- Into the Forest, Jean Hegland (Lit Critical Thinking)
- Imperial San Francisco, Gray Brechin (History of San Francisco)
- Season of the Witch, David Talbot (History of San Francisco)
In Part Two, I’ll be sharing my favorite academic-oriented books from my college days!