University Reading

So my academic year kicked back in full last Monday which is fun but doesn’t leave as much time as I would like for reading outside of the course materials. It’s also the last semester of my Children’s Literature sub-major which makes me a little bit sad. The best thing about uni by far has been these courses.

I’m finishing up with a whole course on fantasy, probably my favourite genre. Given that my lecturer’s tastes run similar to my own, I wasn’t expecting the reading list to be full with books I don’t own but, since I love having new books to read, it’s hardly a problem. In particular I was surprised at the lack of Tamora Pierce work on the list given the number of conversations we’ve had about how awesome she is. (SPOILERS: Tamora Pierce is totally awesome.)

Anyway, this is what my next 14 weeks are looking like at the moment:

The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy and The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan (Couldn’t decide between these two so I got both.)
Blaze of Glory – Michael Pryor
Foundling – D.M. Cornish (A hometown author!)
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Dragonkeeper – Carole Wilkinson
His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
Truckers – Terry Pratchett
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

I’m cheating a little as I’ve read almost half of the books on this list already but it’s always interesting to go back and read them from a new perspective. I reread The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton last year with much trepidation since I loathed it in high school but I really enjoyed it the second time around. I think it helped that University Mhairi has a lot more understanding of the 1960s than Year 9 Mhairi did.