July 4, 2013

Book Breaks

At the beginning of the year I told myself that, since school is over and assigned readings are out of the picture, I could - and would! - start catching up on my own never-ending list of books to read for pure pleasure. However, between becoming a puppy and kitten parent, job searching, and now working full-time, even halfway through the year, I haven't yet started reading as much as I would have liked. So, to change that, lately I've been finding ways to incorporate more book time into my days, sneaking it into morning and evening commutes, into work breaks, and - my favourite! - into lazy weekend afternoons. Right now, I'm making my way through three different books:

The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas. (Fiction.) I read all the Three Muskeeters books and each time I wanted more, so picking this one was a no-brainer. I enjoy it in big part because I like following the journey of these characters and seeing how time and life experiences have changed them, but also because I love reading stories that happen in different historical times. Although the book has been on my nightstand for quite a while now, whenever I do get a chance to read from it, I enjoy every minute.

Water by Marq de Villiers. (Environment.) When I wrote a project on water scarcity back in college - and did a great deal of research for it -  I came across this book and it's been on my radar ever since. I never managed to delve into it until the beginning of this year, but since then, I've been slowly making my way through it. It's going a little slower than I had expected as I find that parts of it are not quite as easy to grasp, but I'm learning a lot and I'm determined to keep going until I finish it.

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Economics.) This is another book I had on my reading list for a long time. It was recommended by one of my university professors, and I even bought it from a used book store a couple of years ago, but it sat unopened on my bookshelf until last month, when I was craving something new and different. I have barely started it, but I love it so much that it's brought back my enthusiasm for reading and I'm making my way through it faster than I have any other book in a long time. The author looks at economic data to study everyday things and to show how the world works, something that I find really interesting.

I'd love to know, what are you reading right now?

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