The semester is starting up again this week, and I find the thing I will miss the most (after sleep) is being able to read any book just for fun.
As any college student knows, leisure reading becomes a thing of the past when classes start for a multitude of reasons. I am an English major, so I usually have about 150 pages to read a night... And sometimes, that is just for one class! Then there are classes with homework, part-time jobs, greek life, and other organizations that students are a part of that take up their time. Reading the latest Sarah Dessen or John Green book, sadly, does not really become a priority during this time.
I am really hoping this changes once I enter the Real Adult World of Being a Responsible Adult. People have assured me it does, but sometimes you lose a little hope when midterms and essays loom on the horizon.
My older sister was also an English major (which is a little funny because our parents are both engineers), and she used to read manga during the semester as a way to unwind. She found them to be really quick reads, and she used to reward herself for completing papers early by going to Barnes and Noble to pick up a few of them. I think this is a great idea, but I prefer to read them online to avoid city traffic. Not even a cup of tea and an Agatha Christie novel will calm me down from the mess of it.
While I may not have time to choose my own readings this semester, I am looking forward to my literature classes. I am taking a class with my favorite professor on contemporary fiction, and I am pretty sure I have not read most of the books for the class yet. I am pretty excited about it, but I know I will miss reading less heavy things while I am knee deep in The Painted Drum.
Do any of you have any tricks to get in some leisure reading when your schedule is hectic? I would love to hear them!