In the past two and a half years, I’ve been a student at two different universities. I read less books during my first semester at Sagrado than any other semester. So to keep myself motivated to read this semester, I set myself some goals. One of them was to read a few specific books, which is what I’m going to be talking about in this post. There are three books I would like to read before the semester ends.
The first book I want to read this semester is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This National Book Award finalist has a confusing premise but from what I can gather, it’s an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic story following a theater troupe. The GoodReads summary says, “Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame and the beauty of the world as we know it.” This is different from what I usually read, which is why I’m excited to read it soon.
The second book I want to read is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson. The summary of this classic story calls it a “science-fiction case study of the nature of good and evil and the duality that can exist within one person.” I read a graphic novel version of this story several years ago, and I’ve been interested in reading the actual book ever since. I find the concept to be fascinating and want to consume the story in its original form.
The third and last book I know for sure I want to read this semester is Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Falling Kingdoms is the first installment in a six-book fantasy series that came to a conclusion early this year. It appears to be a politically-driven story about three kingdoms that might soon enter a war. This is the book I am less excited to read; I’ve owned it for about two and a half years. By now, I’ve lost most of the interest I had in it. However, I own multiple books in the series, so I want to give it a try. The reason I want to read it this semester is because I feel like if I don’t read it soon, I probably never will.
Those are the three books I want to read this semester. I definitely want to read more books than that, but I’m keeping this list at three books to keep the experience stress-free. Do you want to read any books this year? If so, feel free to leave a comment saying which one(s) you want to read!