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If you tend toward books (and if you don't at least somewhat, the odds of you being an LJ devotee to whatever degree are pretty slim), then it's a good bet that you've got a number of books that really resonated with you, often to the extent of informing your development as a person and your view of the world. These are not always classics of literature. Often they are, viewed objectively, really deeply awful books. That's not the point. The point is that they were the right (or wrong, nothing says they had to have a positive influence) thing for you to read at the right time, and they stayed with you in a meaningful way.

The number of these varies, but most people if queried can come up with three of them. One or more of them were likely encountered between the ages of 11 and 13, and may have been the first "grown up" book you read. Beyond that, I can't think of any set pattern, and even those may just be a coincidental cluster of data points. Nonetheless, I'm newly fascinated by this question and I wish to ask it here.

Help me out then, my friends. Name your top three core texts. If you wish to include age when encountered, positive or negative influence, general summary of the text, or type of influence it exerted on you, that would be likewise awesome. I wanna know about YOU! And books! Humor me. :)
eurydicebound: (bleed words)
Went in today to the latest job prospect and took my editing and proofreading tests. Got to meet some people and was told that the potential manager had been telling people about me, so that's a good sign. I found out there are three people taking the tests, but I'm the first one to get them all back in. I should know next week one way or the other. I know I did well on the tests, though. It was good work.

I've gotten way behind on my reading for classes. I'm mostly treading water for Honors English, but I'm really falling back on my work for the Epic Tradition, even though the reading for that is technically less. Ostensibly I have the days between classes to catch up on reading and prep for papers, but I'm not actually doing it. Instead I'm picking up kids and running errands and cleaning my house. Don't get me wrong, the house needs the help and the errands... well, if they involve getting a job, I'm all about it. I'm just realizing that I'm not making the grade, and that my weekend hours are now going to be taken up quite a bit with the part-time job doing moderation for an online kids' game that I just landed. I can absolutely use the money no matter what, so I don't see myself giving this up for some time to come, but it's going to eat into my time for homework, no question. I can make it up by not being social, but then that's me not being social. Yeah. That'll work, really.

Go in tomorrow for my final academic advising appointment before enrolling for my last quarter. Pick my classes not long thereafter, too. One more quarter after this and I'm done. Four more months and I'm done. Well, assuming I don't get into grad school, anyway. And even then, I'm at least done for the summer. But... the idea of possibly not having classes and homework and whatnot... it's almost a foreign idea at this point. The word "done" does not compute. :) Also, I found out that my undergraduate honors thesis is, ideally, supposed to be an extension of the papers we write in one of the first two quarters. This is... well, can be useful, I guess. But my plan for my thesis was something else entirely. I could still do that, but I'll have to seriously hustle to get that dealt with, as "first drafts" of the first 5-7 pages are due really early on.

My plan was to do a paper that dealt with the changes to the family state of the Gothic novel over time, how it progressed from the initial patriarchal, nuclear family of traditional sane people (albeit with their own, um... well, eccentricities sometimes or occasionally missing family members) that disintegrated into dysfunction. Over time, though, greater and greater levels of dysfunction crept into the initial stages of the family setting, until the modern day Gothic novel of Gothic-derived fiction often has no obvious family creche as its starting point, instead using a constructed or obviously stunted "family" as the origin point, from which things devolve. I know this is awesome and means something, I just have to find a good way of stating what that is.

On the other hand, I could just use the Wieland paper again and have done with it. It's already 15 pages long. Another five wouldn't be that big a deal, even if I'm having to add more sources or look at something more deeply. I could save the examination of the Gothic novel thingy for later, or possibly shift it to the theme of "castles by any other name" and examine the changing role of houses in these books over the decades and still save it for later.... I dunno. And I have a group project or two and another unrelated paper to write first. It's not something I have to decide right now, no matter what. It's just productive to not wait until the last minute.

Anyway. That's some of what's going on today. Lots of stuff. *vague handwaving*


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