TSS (July 4): Summer school

The Sunday Salon.com So this Tuesday is when my summer class starts. British fiction: humor, it’s called. It only lasts a month, but we’re doing a LOT of reading, plus writing essays and doing a FINAL and GOD I hope it’s a lot easier (and more fun) than the syllabus makes it out to be.

The books we’re reading are actually ones I’m (kinda) excited about, because LOOK at what they are:

  • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (I own this)
  • The Most of P. G. Wodehouse by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibson
  • The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
  • Changing Places by David Lodge
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (I might own this?)
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett (I own and have already read this)
  • Wise Children by Angela Carter

Fun, right? They seem like short-ish books, too, which is good because we’re reading two of them each week and as I haven’t had the best luck in keeping up with assigned reading for classes…that makes me slightly nervous. Yeah. But! I have a plan to keep me motivated! I’m going to try and post some stuff here about what we discuss in class, and maybe that’ll, uh, help? Maybe?

How do you stay motivated to keep up with assigned reading? Besides worrying about your grades, I mean.

Books read this week:
139. Medina Hill – Trilby Kent [rating: 2/5]
140. Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years – Michael Kurland (ed.) [rating: 3/5]
141. The Veiled Detective – David Stuart Davies [rating: 2/5]
142. I Am Spock – Leonard Nimoy [rating: 4/5]

Books reviewed this week:
109. The Hours – Michael Cunningham [rating: 3.5/5]
133. Around the Bloc – Stephanie Elizondo Griest [rating: 4/5]

Currently reading:
Getting a head start on class reading with Three Men in a Boat. I already know a bit about this because of watching the TV show of the same name and its numerous sequels, which recreate the events in the book. But there’s nothing like reading the source, eh? Eh?

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  1. I’m sorry but I cannot help you on the staying motivated about assigned reading part. Unfortunately for me, assigned reading for me never means novels, but always heavy non-fiction books, so this should be easier. It looks like a great list. I want to read all of those sometime.

  2. Wodehouse and Good Omens for a class? You lucky duck!

    As for motivating yourself, just read them. Put ’em in a pile and don’t let yourself read anything else until you’re done- that’s how I do it.

  3. This sounds like a great class. I just finished Dirk Gently a few days ago, so I am especially interested to hear what you think of it. I am curious about the choice of it for this syllabus, because (to me) it was so much less clearly comedic than Hitchhiker. Hm.

  4. I stayed motivated to do my assigned reading by developing a fail-safe in case I didn’t have a chance to do it. My strategy was, if I hadn’t done the assigned reading, to read one small piece of it (maybe a few pages) and think of something clever and insightful to say about that small piece. Then to make it seem like I was participating a lot in the class discussion, when someone else would say something about a part of the book I hadn’t read, I’d agree with them enthusiastically and then basically restate what they had just said, but with different words. It works like a dream. Also, it made me feel more relaxed about doing the assigned reading, and then I was more likely to actually get through it.

  5. That’s a ton of reading! I stay motivated when it comes to assigned reading by reading the books WAY before the book has been assigned. Start reading now if you can. That way when it’s time to read it, you don’t have to worry about deadlines. I’m pretty horrible about reading deadlines in general so I have to be pretty careful. Good luck!

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