If you’re read pretty much any post I’ve written that’s not a review, I probably mention being in college. I’m a college senior, and it’s a big part of my life, especially right now as I’m approaching graduation. I actually graduate exactly two months from today, on May 18th.
I tend to measure my life through books. I remember where I was when reading a book for the first time, and what books got me through the rough patches in my life. So, two months prior to graduation, I thought it only fitting to think about the books I read through college and what they meant. Some of them, of course, were just entertainment, but often books become something more to me: a keepsake of what I was doing and who with.
Freshman year was by far the hardest year of college; new adjustments, moving to a town where I didn’t know anyone after living in the same small town all my life, etc. I hadn’t quite figured out how to balance college reading and fun reading, so I don’t think I read hardly anything this year, except Harry Potter. I must have read the entire series at least 3 times over the course of the school year. Since then, it’s been a bit of a tradition for me to read Harry Potter over spring break, but freshman year in particular I devoured the books like I was reading them for the first time.
Sophomore year was the year I decided to get serious about reading again. I missed it so much. Halfway through the year, I made a new year’s resolution to read 50 books in 2011, and it was just what I needed to jump-start my love for reading again. Some of the stand-outs from that year? A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Hunger Games, and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
Junior year was probably my favorite year of college. Things really started clicking. I learned how to manage my time much better and as a result, my grades improved and I had more time to do the things I loved. Some of my favorite reads were A Fall from Grace, Bird by Bird, and Traveling Mercies. This was also the year of nonfiction for me.
I’ve read a LOT of books this year, mainly because I’m taking less hours to finish my degree and have a lot more free time. It’s hard to tell at the moment which reads I’ll remember as being “senior year” reads in particular since I’m still in the middle of this year, but if I had to guess I would say Divergent, Unwind, If I Stay, and Cinder would easily make the list.