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Feb 7 by

The other day my Russian professor went off on a tangent about Anna Karenina. Our conversation made me think about all the amazing books I read during high school and how much I miss having an English curriculum now! In fact, at one point in my young life I thought I might major in English (I still secretly dream of becoming a writer — publishing a book is on my bucket list!), but fate had a different plan for me. Nevertheless, I absolutely adore classic literature and my Russian professor’s comments got me daydreaming a list of books I would like to read or re-read when I find some time (got any to spare??). In no particular order, here is my list:

1. Old School – Tobias Wolff (I loved reading this book! I read it in ninth or tenth grade and I just remember being so enamored by the culture and the homage the tale pays to laudable literature.)

2. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (Such a good book! Plath is an artist and I can’t get enough of her. This novel sucks you in and you are Ester Greenwood, Sylvia’s semi-autobiographical protagonist. Agg! Such a good read!)

3. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (Despite being a Russian language minor and having a father who is obsessed with all things Slavic, I have never read this book. I guess it has always been too long and daunting and I wanted to be old enough to truly appreciate the story. Now I know I’m old enough and I just need to make the time… I’m still going to read it in English though.)

4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (No words. It’s an obsession, as seen herehere, and here. Say you’re a fan of Fitzgerald and I’m a fan of you!)

5. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger (MY.ALL.TIME.FAVORITE.BOOK.EVER. Salinger is a god. If Fitzgerald is the world, Salinger is the universe. I don’t even know how to begin to describe my love for this novel. I love it. I am in love with it.)

6. 1984 – George Orwell (I’ve been having a lot of conversations with my friends about dystopias recently (don’t ask why…) and I’ve been craving some classic 1984-lovin’. I once wrote a dystopian short story in high school… it was pretty good!)

7. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin (I have a confession: I’ve never read a novel by Jane Austin before. Ok! I’m sorry! It’s embarrassing, I know. I have to get on it ASAP)

So many stories, so little time! What is on your reading list right now? Any recommendations??

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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!

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