September has not been as challenging as I feared. I think October and November are likelier to offer challenges to the schedule. Still, my face is buried in journal articles and textbooks, and I’ve failed to complete reading more than ten books this month.
Perhaps what gets me down (to continue the lament from last month) is that I won’t achieve my initial 2018 reading goal. That is, the intent to read 26 books in non-English languages. I started off strong and managed a few rather lengthy books in Norwegian, Icelandic, French, Russian and Swedish. But not quite 26. As each month ticks by, and I stuff my brain with English-language book after English-language book, however technical and specialized they may be, I come to terms with the realization that I am not going to get to 26, even if I reach the almost out-of-reach 365 books overall for the year.
How is it October, with its oppressive greeting of wind and darkness, already?
Thoughts on reading for September:
I only managed two books for “fun”: Wallace Stegner‘s The Big Rock Candy Mountain and Driss Chraïbi‘s Le passé simple – both while milling around airports and sitting on planes, so I don’t think I got as much out of either as I would have liked. That said, I enjoyed Stegner, but not as much as I have enjoyed his other work.
I didn’t read as much or in the same way as I normally do, so I can’t really follow the same format as in previous months. I can’t say whether I recommend or like anything I read because most of it was required reading and necessary for comprehension of specific topics that won’t appeal to a broader “audience” (again, I know there’s no “audience” for this, but still…). So here, instead, is a chronicle of what I am/have been reading.
What I’m reading
*Psychology: The Science Of Mind And Behaviour – Nigel Holt et al
*Understanding Global Development Research. Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections – Crawford, Kruckenberg, Loubere, Morgan (eds)
*Psychology – Miles Hewstone
*An Introduction to Social Psychology – Hewstone, Stroebe, Jonas
*Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology – Brybaert, Rastle
*Modern Psychology: A History – Schultz & Schultz
*An Introduction to Developmental Psychology – Slater, Bremner
…and an innumerable list of academic/professional journal articles in development studies, psychology, identity, feminist theory and so many other topics…
My brain, at least, is full.