My Bookshelf

by Lisa Hill

It is a well-established fact that my list of books to read grows at a faster rate than my reading speed. I try to balance between books on my personal reading list and those on my professional reading list, thankfully the two overlap more often these days.

I recently read The Ice Master: The doomed 1913 voyage of the Karluk, for no better reason that I wanted to. I found this book at a used book sale and chose it based on my interest in Antarctic and Arctic exploration. Following the real life journey of 24 scientists and crew members as their ship becomes stuck in the Arctic ice north of Alaska and ultimately sinks, leaving the scientists and crew floating on the ice until they are within walking distance of a remote island, north of Siberia. While a slow read, this book came into my life at the perfect time. I was in the midst of my job search, tired of submitting applications and even more tired of repeating my same answers for each phone interview. There were days when my dramatic imagination stranded me on the Arctic ice with the scientists and crew, equating my job search to their trudging through ice and snow for hundreds of miles before reaching civilization. It was overdramatic but helpful when I was drained from submitting yet another round of applications, knowing I wouldn’t hear back from many institutions for months, if at all.

Next on my list is J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, but either Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility or Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes may jump the line. Yes, I am a Student Affairs professional and should stay abreast in both academic journals and general literature applicable to the field, but I am also an individual who needs to indulge in her favorite authors every now and again.

Do you have a longtime favorite or newfound book obsession that should be added to my list?

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