“He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends.”

That quote is from Les Mis, one of my favorite books. I feel like sometimes the word ‘favorite’ looses its meaning with me for books because I describe a large number of books as ‘one of my favorites’. Up until about a year ago, I really disliked reading non-fiction books. Reading non-fiction was something I did in school and so whenever I got the chance to read for fun, I always chose to read fiction. The problem, I realized, was that I just hadn’t found something I was interested in enough to sit down and read a complicated non-fiction book “for fun”. Judging by the stack of books currently on my bed-table, I think I might have found a topic I am interested in… ImageEver since my internship at the National Defense University last summer I have been hooked on South Asia and the war in Afghanistan. At first I think it was the thrill of having a deeper understanding of the war that has consumed our country for over half of my lifetime and then the desire to learn more about this complicated region of the world. Someday I would like to travel to these places and maybe even make a career studying them, but for now this passionate pursuit of knowledge is just that, a passion.

Books I’ve read:

Books I am reading (I know I would get through them faster if I read them one at a time. Oh well.)

Books I want to read:

Will I ever read all of these books? Hopefully. Sometimes I think my mind isn’t big enough for so much knowledge. Then again, I have been told I have a big head (not in the figurative sense–my head is actually large). All right, back to homework.

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