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August 29, 2013

Teen Board: Narrowing Down Your Books: The Great Decision

By Cara S.

The problem with dorm rooms is space. While packing for my first year at Ohio State, I came across the dilemma that I could not possibly bring all my books with me. I would just have to choose. Should I bring the books I love best or those that are most meaningful to me? Or should I bring those that actually might be useful in school?

The first thing I decided must go is my collection of mythology books. I have been slowly adding on since about freshman year and they now take up a whole shelf of space. Need a basic grasp on mythology to understand all those allusions in lit class? Try DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MYTHOLOGY by Kenneth C. Davis. It is easy to understand and covers a pretty wide range of cultures. Then into the box came TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and a few other battered classics. These were books I could see myself rereading or personal favorites (see my classics blog post). I needed something from the modern age so in came THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO which remains a favorite for its interesting characters, social issues and writing. I will warn that this book is probably for upper high school students at the least, though.

Then came the sad task of finding storage for the ones I would not be able to bring (My dad suggested the attic and I countered with somewhere not completely dirty and/or disgusting) and more pondering over books. Unfortunately, my little sister had already laid claim to the family copy of the Harry Potter series, so I was left without any of those: a true pity. The aforementioned sister also “borrowed” a painting from my packing boxes before I left, which I suspect to never see again. You have to love siblings. Back on topic: I added my pocket Constitution (don’t judge) and a chemistry textbook from my high school class that I bought for a dollar when they decided to update the curriculum. Last came the Ohio State summer reading book which was THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman, a fictional book about an anonymous contest to design a 9/11 memorial where a Muslim is chosen as the winner. Plus I also threw in my Lord of the Rings DVDS, which are great movies based off the even better book series by J. R. Tolkien.

I was done, my bookshelf was shockingly bare, and no tears were shed. All in all, I would call that successful packing.