This is the time of year when I start looking towards the end of the semester and the all-too-brief period I’ll have to relax and do a bit of reading for fun. (And yes, I do realize that I am blessed to have that time, which people in many other professions do not have — but I want more! More, I tell you!) So here are some books I want to read or re-read this coming holiday season:

  • Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger
  • Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era (re-read)
  • Brian Boyd’s two-volume biography of Vladimir Nabokov
  • Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (re-read)
  • Jacques Ellul, The Presence of the Kingdom
  • poems of C. P. Cavafy

I may change my mind and not read any of those — I believe in reading at Whim — but right now those are the ones calling my name.

By the way, I recently read Roger Scruton’s How to Think Seriously About the Planet and will present some thoughts in the coming days. At least I hope to.