Let’s talk about something that I’m apparently quite good at: procrastination. I’ve been meaning to write a new column about my (bookish) life for months now. But as it turns out, the last time I actually did that was back in July, right before my vacation to Croatia and Bosnia.

All I can say is I’m sorry and yes, it’s all my fault. However, lots of stuff did happen in the past six months which can best be described as a whirlwind, or a rollercoaster or… I can’t find more metaphors, but I guess you got the gist of what I’m trying to say. Nothing too bad, but I did have some Oprah-worthy aha-moments and learned that it’s okay to follow my gut.

Did I read anything in these months? Oh yes I did! Unfortunately not as much books that I wanted to read for myself. However, I did read many that were mandatory. If you’re wondering why, well here’s why: as of September I’m officially a student again! If I’m remembering correctly, I did tell you back in the day when I was still writing stuff about my (bookish) life that I (think I) want to be a teacher. So that’s what I’m doing now, trying to become a teacher! It’s fun, and overwhelming, and I should be studying for an exam right now. Instead I’m procrastinating (the famous word!) and writing this piece at the moment.

So yes, lots of studying! And although I don’t get to read enough of the books that are on my TBR-pile, I did (re)discover many awesome books for my studies! I’m reading Artemis Fowl at the moment for my youth literature course, a book that I bought when I was twelve and never finished because I didn’t like it. Luckily after fourteen (!) years, I decided to give this shiny book (my edition is very sparkly and glittery, ha) another chance, and I love it. So yay for old books that I thought I disliked!

I’ll quit rambling for now, since I really have to go back to my studies (correction: I still have to start, oops). But before I do this I’ll give you three book tips that you can add to your TBR-pile that are (one way or the other) about teachers.

1. The Uncoupling – Meg Wolitzer
2. Tampa – Alissa Nutting
3. Love May Fail – Matthew Quick

One little disclaimer: please don’t think that I’m striving to be like any of the teachers in my recommendations, especially not the main character in Tampa. But, if you are planning to read the latter, try to read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita again. It can be quite interesting and fun to analyse and compare these books! Right, the teacher in me has spoken. Off to my studies now.


Maritza Dubravac was Bored to Death's very first columnist. She writes about her life as a bookseller, hosts the YA book club with us and is a mean cook. She also writes for Books & Bubbles, Hebban.nl about books and even dabbles in food writing as an editor for Nadelunch.com.

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