Well, the college sent out a big ol’ packet of goodness for the upcoming January sessions and as I expected there’s a bit of panic worked into the excitement. Just one look at the schedule for the last session left me wondering if I’d have to schedule in time to breathe. I’m sure it’s just that shock of the new and unknown thing.
There were also a couple of reading lists. Not really required reading although “100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know” makes it a hard list to ignore. Everyone, not just students of children’s literature. And can I take “should know” to mean the same thing it does in Hirsch’s Cultural Literacy books where a familiarity with a title or concept is good enough?
I did what probably hundreds more before me have done: I counted the number of titles I could safely say I have read and remembered. That last part is essential because in cases like this in the past I have discovered that there are books I have forgotten but will suddenly remember by cover or by the first page. One of the downsides of age, the deep memory archives grow to that point that you begin to feel you’re living the cliche of having forgotten more than you’ll ever remember.
46. Almost half. That’s not too bad. They’re picture books, so I can pretty much pick up the remaining titles in short order. Then it’s on to “100 Books That Shaped the Century.” Fortunately there’s some overlap between the lists. Unfortunately these books tend to be longer. Fortunately they’re only recommended. Unfortunately that isn’t how my brain works.
Time to revise the TBR reading list.