So, in my quest to determine exactly what I’m going to pack before I pack it, I’m deciding what books I am going to bring with me when I move into my dorm. This is no easy undertaking, seeing as how dorms are incredibly tiny, and I have quite a lot of books that I love.
This is when I have to make difficult decisions. So far, I’ve come up with four categories, into which I will sort the books I’m going to bring. If a book doesn’t fit into any category, it stays home. Obviously, I have to have the desire to bring a book at all before I determine whether it fits the criteria for each category, but that’s not a super difficult process; some books are much more important to me than others.
The four categories I’ve come up with are: comfort, class, confidence, and coming up. Yes, I did give them all names beginning with the same letter because I’m a loser. Anyway, the ‘comfort’ category includes books that I’ve read before (possibly multiple times) that always make me feel good. This could also be described as my favorites category. I created the ‘class’ category as a way to justify bringing some of the books that I won’t necessarily want to read in the next year, but that make me seem classier. They can also function as conversation starters, or they may simply be books of literary merit that I appreciate as such. I realize now that this is a confusing category name, as it could be confused with books I need for my classes, but those are separate. I won't even purchase them until after class s
The next category, ‘confidence,’ will serve to motivate me and make me feel better about myself. These books may not be ones that I need to read all the way through again, but I might pick them up from time to time and flip through to find passages that make me feel confident. The final category is ‘coming up,’ which consists of books that I want to read. That one’s pretty self-explanatory.
My categories are not a perfect plan, and I might not stick to them at all when I’m actually packing, but they’re working for me right now. That’s really all I have to say about that for now, so I’ll include my current lists for the four categories. These will probably change (and grow) a lot before I leave, but here are the work-in-progress versions:
Harry Potter (at least the first one) by J.K. Rowling
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
The first few books on the top of my TBR pile when I leave