Day 25: Favourite book you read in school.
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature at which books burn. Bradbury’s dystopian novel concerns itself with issues of censorship and media influence. In a police state where books are banned and burned by ‘firefighters’, Guy Montag starts the novel as a worker loyal to the state and slowly progresses to the point where he wishes to be free of it. The world presented through Guy’s eyes is a bleak one, particularly to someone who idolises books as much as I do! But it is a great novel to study and generally read.
I read this book for one of my university literature subjects, and I loved it. Especially the resulting discussions about censorship and media influence in society. This is one book that I really need to get around to reading again.
It is nearly two o’clock in the morning here, and I am wide awake.
Ideally, I would rather be blissfully dreaming the night away, but clearly that just isn’t going to happen any time soon.
I have been spending the last week (or is it two? three, even?) being alternately absorbed by the book I’m reading (On the Edge by Richard and Mindy Hammond), the TV show I’m watching (Eureka – behind the times in the middle of season 3), and the many, many articles and books and forums I’ve been reading in preparation for my upcoming assignment.
My mind is awhirl with combinations of serious brain injuries, strange science experiments, styles of leadership, car crashes and professional development plans. Is it any wonder at all that I suddenly can’t sleep?
I’m actually quite amazed that I haven’t forgotten which way is up and which subject I’m meant to be focusing on at the moment. But then, there’s still time! Come Monday, it could be that my lecturer gets an assignment on the fascinating and addictive show that is Eureka, and a report on the effects of serious brain injuries. Or, if I can actually get to sleep sometime soon, mayhap they’ll get an essay on two of Goleman’s leadership styles and a report providing an overview of a professional development plan.
Maybe. We’ll just have to wait and see. And, hopefully, sleep.