Brit Lit & New Bookcases

For most of the week I have been back in the office — JCC has had advising days, assessment days, clean your office before classes start days (okay — that last day was not an “official” back to work day — but I need to go through the two big piles on my desk so I can at least find my textbooks for the new semester).  I have also put the finishing touches on my British Literature II course for the spring semester.  It has been years since I have taught this class (7 years — to be exact — I looked it up!) As many of you know, this kind of class is a survey class — a bit of everything from Romantic poetry to today’s British literature.  It’s almost impossible to fit everything in that I want to teach.  So goodbye, The Importance of Being Earnest (I just couldn’t fit it in…) and hello “The Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti (good stuff here).  And of course, there’s so many others..Tennyson, Arnold, Woolf, the list goes on and on…

The other big news of the week?  I purchased two brand new furniture store bookcases.  For years, I always got my bookcases from Big Lots or Kmart , and I put them together myself.  The only problem is that no matter what I did — they always sort of leaned to one side.  So I finally splurged.  The new cases house my complete poetry collection, and although I don’t have any official count of how many poetry books I do have, it has to be over 500.

So now it’s back to the books — and not the bookcases.  Classes start Tuesday, and I still have some reading to do before the first day.


  1. Happy back to school time, Karen! We’re about a week ahead of y’all. That whole ‘clean your office day’ is crucial to a good semester. Glad you had the time.
    Also, congrats on the bookshelves! I dream of having custom built-ins some day.

  2. Karen Said:

    Hi Sandy — Believe it or not, there was one built-in bookcase when Anthony and I purchased the house. But, it’s simply not enough!



  3. Jealous! 🙂

  4. Just tell them to watch the movie version of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It’s meant to be seen as a play, after all.

  5. The bookcases sound wonderful! I think we knew the house we live in now was the right one because it had built-in bookcases!!

    Goblin Market should be fun. Discussed it recently with a small group, and there was plenty of mystery and delight!

  6. New bookcases are a wonderful thing. 🙂

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