Unrequired reading

Reading for pleasure has fallen by the wayside, with the mad dash for completing course requirements and the rush toward professionalism. But we found a few intrepid dawdlers who found the time to wander through the byways of unrequired reading. So take an exit off your express highway to your professional degree and check out what theyre reading.

square.gif Jonathan Leung, Engineering 03
If you dont count HTML guides for fun, my answer would be The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan. Or, if you count rereads, Salems Lot by Stephen King.

square.gifDan Shu, College 02
The best book Ive read recently is Fatheralong by John Edgar Wideman.

square.gifRob Olson, College 00
Secrets, Lies and Democracy by Noam Chomsky.

square.gifClaire Nguyen, College 01
E.M. Forsters A Room with a View, most definitely. And it was funny to boot!

square.gifBill Ulmer, College 01
A Nobel Prize winner called One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. I picked it up one day at Barnes & Noble on a table of recommended summer readings. Being a bio major, I wanted to expand my knowledge of literature and world cultures by choosing a novel outside of the European canon.

square.gifKathryn Allen, College 02
I have a few best books. ... Enders Grave by Orson Scott Card, 1984 by [George] Orwell, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.

square.gifJane Hill, College 00
Mitch Alboms Tuesdays with Morrie.

square.gifSteve Fenn, College 01
Angel Fire East by Jerry Brooks.

square.gifSrida Joisa, Wharton/Engineering 01
Im reading Snow Crash [by Neal Stephenson] and its pretty cool.

square.gifPaul Caron, College 01
Im reading Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins.

square.gifLyandra Retacco, College 01
The best book Ive read recently is Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut.

square.gifJill Belli, College 02
1984 by George Orwell.

square.gifLisa Chu, Wharton 02
Pet Semetary by Stephen King.

square.gifAnjali Wagle, College 02
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Its really good.

square.gifAlan Saltz, Wharton 00
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.

Katie Alex


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Originally published on April 6, 2000