Tenth Week PhD: Respite

For over a week, I have had no homework, writing, or discussion posts for doctoral work. I have started reading two textbooks for two of my classes, but I have also been reading a book for enjoyment. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith–one of the books in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. If you have never read any of these, please consider it. They are set in Botswana and follow the detectives Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi in the town of Gabarone. They spend most of their time thinking their way through cases, traveling to the bush in an old white van, and drinking tea. If you like books that are peaceful, insightful, and pleasant, with a touch of mystery and pluckiness, then these books are for you. You can check one out at your local library (electronic or print–whichever you prefer).

Speaking of electronic or print, as for me, I recently purchased a Kindle HD on a whim. Reading books on an electronic screen is different than a print book, to be sure. However, for books I read for pleasure that I don’t need to make notes in or re-read to take a test, this format works very well.  I love the smell of books–of which I have plenty. I still have to print out articles for research. Highlighting and underlining help me remember and study. There are ways to do that with an electronic book, but I haven’t figured out how to do that in a way that will help me. To me, reading for pleasure is a respite and a stress reliever. It will help me get ready for new doctoral courses this semester by clearing my mind and filling it with pleasant thoughts, well-developed characters, and a craving for red bush tea.

Blessings to you and yours.

Listen to Mr. Smith here: http://youtu.be/YhPNMIyidbA


About Melissa D Atkinson

Online Learning Library at ACU Brown Library. Librarian for 20+ years at ACU. Ph.D. in 2019 (Concentration - Distance Education/Ed Tech/Online Learning).

Posted on August 14, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reading mystery novels/detective novels is one of my favorite respites from academic reading as well. Have you read the Jo Nesbo series? Would highly recommend–very engaging and a great escape from heavy reading!

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  2. I have not read the Jo Nesbo series. Sounds intriguing. Do you know the author of that series by chance?


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