Aug 20: $505
That’s how much my books for this semester cost. $505. And change.
And keep in mind, more than half of them were used! Admittedly, I probably should have bought them new instead, in order to give that money to the authors rather than the store, but…$505! Besides, I suspect the school actually needs the money more than the authors anyway, given the state of this state, and of educational financing in general.
The worst part is, that was 23 books for only 2 classes. A few of the books were pretty short, but many of them were quite massive, and I know they’ll most of them be rather dense. I have the sinking feeling that I’m not going to have much time to devote to getting my novel ready to go out the door.
Or doing anything else, for that matter.
Worst of all, only one of the two courses has yet posted its syllabus, so while I know I need to start the reading now for one of the classes, I don’t know for the other. And the one that hasn’t posted the syllabus yet? That’s the one with the much longer reading list. (The one I do have the syllabus for only has about six or seven books.) The longer reading list almost guarantees that the professor will expect us to have already read one of the books by the first class meeting, but without the syllabus being available, how am I supposed to know which one?!
Very, very frustrating.