I emailed a professor a couple of days ago asking for two book recommendations to round out a five book historiography* I'm working on (political networks of the early republic! so good!) and he finally got back to me today.
With recommendations for seven books I should look into.
I know that the expectation isn't that I read them all, but that's the difference between being an undergraduate and a graduate student, I feel. I will read them all. My learning journey with this professor this semester has been so positive and enlightening and mind-stretching that I know the books will be useful and I want to go down that path. I am happy that I get to be here, learning from such nice, brilliant people. I am happy that I'm living a life where I can drop everything and race off to the library. I am happy to have work that is so blissfully consuming and challenging. I am happy, I am happy, I am happy.
*a paper that is a brief overview of a specific field-- like a multi-book book report, with more analysis.