Summer Reading.

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One of my favorite things about having extended breaks while I was in school was that I got to plan a reading list for whatever vacation from school I was heading into. As I am a now a college graduate (thank you, thank you), I won’t have any more winter breaks or spring breaks to necessitate a reading list. However, summer is summer whether you’re in school or not, and since today is the first official day of summer (though the weather in the Couve would suggest otherwise), I have compiled a summer reading list to share with my (four or so) faithful readers.

Right now I am reading:
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

The agenda for the rest of the summer is as follows:
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
A Man Walks Into A Room by Nicole Krauss
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
‘Tis by Frank McCourt
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

Because I have about as many books on my to-read shelf as I do on my already-read shelf, I’ve made a vow to not buy anymore books until September so that I can focus on just reading the books that I already have. If I make it through my entire list before September though, I may have to cheat and buy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo because I’ve heard such good things about it and am itching to read a good mystery novel.

And heck, my endless summer started in March, so I managed to read eight books in the interim from when I was done with classes and actually participated in my graduation ceremony. There were some really good ones and some really bad ones:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (amazing)
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (average)
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (amazing)
People I Wanted To Be by Gina Ochsner (amazing)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (slightly above average)
The Island by Victoria Hislop (awful)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (amazing)
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood (amazing)

Here’s to a summer of leisurely reading, lovely words and lively storytelling! Hip hip hooray!

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One response to “Summer Reading.

  1. 1. I so am a faithful reader.
    1.5. yes. congratulations!
    2. I wish I was on break right now! This is a great list.
    3. About 3 of those books (brosK, Hemingway, andKrauss) I have been wanting to read for years. Let me know how they are, yo.
    4. Flaubert and Williams are fantastic. Have fun.

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