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Summer Reading Program 2013

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Most of you know I am a reading addict. At my job I'm known as the one always reading a book in the faculty lounge during break. I have more books than my bedroom shelves can accomodate, and last year I realized how many remain unread. That is something I've been working to remedy.

Last year I formed my own summer reading program to read as many of those unread books I own as possible. I managed 17 during the course of the summer, but a few were pretty hefty books. (I'm looking at you, War and Peace!)

The summer 2013 mission: read 30 books by Labor Day, starting now!

Here's how I'm gonna roll up my sleeves and git 'er done!

Books already read this summer:
1. Silence by Shusaku Endo

Books in-progress and/or books I abandoned partway through:
-Don Quixote
-Rob Roy
-The Spark
-A Dance with Dragons
-Wuthering Heights
-The Mayor of Casterbridge
-Madame Bovary

Books I really want to read this summer:
-The Grapes of Wrath
-Anna Karenina
-Crime and Punishment
-Brave New World
-Dr. Zhivago
-Cold Mountain
-David Copperfield
-Bleak House
-Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
-Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
-20,000 Leagues under the Sea
-The Wind in the Willows
-Anne of Green Gables
-Greek Myths (a children's collection book)
-The Blue Fairy (a children's collection of fairy tales)
-The Jungle Book
-The Call of the Wild
-White Fang

Books I want to re-read:
-The Scarlet Letter
-To Kill A Mockingbird
-Great Expectations
-The English Patient
-A Farewell to Arms
-The Little Prince
-Making the Cut (Jillian Michaels)
-Master Your Metabolism (Jillian Michaels)

At the end of the summer I will award "Prot's Picks" in various categories, such as most engrossing read, best piece of writing, best depiction of setting, most surprising read, best children's book, and whatever else tickles my fancy. At the end of each month I will also keep you posted so we can track my progress as I aim for my 30 books. I understand I've laid out a lot more than I can probably accomplish this summer, but fortune favors the detemined!

Do you have any favorite books to recommend? What are your summer reading plans?
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    Consider a new debut novel by Marjan Kamali -- Together Tea -- which came out to rave reviews on May 21. A warm and wonderful Mother-daughter story that speaks across all cultures. I love it.
    1813 days ago
    I just started "Wind From The Carolinas" by Robert Wilder. Can't put it down! Very interesting historical fiction about how the Bahamas were colonized by British crown loyalists who did not agree with the American Revolution, and moved their plantations to the islands.
    1831 days ago
    Just my very humble opioion--

    Books in-progress and/or books I abandoned partway through:
    -Don Quixote It's hard to read picaresque novels
    -Rob Roy I never could get into Scott

    I love the final three and consider them worth re-reading.
    -Wuthering Heights
    -The Mayor of Casterbridge
    -Madame Bovary

    Books I really want to read this summer:
    What a fantastic list! I hope to hear your opinions.

    Keep on reading!
    1843 days ago
    There is a good series by Alan Bradley about an 11 year old chemistry whiz named Flavia de Luce who solves murder mysteries that is quite good.

    I am currently reading "The Hangman's Daughter" a historical fiction by Potzsch set in Germany in the 1600's.

    It looks like you have a lot or classics on your list, enjoy your reading program!
    1844 days ago
    Aye, matey, the tale of that great white whale, Moby Dick....'tis a tale for those who are tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. who love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts!
    1844 days ago
    Do you remember me telling you I got my son a children's edition of King Arthur & he didn't like it/wouldn't read it? Well, I've got it next to my bed with a reading light attached. All I've got to do is start!
    He is currently reading my daughter's copy of Call of the Wild. He is loving it! It has been too long since I've read it to remember the details but when he told me about how & why Jack killed Spitz, I told him it is the perfect book for a boy!
    1844 days ago
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