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Summer 2015 Reading Program: June Updates

Monday, August 31, 2015

I am still behind on blogging, but catching up! One of my goals this summer is to read 35 books by Labor Day. Below I rated and reviewed the books I read in June!


1. Daniel Deronda

2. Lady Chatterley's Lover

3. Tarzan of the Apes

4. The Awakening

5. Kim

6. Candide

7. My Antonia

8. The Beautiful and Damned

9. Dead Souls

10. Fahrenheit 451

11. The Grapes of Wrath


12. Sense and Sensibility 4.5/5 Usually Austen's writing style isn't my favorite, but this was a pleasant surprise on the usual themes of courtship and love.

13. Things Fall Apart 5/5 The majority of the book describes African (Ibo) culture before European colonization, and it de-bunks our prejudices of primitive savages in huts. Their traditions were nuanced, and in some ways similar to our own. At the end the whites come with their Christian religion, and the narrator feels as though his whole culture is vanishing.

14. The Iliad 4.5/5 One of the oldest stories ever told of the Trojan War and the heroes who fought in it. Before I had only read excerpts, and I really enjoyed reading it in its entirety.

15. Ethan Frome 3.5/5 A thwarted love story set in the frigid northeast with a surprising ending. The first time I could hardly put it down, but this time with the outcome known it didn't quite hold the same place as before.

16. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 4.5/5 It's adventures of an almost adolescent boy on the Mississippi, and it's funny and entertaining! It has faked deaths, buried gold, a love interest, and so on. I'm usually not a huge fan of Mark Twain either, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

17. Purgatorio 4/5 This one is structured similarly to the first part, The Inferno, in that it has levels with specific people groups. The world is ranked and ordered. However this version had no explanatory notes, and it lacked some of the excitement of The Inferno.

18. A Journey to the Center of the Earth 4.5/5 Verne is known for his science fiction, and being forward-thinking in technology not yet conceived. A group of men enter an inactive volcano in Iceland, and, with their instruments, begin to travel in an underground labyrinth. As they go into deeper levels of earth, they even find prehistoric plants and animals (dinosaurs!) Eventually they pop out another volcano near Italy! It may not be strictly realistic, but it was a very interesting book and not at all what I expected!

It is always wonderful to have the extra time to read in the summer. July and August reading updates are coming soon!
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