Summer 2015 Reading Program: July Updates
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
I am almost caught up on blogs! My goal was to read 35 books between May and Labor Day and write book reviews as I go. My summer was great, and my books were too! :)
MAY and JUNE BOOKS
1. Daniel Deronda
2. Lady Chatterley's Lover
3. Tarzan of the Apes
4. The Awakening
7. My Antonia
8. The Beautiful and Damned
9. Dead Souls
10. Fahrenheit 451
11. The Grapes of Wrath
12. Sense and Sensibility
13. Things Fall Apart
14. The Iliad
15. Ethan Frome
16. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
18. A Journey to the Center of the Earth
19. Pride and Prejudice 4.5/5 While the story of first impressions, love, and courtship is well known, this time I finally appreciated the nuance and attention to detail. Probably my favorite of her books.
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 5/5 This story takes place in a mental asylum. The conflict is between a protagonist (a resident), who we assume is not crazy, and the head nurse who demands perfect control. Interesting, funny, this book is everything. The movie won best picture too!
21. All Quiet on the Western Front 4.5/5 This book is the story of war from the front lines, in this case a German soldier in World War I. He watches his friends die, ducks from bombs, faces poison gas and machine guns, almost starves due to dwindling rations, and somehow just survives. There is also a surprise ending. (I won't tell though!)
22. The Odyssey 4.5/5 Before I had only read this one is parts, so it was nice to read it in its entirety. The nonlinear narration struck me this time. It's about a father who is presumed dead when he does not return from war. His son searches for him so that his mother won't have to remarry. Meanwhile his father has had adventures and struggles of his own. The language at times was a bit unapproachable, but the story itself was timeless.
23. Kidnapped 3/5 This one I imagined to be similar to Treasure Island, but this one dragged. It is set in Scotland during their fight for independence from Britain. The main character, a young boy, has several adventures and narrow escapes while struggling to regain his birthright from his wicked uncle.
24. Hiroshima 4/5 This one reads more like a documentary than a novel while it follows six characters (I assume fictional) on the day of the bomb and its aftermath. Each chapter is broken into six segments where it follows each character's storyline separately. As a documentary, it is well-researched and very moving. As a story or novel, I ranked it a little lower.
Soon I will finish blogging about the rest of the books I read this summer, and I will assign awards in various categories. Stay tuned!