Summer 2017 Reading Program: May Updates
Friday, June 09, 2017
I am trying to get back to blogging, so we will start with an easy one! Most of you know that I create my own summer reading program every year. This year my goal is to read 30 books by Labor Day.
1. A New Earth 3/5 Written by Eckhart Tolle, a modern philosopher with spiritual insights, this one underwhelmed me. It talked about unhealthy mental habits (playing the victim or some other imaginary role, dwelling on the past or future, would/could/should, etc). At times it offered good advice, but it often felt a bit hokey.
2. Rethinking Interviews 4/5 Written by the best-selling author of "What Color Is Your Parachute," this man about invented the field of career counseling. It's short and not a "great" book, but it offers wonderful advice and fits well within its genre.
3. Rethinking Resumes 4/5 Same comments as #2.
4. The Empire Strikes Back 4/5 It is almost identical to the movie, which I liked. The dialogue was often awkward, and this book bears the distinction of being the middle of a trilogy, which means it didn't work quite as well as a standalone book. But it terms of plot, this one is my favorite of the original trilogy, and it was a fun read!
5. A Comedy of Errors 4/5 This comedy centers around two sets of twins, one set of noblemen and one set of servants. Neither set of twins realize that they have a twin. All four twins are in the same city, causing confusion and mayhem. Watching it being acted out would be funny, but thematically this one is not one of Shakespeare's best.
6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 5/5 I have read three Agatha Christie books, and I have never gotten the ending right. All of the pieces make sense at the end. And while Sherlock Holmes feels old-fashioned and upper-class and like a common person could not solve the riddle, hers are more accessible and are solve-able (if you are very clever). So far my favorite book this summer!
BOOKS I HOPE TO READ THIS SUMMER
(More than I can get to in one summer, but it's a start)
And Then There Were None (Christie)
Death on the Nile (Christie)
Don Quixote **in progress
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Gone with the Wind
The Good Soldier
The Great Gatsby
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Jungle **in progress
King Solomon's Mines
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Magnificent Ambersons
Master Your Metabolism Cookbook
Much Ado about Nothing
The Old Man and the Sea
Nicholas & Alexandra
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Return of the Jedi
A Tale of Two Cities
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Through the Looking-Glass
Witness for the Prosecution (Christie)
What have you been reading lately? Any exciting summer plans or book recommendations?