Au Revoir, Summer, it was fun

Today is September 1st. While it may still feel like summer up here in the Midwest, I can’t really say that it is any longer. I will resist the urge to whine and snivel pathetically about this in favor of geeking out about all of the smashing books I’ve read.

Let’s recap! Here are all of the books I’ve read this summer in no particular order:

  • Criss Cross by Lynn Rae Perkins
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • The 7 Percent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
  • Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
  • The Emily of New Moon Series by L.M. Montgomery ( Emily of New Moon,  Emily Climbs,& Emily’s Quest)
  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki translated by Arthur Waley
  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
That all adds up to 5,117 pages of text (not including scientific papers, texts, and the odd Agatha Christie) that I’ve read this summer. I read one third of the group reading list my husband and I picked (The Once and Future King & The Tale of Genji).  From my personal summer reading list I managed to finish eight out of 38 creative works or 21% of the list. I was shooting for 25% (10 works) but I’m still pleased with myself. This was gobs of fun. I feel like I’ve been in my own personal time machine hopping from the sixties in America, to the forties, to Victorian England, to medieval England, to ancient Japan, to distant Mars, to Victorian Canada, to alternate realities, and back to contemporary America. It’s been a swell ride. No matter the time or the place or the story or the characters I have  found something worth knowing and cherishing therein. I realize I’ve been neglecting my blogging during August and I have several books on that list which I haven’t written up yet. My bad! In my frantic attempts to finish reading I found I couldn’t blog at the same time. Never fear! I shall be writing up little capsule reviews of my geeky adventures in the coming days as well as posting my revised reading list for Fall. Stay tuned!

Eastern prickly pear cactus in bloom by Ellen Schneider


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