It’s that time of year again: summer! The time for reading, for diving into imaginary lands and being transformed by the experience. Last year was the summer of Genji for me, a summer spent in Heian era Japan admiring the pomp and poetry of The Shining One and his court even as I laughed at their foibles. What summer will this turn out to be? The summer of King Lear? The summer of Ringworld? Wordsworth or Robert Louis Stevenson or Marx or Woolf? Maybe it will be a combination, a beautiful spectrum of literature upon which I can reflect in years to come; only time will tell and I can hardly wait to find out.
Being the nerd that I am I have been carefully crafting the following reading list during April. I’ve weighed the pros and cons of the different books, my enthusiasm for reading them vs. the probability of my finishing them anytime soon, and discussed the list with my other wonderful half. Once again, my husband and I are making a book group of two to read books together and discuss them. Yes, I am ridiculously spoiled.
The Group List of Summer 2012
Crying of Lot 49by Thomas Pynchon <–I’m reading this in lieu of Gravity’s Rainbow since I failed to read it (hanging head in shame). <–Done 🙂
- The Prelude by William Wordsworth
- King Lear by William Shakespeare
- Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
- The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels
Around the World in 80 Daysby Jules Verne <–Done 🙂
Ellen’s Summer 2012 Reading List!
- Ringworld by Terry Pratchett
Five Children and Itby Edith Nesbit<–Done 🙂
- Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
- Changes by Jim Butcher
- Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
- The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Master of Heathcrest Hallby Galen Beckett<–Done 🙂
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon
- Song for the Basilisk by Patricia McKillip
- Voyage to Arcturus by D. Lindsay
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton
- The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
The Story Girlby L.M. Montgomery<–Done 🙂
- The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie
- Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
There you have it, dear readers, my reading lists for this summer. As you can see, I have made it less ambitious than my previous two lists in terms of numbers. Between employment and volunteering I figure I will have less time. I’m also focusing on more fantasy and science fiction with a smattering of some classics. I’m excited about my reading for the next several months, I hope these lists will inspire you to seek out some strange new literary worlds for yourselves. Is there a particular book you’re looking forward to this summer? It would be fun to get some discussion going in the comments. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by the pond!