I love making goals, and get especially excited about them during season changes or other big life events. So with the commencement of my High School career last Friday, my 19th birthday tomorrow, and summer vacation starting, you’d better believe that I’ve been making some serious goal lists as of late. One of these (of course) is a summer reading list. I’m undertaking some of these books because I want to enrich my mind, some of them because I’ve heard they’re good, and one because I’ve heard it’s bad and I want to laugh at it (The Selection). So without further ado:
1) The Woman in White– I’ve read 400 of the 600 pages since I determined to read it last week, so if I don’t finish this by the end of the summer (or the end of this weekend) somebody come slap me.
2) Anna Karenina– Okay, so this is a really dorky reason, but I’ll tell you anyway. I’m reading this over the summer specifically because in the 10th Series of Unfortunate Events book Klaus recalls reading it one summer with his mother. “Every summer, the Baudelaires’ mother would read a very long book, joking that lifting a large novel was the only exercise she liked to get during the hot months. During the time Violet was thinking of, Mrs. Baudelaire chose Anna Karenina for her summer reading…” (The Slippery Slope page 145). Yes I get my book suggestions from other books. Don’t judge me.
3) Crossed– I’m not actually sure why I’m reading this. The first book made me mad, so I don’t see how reading another book in the series will contribute to my overall happiness.
4) Paper Towns– Because it’s John Green of course!
5) Middlemarch– Mainly because it’s a classic, and I’m influenced by what society thinks is good.
6) Legend– I heard this was really good.
7) Prodigy– Sequel to Legend.
8) Twelfth Night– My knowledge of Shakespeare is shockingly limited, and a friend read and loved this book. Also, I heard She’s the Man was based on this play, and Channing Tatem and classic literature seem like a wonderful combo to me.
9) North and South– I loved Wives and Daughters, which is by the same author.
10) The Selection– Yeah I just want to laugh at it and see what all the hype is about. Also the cover is really pretty.
12) Bleak House– Not really sure why this is on the list either. It seems rather bleak.
13) The Last Cavalier– It’s by the guy who wrote the Count of Monte Cristo!
13) Kisses from Katie– My friend gave it to me as a goodbye present, and as we all know, books are just about the best thing to win me over with. If a burglar walked into my house and handed me a John Green book I hadn’t yet read I’m not sure I wouldn’t just let him go about his business stealing our stuff as I read on the couch.
So you can expect reviews on at least a few of these books, although I’m not sure I’ll get through all of them (especially the classics). Any suggestions on what I should read first, or on other books that I need to add to the list? Have a great week, and happy (unofficial) summer!