Summer Reading List

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It’s that time folks!  “What time,” you ask?  Well, I don’t know exactly.  Because I’ve never done this before.  But since I’m a free woman (Not. A. Student.) and don’t have tests to study for every night until 2 am, I have constructed for myself a ridiculously ambitious summer reading list.  Twenty bucks says there will be a post titled “Fall Reading List” in three months with strikingly similar identical readings…

So here goes.

The Re-Reads

  • A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
    • Note: Aaaaaah-mazing.  True story.  Read it in college.  Loved it.  Cried like a baby.  I’m overdue for a revisit.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Note: I cite it as a favorite, but haven’t read it since high school.  Also overdue for a visit to East Egg and West Egg.

The Biographies/Memoirs

  • Maria by Maria von Trapp
    • Note: Yes, the Sound of Music is true.  And I want to know aaaaall about it.[messenger.jpg]
  • Messenger by Jeni Stepanek
    • Note: This is the mom of Mattie Stepanek, who used to be on Oprah all the time and passed away in 2004.  Almost scared to read it because of the seriously unstable manner in which I cried while watching his funeral on TV.
  • I’m also in search of bios on Charles Darwin and C.S. Lewis (preferably not written by C.S…I am just not smart enough to cannot keep up with that man!).  Any recommendations?

The Trendy’s

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Anything by Jodi Picoult
    • Note: Yes, her stuff is formulaic, but that doesn’t mean it’s not thought provoking and a great read.

The Classics

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    • Note: I know as little as one can possibly know about this book, but I feel like I should read it.  I expect it’s not an easy read.
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    • Note: Read it in middle and high school.  Thought I was cool back in the day if I read my big sis’ required reading—Lord knows why.  But I think this book is the reason why I love a man in a pink shirt. And ties as belts.

The Christians

  • A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
    • Note: Based on the 5 women in Jesus’ lineage.
  • A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story by Diana Butler Bass
    • Note: I’m weary of the word “progressive” secondary to how its been politicized, so I’m unsure of this book as it’s been described as progressive.  But upon reading reviews and descriptions, I’m intrigued.  No idea what I’m getting myself into, but what’s the fun in only reading what you’re sure you agree with?  I’ll let you know how it goes…

The Medical-Related Non-Fiction

  • Schuyler’s Monster by Robert Rummel-Hudson
    • Note: I’m drawn to the lives of parents who have children with disabilities for obvious reasons, but the story of diagnosing a wordless daughter is just as appealing as the story of the blind love of a father…
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Fiction Books about Alzheimer's

  • The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merill Block
  • Still Alice by  Lisa Genova
    • My neuro professor has apparently passed on her intrigue in Alzheimer’s…

So, Amazon’s profits should be up for the quarter.  Speaking of Amazon, I’m having an internal debate on a Kindle/Nook/iPad.  Any advice?  As I look up all of these books, I also realize the cover of the book makes a serious difference to me—I will only buy the editions with the covers I like.

Are you impressed??  If you are, don’t be.  There is no way I will have made my way through these by Labor Day.  No way.  But I’m gonna try!  Have y’all read any of these?  Anything I’m seriously overlooking?  Or better yet, anything on here that’s a waste of my time? 

I’ll keep you updated as I work my way through…

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