One of my favorite parts of summer is summer reading. When I was younger, summer reading provided ample opportunity to read whatever I wanted, and in doing so stray from the “academic” reading enforced on me. Don’t get me wrong, English was my favorite subject all throughout school, even in college. I enjoyed assigned reading with a few exceptions of course, i.e. Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Why is this assigned? I mean really why? If you know please explain..)
In all honesty, the reason I enjoyed assigned reading so much was not because I enjoyed all the books assigned, but because all my friends had to read the books too and we were able to discuss them afterwards. I love me a good book discussion! However, summer reading is different. It’s fun! Sometimes, it’d be a made up competition between me and whoever I knew who read a lot, to see who could read more books. Since I tend to read very quickly and become super absorbed into plots and my competition didn’t realize it was a competition, I tended to win… the imaginary prize… me snickering to myself when at the beginning of the school year we compared book totals. Some of my favorite books I read when I was younger include, Nancy Drew, The Box Car Children, Encyclopedia Brown (I wanted to be him), Pride and Prejudice, The Outsiders, Little House on the Prairie Series, and The Giver.
Way back in January, I set a reading goal for myself: 24 Books by 2012. I didn’t think this was hefty goal. Two books a month is more than doable, I should always expect this of myself. I also decided they had to all be new books. Rereading Harry Potter or Breaking Dawn or Pride and Prejudice for the 9th time would not be accepted as one of the 24. Sorry Self, get some new material. So far this year, I’ve read 7.5 books; Shanghai Girls, Cutting for Stone, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, The Jewel of Saint Petersburg, and I’m halfway through Tomatoland.
Last week, I compiled a summer reading list for myself, and subsequently ordered all 11 books from Amazon. You can only imagine how excited I was today, when I stumbled on a new-to-me blogger, who has a summer reading challenge of sorts. Caiti of Life is a Canvas, wrote this post, inviting her readers to pledge to read a certain number of books this summer. Well I’ve decided to pledge to read 10. I already have 1.5 down this summer (June-Sept), and now with the whole accountability thing, I’m definitely going to accomplish that goal.
Here’s my list of books purchased last week from Amazon:
Animal, Vegetable Mircacle -Barbara Kingsolver
Charming Billy -Alice McDermott
The Cookbook Collector -Allegra Goodman
Eating Animals -Jonathan Safran Foer
The Hunger Games Series (3 books) -Suzanne Collins
The Passage -Justin Cronin
The Book Thief -Marcus Zusak
Cheap -Ellen Ruppel Shell
And I already started, Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook.
I also plan on reading, A Dance with Dragons, the newest book from A Song of Ice and Fire Series, (Game of Thrones), which is released next Monday! A friend also suggested I read the Suki Stackhouse series, on which True Blood is based. And since I really enjoy True Blood, I’ve been considering reading those as well. (As long as I can find someone to borrow them from. I don’t feel like spending a fortune on 11 of those books.)
Since I only have 8 weeks left before the end of the summer (so sad I know), I have got to go get reading, if I wanna reach my 10 book goal! Stay tuned to find out which ones I end up reading, learn what I thought of them, see if I meet my goal.
Do you have a favorite summer reading book? An old favorite?
How about a reading goal for this summer or this year?
Have you read any of the ones on my list? What are some of your recommendations? I’d love to hear!
I’ll be in Tomatoland if you need me,