I’m feeling a bit bookish, how about you? Watching the premier episode of The Great American Read reminded me of just how much reading and books have meant to me, and how passionate readers are about their favorites. Plus I’ve been inspired by blogging friends who’ve posted their own Summer reading lists: Leanne Sowul has an ambitious list of 37 books on hers! And Danielle Torres has a cool theme for her summer reading. Check it out here.
Me, I’m all over the place. I want to read All The Books. I’ve chosen quite a few from my groaning TBR shelf, and a few from the running list I keep in my planner. I know I won’t read them all, but that’s OK. I love the process of choosing books to read. Thinking about reading is almost as fun as actually reading.
The first two books come from the Great American Read list of 100 novels: The Giver, by Lois Lowry and The Stand, by Stephen King. I’m not sure I’m up for this chunk of a book, but maybe. Or maybe I’ll woman up and choose War and Peace?
I’m very intrigued by Circe, by Madeline Miller.
Blandings Castle, by P.G. Wodehouse. Sometimes I just need a little Wodehouse. (I was disappointed to see none of his novels made the list for the Great American Read.)
Starting to prepare for Paris in the fall with these possibilities:
The Light of Paris, by Eleanor Brown. This one is waiting for me at the library as I type. Thanks to Danielle for the recommendation.
The Little Pleasures of Paris, by Leslie Jonath.
True Pleasures: A Memoir of Women in Paris, by Lucinda Holdforth.
Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide, by Jessie Kanelos Weiner. I’m already reading this charming little book.
Speaking of Paris, I should be practicing my drawing and painting prior to the trip. Am I? No, I am not. Maybe one of these books will jump start my practice:
Keys to Drawing, by Bert Dodson.
The New Creative Artist, by Nita Leland
How about a peek into someone else’s life? I have the Journal of Eugene Delacroix on my shelves, as well as Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, by Edith Holden.
Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence, by Carol Benjamin. Because Luna.
Upstream, by Mary Oliver. I love her poetry, and look forward to reading this collection of essays.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Leport. Because now I have a thing for Wonder Woman.
Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, by Elaine M. Hayes One of my favorite jazz singers
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club. by Gil McNeil. Because it’s been on my TBR list for years!
A collection of short stories: either by Eudora Welty (I have a collection on my TBR stack at home), Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors, Edith Pearlman’s Honeydew, or Ellen Gilchrist’s Acts of God.
These are the books I feel like reading now—and that list is likely to change over the summer as new books catch my eye. Will I find a new favorite author or will one of these books rate as a “best read” for 2018? I can’t wait to find out.
What will you read this summer?