“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” —Jane Austen
The calendar pointedly informs me that it's still May, but with both my sophomore year of high school and my spring dance recital behind me, the season of summer has — in my mind, at least — officially begun. As if to herald its arrival, this morning I awoke to tangible streams of sunlight beaming through my bedroom window with all the joy and radiance of a June day come two weeks early. I'm currently at a very tenuous period of freedom in these next few weeks, as the arrival of June means a summer job, a family trip, teaching at dance camp, and many other fun but time-consuming tasks. (I'm also determined to get my license this year, which means enrolling in driver's ed, a tedious, though necessary occupation.) Since reading time this summer won't be as plentiful as it has been in the past, I'm determined to make the most of the leisure hours I do have, which brings me to the purpose of this post.
Last June I posted a list of the books I hoped to finish over the summer. It was a rather fun idea that came to me spontaneously, and it also helped to keep me both motivated and organized in the weeks that followed. My reading list did morph and shift several times, though, and not many of the titles on the original list were actually completed, as they were traded for other volumes. Though I expect something of the sort may happen again this year, that's no reason not to set down an organized record as a means of staying accountable with my literary goals over the summer.
Thus, I give you my incredibly ambitious book list.
C L A S S I C S
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
H I S T O R I C A L
John Adams by David McCullough
1776 by David McCullough (I really need to finish this one!)
Saratoga by Richard M. Ketchum
Victory at Yorktown by Richard M. Ketchum
Jane Austen and Her Times, 1775—1817 by Geraldine Edith Mitton
F A N T A S Y
The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tales of Goldstone Wood [including Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, and Dragonwitch] by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
T H E O L O G I C A L
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers
Letters to a Diminished Church by Dorothy Sayers
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
what are you reading this summer?