I mentioned in a letter to Jenny last week that summer can be either full of reading or completely devoid of it. During the long winter months, I dream of sitting poolside with a good book, but to be honest, that doesn't always work out. In the past I've shared ambitious reading lists; this summer I've been yoinked down from cloud nine and know my own limits. Summer can be used to accomplish all that research you pushed off during the school-year (yes, Redcoats and Rebels, I'm looking at you), but it's also a good time to indulge your fancies, whether they lean more towards Milne or Heyer. Good, solid tomes mixed with some light pleasure reading. These are the titles I've compiled for my summer; though I will not read them all, this is the list from which I'll choose.
summer 2014 reading list
Starflower by A. E. Stengl (already working on this one)
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (British Lit summer reading, but I'm excited about diving in!)
The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (per Abigail's wholehearted recommendation)
Five Glass Slippers (edited by A. E. Stengl)
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Mystery and Manners and A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Bath Tangle, Friday's Child, or something else by the inimitable Georgette Heyer
American Austen (a collection of essays by Agnes Repplier)
Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and several others by C. S. Lewis to be chosen when the time arrives
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers (halfway through; I want to finish it)
... And a whole stack of research books for Rifles, which will either be read through, combed through, or picked through by summer's end.
what are you reading this summer?