Monday, June 10, 2013

My Summer Reading List 2013


The year is nearly half over, and my list of books I wanted to read in 2013 has gone sorely untouched. Summer lends lots of opportunities for reading - at least for me it does, and I hope it does for you as well! I know I'll be able to sneak in chapters in the wee early morning hours if I get up with the sun, on hot, lazy days at the park, or while on vacation at the beach or even in hotel rooms whilst my littles sleep.

I'm hoping to not only make progress on my 2013 list, but also cash in on some recommendations from Facebook and Twitter (@twoOsPlusMore) friends. I also have an ongoing list on my Pinterest board: Books to Check Out, so if for some reason I need more, there's an everlasting pile-up there. So, if you're looking for ideas, feel free to glean from the list below, or check out the Pinterest board.

Here's which lovely stories and deep thinkers will be joining my days these next few months. Without further ado,


The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

I'm a huge fan of Great Gatsby, but I was thoroughly umimpressed with Tender is the Night. I am, however, giving Fitzgerald another go with his Shorts.



The Watsons;: Jane Austen's fragment continued and completed by John Coates
I figure this'll be a hit or miss - I've never read JA's story fragment, and I think when someone else finishes an unfinished story, only about half the time do they do the original justice.



Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles 
A recommendation from a friend that I'm excited to dig into. A fictional piece set in  the late1930s in NYC and centering around the life of a young woman in her mid-twenties.




Mariana by Monica Dickens
Also a recommendation, this book, first published in 1940, promises to be a detailed account of a young woman and her experiences that cause her to mature. And if you were wondering, yup, the author is related to Charles Dickens - his great-granddaughter.



Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody 
This book, the first in a series, follows the Moody family as they transplant from a New England town into the plains of Colorado.



Cordelia Underwood: Or the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid
Another one out of a series, this is an adventurous tale of a young lady from Maine in 1896. Everyone loves an adventurous lady, or at least I do...



Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
Set in England, this story tells of a young heroine in a small village who aids her fellow man when the Plague arrives in their town in 1666. I typically enjoy a good historical fiction - focus on the word 'good,' and this one promises to be so and came highly recommended.



Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
A fantastical tale by the Children's author of the classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I feel every Summer book list needs a children's book or two.



Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley 
The title is mostly self telling as to what this book holds. I'm intrigued, and thus it made the list.



Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
This one was on my 2013 as a whole List, and it has been on my Hold List at the library for awhile now. I'm hoping I'll obtain my copy in the next month or so, and then I can finally begin the memoir that inspired the PBS series of the same name.



The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion by Peter Kreeft
Another from my 2013 List, this is obviously a bit more heady than the above fictional selection, but as it's written as a dialogue, I think it'll go pretty quickly. And, we already own it, so I might as well pick it up and start.


Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen
This has been highly recommended to me countless times, and I own it, AND it's on my 2013 List as a whole, so here it concludes my Summer reading.


What do you plan to read this Summer? Any great books you'd recommend I add to my "future" reading list? Please share in the comments something you want to read or something you've read that was delightful! Happy Summer Reading!


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7 comments:

  1. Just finished "Call the Midwife". Loved it!! And just realized it was part of a trilogy, so I think I'll be adding the next two books to the library list. Happy reading

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    1. I just saw that the other day, too! So excited to get my hands on Book 1!

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  2. Let me know what you think about Rules of Civility...

    I've always wanted to read Fantastic Mr. Fox too! I think if I wait a year or two I can read it aloud...I think it'd be a hit!

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    1. Have you read it or just curiosity? I'm intrigued, and it was a recommendation from a friend who has similar taste to me.

      Did you see the movie about Fantastic Mr. Fox that came out a few years back? That was my first intro to the story, but I enjoy Roald Dahl, so I think it'll be fun. =)

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  3. I loved Man of the Family by Ralph Moody and would really like to get the whole series. Unfortunately, they're hard to find as "bargain" books, so I've been putting it off!!

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    1. I have been searching for it at the local libraries, but I haven't had luck finding it. =/ Hopefully soon! I really want to read it and have it as an approved book for my boys as they get older.

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  4. I *almost* bought Matilda from Goodwill the other day... love me my Roald Dahl, although my mother always hated him because he left his wife when she had cancer? The remarks you remember your parents made..

    Loved this book list: will be coming back to it this summer! I think I need a Kindle again. And an amazon gift card.

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