Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer reading list.

I have a review of The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway for you.... but I don't want to write it tonight because it is getting late. But I figured I had better post something so I decided on my summer reading list! Usually I just read whatever I want to.... but this year I've compiled a list of books that either a) have to be read because they are due at the library soon b) have been sitting on my shelf for a number of months begging to be read, or c) they are on my huge list (over 150 titles) of Books To Read Before I Die.

So, without further ado, my summer reading list!

1. The Future Door by Jason Lethcoe.
Remember the No Place Like Holmes book I did a review on a long time ago? It was the sort of Steampunk-ish book about the kid who moves into 221c Baker Street...?
The Future Door is the sequel. I bought it in April with a gift card from Christmas.... It involves time travel, so that should be fun to read!

2. Crater by Homer Hickam.
Homer Hickam is supposedly a well-known author... He wrote a book called Rocket Boys which is a memoir about his time working with rockets. It was made into a movie, October Sky.
Crater is the first novel in a trilogy that Mr. Hickam wrote for young people (such as myself!). Crater's cover drew me to it. It is about a boy, named Crater, who lives on the moon mining Helium-3. Then he runs into adventure.... That's about all I know about it. But it looked intriguing. And I had to spend the gift card on something!
The other day when we were at a different Christian bookstore, I saw the sequel, Crescent. It has an equally stunning cover.... but I have to read the first one first!


3. A bunch of random Agatha Christie stuff.
I've been buying some of her books at thrift stores for cheap.... so I have quite a small pile to read now! Death on the Nile, Dead Man's Folly, Miss Marple Short Story Collection.... Just to name a few. Also Murder at the Vicarage which has to go back to the library soon - so I'd better start reading it!

4. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
I follow this one blogger who loves this book. It mildly interested me and I made a note to read it eventually.... Then I found out that a movie was being made and that Harrison Ford was going to be in it. I'm a big Harrison Ford fan so I decided that maybe I should read the book, just in case I go see the movie.
But, of course, the library has a million holds on it (because everyone else is thinking the same way as me - read the book before the movie comes out! This happened with The Great Gatsby too. Luckily we bought our copy last August, before the big movie-rush came). So I put a hold on two copies... hopefully it will come in soon. But not too soon, as I would really like to read it next month, when we're camping.

5. Emma by Jane Austin (and perhaps some of her other work as well).
My mom and I LOVE BBC's production of Emma starring Ramola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller.


And I've been meaning to read the book for awhile now.... It seems like a good summer read, and I've been craving some Jane Austin.... so it works out perfectly! I'll probably start this one very soon. As soon as I finish Fever Crumb and The Penderwicks series.

6. Sew, it's a Quest and Do You Take This Quest? by Kendra E. Ardnek.
Kendra is a fellow blogger of mine and I've been meaning to read her books for a bit now.... But I'm a paperback kind of person, so I've been waiting for her second book in her Bookania series to come out in paperback. Six more days!

These next few are questionable.... AKA, it depends if I feel like reading them or not:

7. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.
I read Anne of Green Gables in 2011 (I think) because my mom said I would really enjoy it. I didn't really enjoy it. But I think that was my own fault.... I was reading it more for her sake than mine and I probably would have rather been reading something else. Something not classical-ish.
But now I think I would really enjoy this book! So it's on my reading list for now. I would really like to read all of Anne's books.

8. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss.
Once upon a time my family and I went on vacation somewhere and listened to The Swiss Family Robinson in the car to and from. This must have been prior to 2010... But I remember really, really enjoying the book. I have been meaning to re-read it for awhile now. Just typing about it makes me excited to read it. Perhaps I'll save this one for camping as well (I have a whole pile of books that I want to take camping with me. And we'll only be there a week!)

9. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Several of my friends have read this recently and enjoyed it.... and so I thought I'd give it a try!

10. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain.
This is another book that has to go back to the library soon... It is about an American who is thrown back in time to King Arthur's time! It looks very funny and hopefully I can get it read before it has to go back to the library. Otherwise, I'll just have to take it out again.

11. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.
This is a Vancouver Sun classic... number five, I believe. I don't know too much about the story, but what I do know sounds interesting. We'll see if I get to it.

12. The Magic Bicycle by John Bibee.
This is the first in a series. My dad read it to me a long time ago and I remember it frightened me... I was a little too young for it, I think. But he loves the series.
Now I think I would probably really enjoy it too. It's about a boy who finds a magical bicycle (if memory serves me right).
Plus it has a super cool cover:


13. George Gershwin. His Life and Works by Howard Pollack.
This is MASSIVE biography about, well, George Gershwin. Gershwin was a composer during the Jazz Age. He is most known for Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris.


This biography deals with his life and his works.... But it is so huge I don't know if I will read it all. It's 800 pages long! We'll see about that.....

14. Just 'cause I don't want thirteen.... not that I'm superstitious or anything. Fourteen is just a better number. Maybe this last book has something to do with it... I don't know:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Because the second half of the movie will be coming out in December, and I have to re-re-read The Hobbit before then. And no, I didn't put too many "re's." I just recently re-read The Hobbit (April of 2012, I believe) but I need to re-re-read it again... so that I know what's to happen in the movie and where P. Jackson takes liberties.
I'll also probably read the appendixes at the end of The Return of the King because a bunch of stuff from the Hobbit movies is supposed to come from there....

How about all you? Do you have any big summer reading plans?

Live long and prosper!


  1. I enjoyed "The Magic Bicycle" because I thought it was a great story full of youth-full adventure AND because it has some incredible spiritual allegories. It is definitely worth a read.

  2. Ooh, I really want to read Ender's Game sometime soon too, mostly because that's the sort of stuff I read. Plus, my book club director is also the senior English teacher, and she had to teach a unit on dystopian and that title came up a few times. (I know am eager to take her class; it sounds like so much fun!!) If you get to it before I do, let me know how it is!

  3. Looks like you have quite the list! I'm honored to have Take and Sew make it. (And it will be out Wednesday! No more delays for this book!)

    I am ashamed to say that I have only made it through two of the Jane Austen novels, Emma and Pride and Prejudice. I really need to read the rest, especially since I have all except Sense and Sensibility on my Kindle. (I'd love to be a paperback person, but my pocketbook just won't support that lifestyle) S&S, however, I have on my bookshelf, and its been there for years, so I really don't have any excuse ...