Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What I Hope to Read This Summer

Summer time is reading time.

I've got high hopes for reading at least some of these books in my ten weeks of summer. I've read a little in each of these:




Far From the Madding Crowd
The Glass Bead Game
As I Lay Dying
Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans



Here's my complete current TBR, if I need more:

The Eight                              Raw Shark Texts
Amy and Isabelle                       Jellicoe Road
The Professor and the Madman             Before I Fall
You Know When the Men Are Gone         Strange Pilgrims
Queen of the Tambourine             Two Old Women
Home Cooking                    Between Meals
Lila (reread)                    Courage for Beginners
Perdido Street Station              The Masters of Go
ZAMM (reread)                  The Sound of the Mountain
The Tin Drum                              One Crazy Summer
First-Time Around the World                        Rain Reign
The Night Circus                     Appointment in Samarra
The Heat of the Day                Waiting for Snow in Havana
Out of My Mind                               Beloved
City of Dreaming Books        The Lost Art of Mixing

Have you read any of these? Are there any I should read first? I'd love to hear what you think.


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39 comments:

  1. Far From the Madding Crowd was very good... just finished it a few weeks ago!

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    1. I vaguely remember reading it in high school....I think I'll appreciate it a lot more now.

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  2. I really enjoyed reading The Night Circus last year.

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  3. A lot of books on your tbr, as it should be!
    Many titles are new to me!
    Happy reading, have fun!

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  4. As I Lay Dying is quite brilliant. Night Circus is pretty good, entertaining. I really liked Before I Fall. Honestly I do not remember much of Far From the Madding Crowd but should probably revisit it. Good list here. Happy Reading. ~Beth @ Perpetual New Girl

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    1. So far, I've made inroads into the top four, at least a couple of chapters. I will be very happy if I finish all four of these. Then I've got the nice stack of TBRs. And who knows what might come in at the library?

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  5. Great list Deb! I've been meaning to re-read Far from the Madding Crowd; I read it years ago but didn't quite like it. Maybe time will give me a different impression of the story. Happy reading this summer :)

    My TTT

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    1. I'm just a couple of chapters into Far, but it's pretty compelling so far. Seems eminently do-able after reading Middlemarch all winter and spring.

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  6. Wow, that is quite an impressive list of books on your TBR! As I Lay Dying is one of those books that has been on my TBR for what seems like forever, but I have never gotten to.

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    1. I was expecting it to be intimidating, but it's quite readable and rather short.

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  7. I loved The Night Circus. Waiting for Snow in Havana was quite good as was The Lost Art of Mixing.

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  8. I see Before I Fall in there. That's one of my favorite books ever. Great tbr you have lined up! I hope you enjoy them all!

    My TTT

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  9. Courage for Beginners was an interesting book, the author relates Mysti's inner thoughts with little sentences like, "Here is a girl listening to songs that speak to her soul ....." I also liked the way she made up names for the people around her "Girl Who Likes Horses" and "Women Who Goes Somewhere." Rain Reign is about a girl with Asperger's syndrome and is sad but with a nice ending.

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    1. I loved the first book I read by the author of Courage for Beginners.

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  10. I have a copy of Jellicoe Road and many people seems to like it! Hope we both enjoy it :)

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  11. I'm probably one of the few who liked As I Lay Dying. I hope you will too. Far From the Madding Crowd is one I'm curious about. I liked The Raw Shark Texts when I read it a few years ago--it's very different, which was one of the things I liked about it. I hope you get a chance to read it--not many people I know have.

    I hope you have a wonderful summer of reading!

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    1. Shark Texts was recommended by a lot of independent booksellers and that made me curious.

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  12. The only one I've read is The Lost Art of Mixing which I liked but not as much as the first book - something about Essential Ingredients. I adored that book and they were wonderful in audio. I see several on your list that I want to read though. Enjoy your reading this summer! Looks like you're stocked!

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    1. I'm very interested in a book on your summer list, The Little Paris Bookshop. I hope I'll get a copy of that one during Paris in July.

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  13. Deb, you definitely should read You Know When The Men Are Gone. Such a powerful book - really a set of stories. Austin did that book as a Mayor's Club book several years ago when I was still working for the library and moderating the book group that read general fiction/non fic. I had quite a little email correspondence for a while with the author. At that time, her husband was stationed in Jordan and she and her son were with him. That's probably not possible now. Anyway, I loved that book. Wish she would write another.

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  14. I personally am not a fan of Faulkner at all, and As I Lay Dying is my least favorite of his, but maybe you have kinder feelings towards him! I just bought Far From the Madding Crowd, and I hope I'll be able to start that soon!

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    1. I'm surprised at how funny Far from the Madding Crowd is.

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  15. I've only read As I Lay Dying. I'm not a huge fan of Faulkner, and having read three...I'm pretty much an expert. Of the three, I liked this the best. Liked is not really the right word; it's not a happy tale, but goodness Faulkner does indeed paint a poignant picture with words.

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  16. Far from the Madding Crown sounds like a great pick. The new movie is supposed to be amazing, so I'm most anxious to see it - especially given my obsession with period drama. :)

    Thanks for visiting Dreaming Under the Same Moon, Deb. Visit anytime. :)

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  17. There are so many great books on your list! I still need to read Before I Fall. It's been sitting on my list for forever, and I never seem to have time to get to it. I must read it soon. :)

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  18. I'm hoping to read Hadry's Tess this summer, but I would love to read Far From the Madding Crowd so I can watch the newest movie adaptation! I will be interested to hear what you think about it if you read it this summer.
    Thanks for stopping by the The Local Muse

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  19. Far from the Madding Crowd reads like a contemporary novel at times. It's such a surprise to me after just finishing the-very-different Middlemarch.

    Here's my Wordless Wednesday!

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  20. Far From the Madding Crowd, because of the movie. (I haven't seen it yet and am probably due a re-read, too.)

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  21. I love Before I Fall. It's my first Lauren Oliver book and I immediately fell in love with it. Hope you enjoy your summer reads! Happy Reading! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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  22. My favorite shots are the trees and water moccasin!

    Thanks for dropping by!

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  23. If I could suggest maybe edging 'The Night Circus' and 'Perdido Street Station' a little higher up the pile? They're both among my favourite books :)

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  24. If I could suggest maybe edging 'Perdido Street Station' and 'The Night Circus' a little higher up the pile? They're both among my favourite books :)

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