Wednesday, June 3, 2015

summer reading list

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I'll let you in on a Sort Of secret. I've actually never compiled a summer reading list for myself. I never liked the idea of it. That's no fun, I thought. It's like ... schoolwork or something. It's like a cage. "Read this. Don't read that." I liked the freedom of choosing what I wanted to read, and reading it when I wanted to read it. However, I've noticed my reading declining steadily in the past, well, year, and I'm beginning to realize that having a reading list might, in fact, pique my interest again in the written word. Plus I have several books on my shelf that need to be read. (For although I may struggle with actually reading books as of late, I've had no problem buying new ones. Because books are so pretty, guys!)

- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty White -

- Emma by Jane Austen -

- The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -

- Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott -

- Resist by Emily Ann Putzke -

- The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis -

- Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge -

- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott -

- Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl -

The first four books have been on my shelf for quite some time now -- except A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, actually. I picked that one up at a used bookstore just a couple weeks ago. It was a rather spontaneous purchase, too. I can't resist pretty, used books. Anyway, those four need to be read because I own them. It's a fact.

Resist is actually not published yet. Fortunately, I'm pretty good friends with the author. ;) And I've been recruited to help edit it. (Okay, okay ... I was asked to help edit it, to which I responded "YES!" quite heartily.)

I've only read The Horse and His Boy once in my lifetime. I picked up this little copy as well at the used bookstore, after having a discussion with a man at my church about the Narnia books. He mentioned this one, and I recalled I hadn't read it in a very long time. I knew I needed to fix that as soon as possible.

Captivating was recommended by a lady I like to consider my second mother. I'm already halfway into it, and so far, a good portion of it has been very good for the soul.

Naturally, Little Women is a reread. I have several reasons for wanting to reread it, one of which is the fact that I haven't read it in a very long time. I miss the characters.

Starflower. Chloe, I'm looking at you. ;) Chloe gave me Starflower about eight-ish months ago to borrow. Ashamedly, I never ended up reading it. I still want to read it, however, even though I returned it to her a short while ago while attending her graduation party. (Hey, on that note, here's a public congratulations to you, friend!) All that to say, we've both decided I'm coming back to her house soon to borrow it. Then I'll have to return to her house to return it to her. So you see, it's all a very good method. I get to see her at least twice in the process. Very good, very good.

WHAT SORT OF BOOKS ARE YOU READING THIS SUMMER?

19 comments:

  1. What a great list! A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorites and Sherlock Holmes stories are always a treat.

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    1. I've never read a Sherlock Holmes story, so I'm pretty excited to delve into it. ^.^ And I'm glad to hear you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! I've heard so many good things about it, and yet I still haven't a very good clue on what the story is about. Some books are fun like that, though. You don't know what you're getting into until you jump. :)

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  2. This is a great list - I WILL check these out for this summer! :))

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    1. Ooh, you should! Then let me know what you think of them. :)

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  3. I doing sshoolwork through the summer but I do hope to get some reading done :) Have you read An Old Fashioned Girl by Louis Alcott? It's one fo my absolute favorites! I haven't read Little Women yet :/ Sorry for the typos Im having some weird typing problem on my tablet...

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    1. I have read An Old Fashioned Girl! I enjoyed it, but it's not my favorite Alcott book. I love Little Women, though. You definitely ought to give that a read this summer! :) Another good Alcott is Eight Cousins. My mom first read that aloud to my siblings and I when we were little, and it's been a favorite of mine ever since!

      (Also, no worries about the typos! I totally understand. :))

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  4. My reading has kind of declined throughout the school year as well, but I am so looking forward to the summer because I know I'll have much more time to read. I, too, want to read Emma and Little Women as I just got them from a used book sale. I haven't read either of those, but I'm really excited to do. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and even though I've never read a Louisa May Alcott book (shocker, I know!), but I think I read abridged versions when I was real little. Also, Starflower is amazing! We meet Imraldera, and she's become one of my favorite characters in the series.

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    1. Oh, you MUST read Little Women! Especially if you intend on reading Ain't We Got Fun. :) (Or were you following along when we posted them on the blogs? I can't remember, haha!) Like I told Eliza, another good Louisa May Alcott book is Eight Cousins. :) I love that one.

      Ah, I'm really eager to read Starflower! I adored Moonblood, and I've heard that Starflower is just as good, if not better!

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    2. I know! I'm so excited to read it, and I expect that I'll love Jo since she's a writer. No, I wasn't following along with Ain't We Got Fun, but I definitely want to read because I'm a huge fan of Great Depression historical fiction. It's my third favorite time period to read about after WWII and the Pioneer Era. Oh, and I also have Eight Cousins, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      I adore all of the books, but they get better with every passing book. I'm sure you'll love Starflower!

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  5. What a great reading list! I also really enjoyed Little Women, I have read that one a few times. :-)

    ~ Sarah Leana of A Mighty Flame

    wethreesparks.wordpress.com

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    1. Ah, yes, I love Little Women. :) Thank you for commenting, Sarah!

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  6. Yay for summer reading lists!! It's so exciting to see my book on your list! =) I really want to read something by Anne Elisabeth Stengl ... I'll have to add Starflower to my "to-read" list. And I still haven't read Emma but I have seen the 2010 mini series (WHICH IS THE BEST EVER) but I seriously need to read it. And I must read more by Louisa May Alcott because Little Women is just the most wonderful book and I need more of her writing. =) Oh man ... my summer reading list is getting HUGE.

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    1. Ooh, okay, you ought to read Veiled Rose first. Not because it's the best one, but because it preludes Moonblood, which is my favorite Stengl book that I've read so far. So after you read Veiled Rose, read Moonblood. It might help you understand Starflower better, too. ^.^

      Ah, I want to see this miniseries now!!

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  7. So many good books on this list! Emma, The Horse and His Boy, and Little Women all have special places on my shelf! As for me, I will finally finish The Lord of the Ring trilogy and maybe read Cinder. Or maybe I will just wait until the final book comes out for Cinder... The struggle.

    Lovely post!

    Hannah from Grace in Everything

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    1. Ah, I've heard good things about Cinder! I actually gave it to my sister-in-law for her birthday, and she loved it. If you read it, you must tell me your thoughts! :) Also ... Little Women and The Horse and His Boy will always have a special place in my heart too.

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  8. Wow, lovely list, Emily! I love a bunch of books on there, and a bunch of others I'm dying to read, too. Emma is my favorite Jane Austen book!

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    1. Ah, that makes me excited to read Emma! Thanks, Hannah :)

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  9. Starflower is clearly the most important book on this list... for obvious reasons. XD And just think, when you come back to return it (and subsequently gush over it), you can borrow more books, and the happy cycle will continue! I also may have squealed seeing Emma and Little Women on your list, two favorites of mine (you knew that already) and perfect summer reading. The latter in particular has a tendency of turning me into a weepy puddle of sentimentality. <3

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    1. Remind me to text you as soon as possible. ;) And as for Emma, I can't wait to read it! Summer has officially begun.

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