Hello bloggers and blog readers. This is my new page I am adding to my blog. Since graduating college I’ve found out something wonderful!!! I can finally read for pleasure!!! No more boring text books just books that I want to read. Now I don’t know about anyone else but I can read the same genre easily. Mystery novels are a downfall for me. Anne Rule, Patricia Cornwell etc. they are delicious and I could just keep reading them. I understand that I have a slight co-dependency on these books so I’ve decided to venture out of my vice genre and read other books to keep myself well rounded.
I’ve decided to create a summer reading list that includes a variety of books in a variety of genres. I will detail the list of 20 books below along with author and page number. I am going to start reading from my list as soon as I finish my current book, Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters, which I am about half way through. I will be reading all summer long in the hopes of finishing my list. My list includes, 2 or 3 very long books, some mystery, several classics, and other books that I have seen and purchased but haven’t read yet…I even have a historical biography and a book about Influenza.
Here is the list:
- The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming A Life Through the Pages of A Lost Journal, Lily Koppel, p. 320
- Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, Melanie Rehak, p. 314
- The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn, p. 508
- The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova, p. 642
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, p. 259
- Catch 22, Joseph Heller, p. 463
- Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut, p. 215
- In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, p. 343
- The Great Influenza, John Barry, p. 462
- The Longest Night, Gavin Mortimer, p. 345
- Every Breath You Take, Ann Rule, p. 667
- If You Really Loved Me, Ann Rule, p. 604
- Washington The Indispensible Man, James Thomas Flexner, p. 402
- A Death In Belmont, Sebastian Junger, p. 260
- Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs, p. 315
- The Virgin Suicides, Jeffery Eugenides, p. 249
- Blink, Malcolm Gladwell, p. 276
- Little Children, Tom Perrotta, p. 355
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy, p. 287
- The City of Falling Angels, p. John Berendt, p. 398
So here is the deal you can join me in my quest of reading this summer either by following along with the same reading list or creating your own. There are no criteria as to what books you choose to read when. I will share my thoughts about the books I read along the way. Please feel free to share your thought and experiences with these books. Also, I’m looking for suggestions for good books too (perhaps suggestions on good gay lit.)!!!!
So by my calculations I have about 7,684 pages to read over a span of 92 days meaning, on average, I will have to read about 84 pages out of a book a day to complete my list…..that is a lot (I’m not going to lie). Good Luck and Happy Reading!!!!!
6-11-08 UPDATE So far I have finished three of my books, #’s 1, 15, and 16 totalling around 884 pages! The books are good so far. I started a week earlier than intended in my reading because I finished my other book earlier than expected. I am currently at work, kinda bored and just finished book #15 and have nothing to read from my list. I’m thinking I am going to pick up Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert p. 334, just because I am desperate to read something…I should have brought my Nancy Drew bio with me to work! Let me know if you are reading!
7-1-08 UPDATE: So I am currently stuck. I am half way done with Slaughterhouse 5 and I had to put the Nancy Drew Biography down…it is a smidge of a slow read. I am below what I should have read for the month of June. I was hoping for 5 books to be done by the end of June and I currently stand at 3 done, and 2 incomplete. I am going to have to step up my game in the upcoming month to finish some books. Now I think it might be time to break out a few of the gratuitious beach reads…some Ann Rule!!!!
7-10-08 UPDATE: I have finished Slaughter House 5 and I am now starting If You Really Loved Me by Ann Rule…I need a good beach read!
8-26-08 UPDATE: Okay I know I know I’ve slacked…I’ll admit defeat. I didn’t read all my books this summer. I got to caught up in all my fun outdoorsy activities and weddings that I had to attend. What I have decided to do is give myself September and October to finish my list. That way I will have the winter months to have a new list of books…perhaps not 20 this time….don’t hate me…I was just busy
10-1-08 UPDATE: So I have now finished two more books and I’m beginning to notice a pattern….depressing books. Little Children was good but sad to some extent. It focused on unhappy marriages, infidelities etc. Just overall sad, but I have to say I loved the ending. The characters standing there smoking it was just, I don’t know, good. I also finished The Road….heart breaking is all I have to say. I have to admit it was a quick read. If you like good grammer and proper puncuation you won’t find it in this book. But, I believe, that is part of the charm of the book. It isn’t traditional nor does it have a tradition theme to it. I liked it a lot, but a friend of mine, who is an English major, hated it. It was very sad period. I think I am going to either read Blink or Death in Belmont next.