Summer Reading List

Friday, June 17, 2016


After sharing my summer bucket list last week, I wanted to go more specific and share with you the books I plan on reading this summer. If you're a fellow book nerd, you know that one of the best parts of summer is having a little more time to read the books that you want to read, at the pace you want to read them.

For me, this means I get to delve into an odd mixture of biographies on historical figures (one of my quirkier loves), a good classic novel, for rainy days, and some form of fast fiction, for fun. So here's what I'm [somewhat optimistically] hoping to accomplish!

1. ALEXANDER HAMILTON BY RON CHERNOW
I actually wanted to read this before the Hamilton revolution hit the theatre world by storm (hurricane?). But I put it on my to-read list and forgot about it for a while, until the musical reminded me. This is the one book I've already started, but since summer has already started too, I'm considering it fair. I've been reading it for about 11/2 weeks and I'm 60 pages in, so this is definitely going to be a slower piece to chew through these next 2 months. I'm in for the long haul and I'm really enjoying it so far. :)

2. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND JEREMY MCCARTER
This is more of a insider look at the musical than a book, per se, but I'm throwing it in here because it's definitely more than a magazine, and I do plan on reading the whole thing. I recently purchased it off Amazon, and there is a wealth of fascinating information about stage productions in general and Hamilton more specifically in it that I've seen just from flipping through. I'm excited to really dive in and learn more (because tickets to the show itself just aren't an option at this point...:P)

3. BEOWULF, TRANSLATED BY TOLKIEN
I read this for the first time in British Literature last fall, and while the story was enjoyable, the translation was in "modern prose", which for me just threw off the entire folklore atmosphere that I love so much about old literature. Thus, I plan to re-read Tolkien's translation - because if anyone knows how to keep the folklore alive while still speaking in english, it's him.

4. THE DISCARDED IMAGE BY C.S. LEWIS
Another book I recently purchased (the library doesn't have it, and I finally gave in). This is a book I've been saying I would read for far too long, so purchasing it is one step closer to actually taking in the words. Now I have no excuse not to, right?

5. OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET; THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH BY LEWIS
 Another choice spurred by British Lit: I really enjoyed reading Perelandra this spring, and I want to complete the trilogy!

6. WHY NOT ME? BY MINDY KALING
This book intrigued me: I want to read at least a bit of it, and if I like it - who knows? I may read the whole thing. (It certainly seems like a nice easy read for vacation days...)

7. EVERLAND BY WENDY SPINALE
A retelling of Peter Pan, set during World War II - who wouldn't want to read this? I know nothing about the author, so we will have to see about her talent as an author - but at the outset, I'm looking forward to reading yet another fairytale, to give my brain a break between the pages of Beowulf and Hamilton.

"Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage." -C.S. Lewis

If you'd like to hear more about what books I'm reading, you can find me on Goodreads here!

What books do you want to read this summer?


10 comments

  1. Yay! Book lists! My favorite! Haha...literally just started Alexander Hamilton: A Life by Willard Sterne Randall yesterday! What can I say? Great musical obsessed minds think alike. :) And why I definitely want to read the Chernow biography (it inspired such greatness!) I'm really, really, really, one-hundred-pages-in-one-day, loving Randall's. Otherwise...what am I reading...a disappointing Sara Gruen book...When Breath Becomes Air (amazing!)...Life in the Frontal Lobe...and I just picked up a few light reads from the library before hitting the Russian literature hard (War and Peace, Crime and Punishment and Dr. Zhivago are in the line up). Happy Summer Reading!

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    1. Oh! And Shape of the Eye by George Estreich and A Good Year by Peter Mayle...just finished both fantastic in completely different way. :)

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    2. Ooh that must be a good bio then! I might want to read that one next...haha. The only time I can remember burning through a biography at that pace was with "Enchantment: the Life of Audrey Hepburn", which is, by-the-way, fantastic (if you like biographies).

      I really need to do some more Russian literature - that's one area where I'm sadly lacking when it comes to classic novels, lol. ;P I should have put Anna Karenina in this list, as I'll probably at least attempt to read that this summer as well...But we'll see!

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  2. You definitely should read "Why Not Me." Say what you will about Mindy Kaling (I happen to really like her), she's a TALENTED and HILARIOUS woman. It's worth a read.

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    1. Hey, if you recommend it, I know it's going to be good. Thanks! :)

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  3. These all sound really good, I really want to read Hamilton's biography.

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  4. Oh you seem to have a similar taste as me! Thanks for sharing, I'm always looking for a good recommendation :)

    Kristina does the Internets

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  5. Oh, Beowulf is one of my favorites! I found a copy in a secondhand bookshop and fell in love with it immediately. The story, the writing, everything! I later studied it in a Brit Lit college class. I think my secondhand book translation was better than theirs, but the insights were really great! But Tolkien has a translation too!? Okay, so maybe I need to give it a third reread. :D

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  6. I read Hamilton: The Revolution and thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Everland sounds really good....I'll have to check it out.

    I'm currently reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to my little brother and re-reading Plenilune.

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  7. Great list! I have a copy of C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves that I've been meaning to read for forever. I hope you enjoy your books and that I can to that one this summer:)

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