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?