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Today I’m sharing my summer reading list. And since I’m a geek, it’s a lot of fantasy and sci-fi. I’m reading primarily from our own collection of books this summer. Because I was a wise, wise woman I married a man with an impressive collection of books. *swoon* Okay, he is amazing is many, many other ways, too, that are far more than his collection of books. I haven’t had a chance to read most of them. For the first several years of our marriage, most of our books were packed up and we moved a lot (that’s a story for another day). But we are finally in a place where we can have all our books out on shelves, and it is a beautiful thing.
Now onto my picks for this summer!
Many of these are re-reads or ones I’ve started but haven’t finished. Many of the ones I’m re-reading I haven’t read since high school. And this list may look a little ambitious, but two things to know:
-I’m a fast reader. Tim frequently tells me he can’t understand how I can read so fast and actually retain what I’m reading. But I do.
-I’m fine with taking longer than summer to get through them all. I’m not in a rush.
Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern – Volume 1)
by Anne McCaffery
I’ve read part of this book, but have never made it all the way through (though I have read some of her other books). We own almost the entire collection of Dragonriders of Pern books (they were my grandma’s) and I would love to eventually read them all.
by George MacDonald
Tim lent this book to me before we started dating. His advice was that this was not a book or story to read to get “through” it – it’s meant to be enjoyed and savored. This is one of the few books I purposefully read slowly. Tim ended up giving me my own copy when we started dating. He even wrote a beautiful note inside.
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexander Dumas
I read this book in high school (for fun, not class), and loved it. You’d think it’d be a beastly book to get through because of it’s size, but it’s very enjoyable, and I think that’s largely due to this particular translation. So if you’ve attempted to read this book and couldn’t get through it, I’d highly recommend Penguin Classics version that I linked and see if you enjoy it more. I’m really looking forward to re-reading this one.
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
This one isn’t pictured because I’ll be reading my Kindle version. And this is currently free on the Kindle store (I’m not sure for how long though), so if you don’t own a copy you should snag one. I was watching Pride and Prejudice the other day and got in the mood to re-read this book. I’m one of those people who enjoys both the 6 hour Pride and Prejudice and the Keira Knightley version, just depending on the mood I’m in.
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time book 1)
by Robert Jordan
I tried to read this in high school and only got through the first chapter. I just didn’t enjoy it. So I’m giving it another go.
by Isaac Asimov
Another one that Tim’s been recommending to me for a while. Eventually I’d love to read all of Asimov’s books (which Tim owns most of).
by Terry Pratchett
Tim gave this book to me for Christmas a couple years ago. I read nearly all of it, but for some reason never quite finished it, so it’s going on the list for this summer. We adore Terry Pratchett’s books, and was so sad to learn of him passing away earlier this year.
Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles Volume 1)
by Margarent Weis and Tracy Hickman
This is a book Tim has been encouraging me to read for years. I even started it last year and was really enjoying it. But I’m going to actually get through it this time. It’s a story written by some people based on a Dungeons and Dragons game they were playing.
The Writing Life
by Annie Dillard
I re-read this book every couple of years because it’s a mix of inspirational and interesting. I’ll read this one slowly and in little snippets here and there as opposed to plowing straight through it.
I’m also planning to read some business books here and there. And I’m hoping to post some books I’m going to read with the boys this summer another day.
What’s on your summer reading list?