June is two weeks away, and we are almost done with school. That means: MORE READING TIME! Maybe I am being overly ambitious, but recently I have been able to juggle three books a month, plus books that I read aloud to my children. It has helped to estimate how long I think I need to read a book and then schedule it, which is what I am doing here by putting a list together of books I should read or want to read through summer. I may not be able to do it, but I will try.
The Chronicles of Narnia - Cleo @ Classical Carousel has inspired me to read the entire series (with my kids); and since we have already read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we will skip that one.
War and Peace - I expect this one to take all summer (three months, at least). And I think I have a reading partner who said she would read it, too. And maybe I can get her mom to read along with us. Reading partners are encouraging.
My Ántonia - I really want to read this second book by Willa Cather.
The Hunger Games - With all certainty, I love dystopian-type themes, like 1984 and Brave New World. I liked the movie, so I think I'll like the book.
Confessions - This one is a for-sure read because it is my first biography on TWEM list.
The Book of Margery Kempe - This is the second biography, and I am hoping to get to it this summer.
Mourt's Relation - This book, and the next two are all super short books on the Puritans in America. I have had them forever, and after reading William Bradford's journal, I am inspired to read more about the Pilgrim's. If I complete one or more of these, I will add them to my History Reading Challenge.
The Puritan Dilemma
The History of the Kings of Britain - I want to take a break from Howard Pyle next month (as I finish up Sir Launcelot by Pyle this month), but I would like to read another book for my Arthurian challenge.
Little Women - A very long time ago, Jillian suggested that I add this title to my Classics Club list, so I may even consider reading it to my girls. Once I took my 6-year old (who is now 14) to see a play version of Little Women, and at intermission I asked her if she understood what was going on. She said, "Yes. And, for some reason, Christopher Columbus must be her (Jo's) dad." Anyway, she has since read the book a few times, and it is one of her favorites.
Possession - I am determined to revisit this one and finish it!
There are others that I want to read, too, like Catch-22, and The Catcher in the Rye; and while some people continue to talk about Hemingway, I have a desire to reread The Old Man and the Sea. Then that makes me start thinking about Steinbeck, and I want to reread The Pearl. But I need to stop while I am ahead because now my appetite overwhelms my ability. So enough.
So, what are your summer reading plans?