Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Getting All Goaled Up

So, as I mentioned a while back, one of my main goals for the summer is to read at least four books.  That goal, while four books is one more than the average American reads in a year, that's a conservative goal for me.  I am sure that, in six weeks, I will complete more than four books; however, I'd rather aim low and be proud of my modest accomplishment than to totally crap out on a huge goal.
In any event, I thought I would make you all aware of some of the books that are in my queue between now and the end of my vacation.  Some of these books are must reads for me and some are just for fun.  Whatever my reason for reading them, I don't watch a lot of TV and I've scaled back my Netflix subscription so I should, in theory, have time to read them. 
So.  Here are some of my possible reading selections:
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (teaching it)
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (teaching it)
  • Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West (teaching it)
  • The Inferno by Dante (teaching it)
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith (teaching it)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (teaching it)
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (teaching it)
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (teaching it)
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (teaching it)
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers (teaching it)
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (teaching it)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (teaching it)
  • Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin (for fun)
  • The White Album by Joan Didion (for fun)
  • A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein (for fun)
  • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (for fun; completing it)
So, what would you like to tuck into this summer?  What do you think about my (extensive) reading list?

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