Emily's Reading Mission

summerreading First: if you're here by way of Kiersten of She is Fierce, welcome!  I'm sponsoring her this month and so far it's been really great.  Welcome, have a look around :)

As I mentioned in my post about Mindy Kaling's book, one day I said to myself, "Self: why don't I read more books?"  So far since I've made this life change to read more books like I used to, I've read The Cider House Rules, East of Eden, and Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (And Other Concerns).  I'm more than halfway done with To Kill a Mockingbird, and I'm love love loving it.  I had read it when I was in 8th grade, but I have almost no recollection of it...which brings me to my next point:

I've decided that not only am I going to read more, but I'm going to re-read some of the books I read in school and didn't appreciate them because a) I have never liked being forced to read and b) I was too young to really pick up on the nuances in all of these books.  And since many of these books are very heavy reading, I'm alternating with light reading in between, hence choosing to follow East of Eden with Mindy Kaling.  That one was rough.

I like reading, I just don't always have the time or energy for it.  But I'm turning over a new leaf!  So, here's my full list of books that I'd like to read throughout the summer...and into the seasons that follow.  Books that are starred I read in class.  The others are just books I'd like to read.  In no particular order:

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck*
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles*
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding*
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Til I Find You by John Irving
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (can't decide if I should read or listen to the audiobook).
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (this one is next...I just bought it on a recent trip to Montauk).

What have you read lately?  Leave me some recommendations!

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