In the High Peaks

Sunday, June 26, 2016

About Summer Reading Lists

Why summer reading lists are--for me--a definitely superb idea:
  • I have been assigned a great deal of work this summer.
  • I've been struggling to achieve balance in my life.
  • Reading is a vital, integral part of my life. Being busy with work can make me neglect reading time, which is so important to me and my well-being.
  • Making a book list for the summer gives me a compass. Instead of reading just anything that drops into my lap, I have a list of books to refer to, which I have truly wanted to read. The list is my GUIDE.
Now you are expecting a list, aren't you?
I don't have one yet.
What has been staggering is the number of recently published books I'd love to read as well as the books to be published this summer, as well as my Classics List, not to mention all the other books I was hoping to read.

My partial beginning of a list:
O Pioneers!  Willa Cather  (Classics Club)
Serena by Ron Rash
Housekeeping by Robinson

I can face it-- It's a very miniature start, but I'm going to keep working  on it.


  1. All of a sudden I'm overwhelmed by the number of new books I want to read. To take the pressure off, I've turned to a couple of 'older books' I never got around to. Just finished Summer House with Swimming Pool (so good!) and am beginning The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

    Your list looks good. I loved O Pioneers and remember the excellent writing in Housekeeping.

    1. JoAnn,
      I loved The Children Act. I read it when it first was published and I've been collecting all of McEwan's books. I like his writing because of the deep moral soul-searching I do as I puzzle through the predicaments he writes about. I think he is so original in this way. He has a new book coming out this fall--September, I think. Did you hear?
      Ken and I both enjoyed Summer House with Swimming Pool, though I found it peculiarly chilly. It made me squirm continuously. But Koch has a new book coming out in September as well. The title begins with "Dr. M...

    2. JoAnn,
      I meant to say "chilling" about Summer House.

  2. Three books = a list. I think you'll enjoy O Pioneers.

    1. I've got to get there! It's not even a long book, for heaven's sake, I ought to be able to do it. Thanks.