Thursday, May 1, 2014

Summer Reading List...

Does the title of that post make your heart race a little? So, about a hundred years ago, Brooke over at Blueprint Bliss  asked me about some book recommendations. WAY back then, I started a post on some recent reading favorites, but never finished it. If y'all only knew how many drafts I have started that have yet to be finished!

We have a beach trip coming up in a few weeks, and although with our 11 month old in tow, I doubt much reading will take place for me, it seemed a good time to think about a summer reading list!

Here, in no particular order, are a few things I've read this past year that I really enjoyed.

1. Jane Eyre - I've made mention of this one before. It's one of my all time favorites, and I have read it many, many times! But, while I was on maternity leave, my high school did an alumni book club with out 8th grade English teacher leading the discussions about Jane Eyre. It was a fun opportunity to revisit this classic, reconnect with old friends and discuss this story in a much different way than we did in 8th grade, when I first read it. If you have read it, read it again.  If you haven't, you totally should.

2. The Paris Wife - This, and the next two on the list have a similar feel. The Paris Wife is the fictionalized account of Ernest Hemmingway and his wife Hadley. Set in Paris, in the 1920's the whole thing was very fascinating to me. I studied abroad in Paris in college, and loved the images of the American literary scene in Paris in the 20's!

3. Loving Frank - I followed The Paris Wife with Loving Frank, which is a fictionalized account of the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress. Again, real life characters, some fictional liberty taken, but this one is based off the diaries written his lover Mameh Chaney.  Although, the story at times is quite depressing, I loved this book too!

4. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald- I just finished this one a few weeks ago. It's sort of fun to see read about the same time in Paris that is portrayed in The Paris Wife, from the Fitzgerald's point of view. Clearly, I find that time and place very fascinating!

5. The Book Thief - I actually didn't read this one this year, but it's one that stands out in my memory of recent reads! I have not seen the movie that came out this year based off this book, but I always believe that the books are better! This book made me weep, but was also such a wonderful story!

6. Wonder - You may look this one up and wonder ( no pun intended) why I am reading young adult fiction. My high school English teacher recommended this one, and I read it on the plane ride to California. This book challenges the way you think about those who are different than you and will touch your heart, I promise!

So what about you?  I'm about to start this one. What have you read lately?


Leslie Jerkins said...

I'm getting into the Outlander series. Have you heard of it? Time travel! Medieval setting! Ha ha! I loved Wonder and also read Jane Eyre regularly. Great list!

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