I’ve mentioned before that Tony and I have been spending a lot of time reading this summer since our entertainment budget is so limited. We’re lucky, because we have access not only to the public library, but also to the much more extensive library at Tony’s university. Because it’s connected to other branches of his college throughout the state, we’re able to borrow from 4 other libraries by requesting books that aren’t available at his school. A few days later, we just pick them up at the circulation desk.
I’ve always wanted to start a book club, but because of time constraints I’ve never been able to get a group of people together to join me. So I thought I’d post my reading list for the summer to see if anyone wants to read along with me. Most of these books are older, so you should be able to borrow them from your library.
- Julie & Julia – Julie Powell
- Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
- My Life in France – Julia Child
- Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
- Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
As you can see, I have an affinity for non-fiction, particularly memoirs. I love reading about other people’s lives and getting an personal perspective on their experiences. I have a feeling a lot of people who enjoy reading blogs feel the same way. :)
I also recently discovered a really cool social network for readers called Shelfari. It allows you to organize, categorize and rate books you’ve read or plan to read. For the first time, I have an organized reading list. There are many other books on my list, but I’ve decided these are the five I’m going to try to finish by the end of the summer in this order more or less.
If you decide to join me, let me know! If anyone is at all interested, I’ll post short little reviews of my thoughts on the books as I finish them, and we’ll be able to discuss in the comments section. If you have a blog and you’d like to post your own reviews, I could even put up a Mr. Linky so we can share. I’m also open to suggestions from your own reading lists. I’m always looking for good books to read. I do hope you’ll participate.
If you end up enjoying “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” you should also pick up her new book, “Things I’ve Been Silent About.” Both are wonderful.
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I’ve read both Wuthering Heights and Julie & Julia, but the other 3 are on my tbr list also. I’ll check them out from unc/pull them off my own shelf and read along with you this summer. I can’t wait for the Julie and Julia movie to come out later this summer – it looks too adorable!
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I actually have Reading Lolita out from the library right now. Haven’t read any of the others though.
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