A Reading List for Summer 2011

I am looking forward to the summer so, so much this year! It will mean camping and cookouts and sleeping with the windows open and spending lots of time in the sun! It will also mean that I will have plenty of time to read all those books that have piled up on my shelf over the last few months. So without further ado, here’s my summer reading list!

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – I bought this book a couple of months ago, and all the craziness of school has prevented me from really getting into it. I read a selection from it in one of my English classes and I fell in love with Tan’s simple yet eloquent writing style. The storyline follows the daughters of four Chinese-American immigrant women in the mid to late 1900s. It’s written in four sections with each section containing four chapters that don’t necessarily flow in chronological order so it requires a bit of thought, but I’m strongly looking foward to reading this book.

The “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series by Rick Riordan – These books were recommended to me by my eleven year old brother six months ago, and I’m glad that I will finally be able to read them this summer. Thankfully he already owns them all so I won’t spend a small fortune on the series! The books supposedly provide an excellent synopsis of Greek mythology, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much I recognize and how much I learn. The fantasy series has been well received by readers of all ages and I’m excited to get a chance to take a crack at them myself. The main character, Percy Jackson is a boy of 12 years old who discovers that he is the son of Poseidon and finds himself thrust into hair raising adventures involving gods, monsters and demigods.

The American Presidents by David C. Whitney – I love Presidents. This biography of all of the Presidents through Ronald Reagan is a little bit dated, but I’m still looking forward to reading about some of my favorites. It was given to me by my mother who got it from someone in a university histroy department who was giving away their old books, so it has the look and feel of a good old used book, which has already predisposed me to love it.

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis – I’m a huge C.S. Lewis fan and I picked this book up because I saw the author and didn’t recognize the title. I’ve been trudging through it for a few months now and I’m hoping to have finished it by the end of the summer. It contains a highly philosophical and objective view of human pain and suffering and the ways in which we ought to deal with it. There are many, many interesting points and insights given throughout the work, but a lot of them require time and thought to process. I recommend reading it a page at a time.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Even though I’ve read this book every summer since I was 14, I still love it. My summer just wouldn’t be complete without reading this book at least once. Set in Alabama in the 1930s, this Pulitzer Prize winner chronicles the adventures of young Scout Finch with a chilling back-story about the troublesome race-relations of the time. A fun and interesting read with a meaningful historical and cultural message.