That’s right! Am I the only one that semi-misses having required reading during the summer? Required reading always meant an excuse to just sit in a tree and read for hours on end. These days, my trees have been replaced by hammocks but I can’t complain.
I know I posted a book list a few weeks ago but I decided to expand. Or, maybe I just didn’t have anything else relevant to post about. There’s only so much I can say about oatmeal and hummus, you know? But we love books!
So here is your mission: read, read, read. Go climb a tree, get in a hammock or just hunker down on your couch with an apple and almond butter.
The book nerd section is coming……I promise. And it’s going to be cool. All you book nerds out there will finally have a safe haven to express your true literary feelings, however weird or uncouth they are. We won’t judge you. Only ELR love.
Can you handle 10 books this summer? I hope so.
1. My Antonia
I first read this book in high school and have re-read it countless times since. It’s pretty much a modern day Little House on the Prairie and makes me want to run around outside in a petticoat and a bonnet.
One of those books I read in 48 hours…I know. I have a problem. This book was incredibly well written and the plot held me the whole time, especially with Stockett’s amazing use of Southern dialogue and character progression. Plus, she is an Alabama alum….roll tide!
3. Sarah’s Key
The best book I read in 2008. Hands down. No question. I’ve recommended this to pretty much everyone I know and just thinking about it makes me want to re-read for the fourth time. I’ll admit though, I’m a sucker for World War Two tales and period dramas. I would like to be an English teacher for the sole purpose of having my class read this book. Go find it today.
Another World War Two drama with a female heroine. I loved the setting in this book (bakeries get me every time) and the two parts to the story. Family secrets + Nazi Germany. Very powerful and thought provoking as well as a page turner.
Read this book for no other reason other than it will shock the living daylights out of you. I read it all in a day with my mouth hanging open in uncomfortable awe. If anyone ever deserved to write a memoir, Jeannette Walls did. It will suck you in from the first page.
Just finished. 577 in 48 hours. Now my mom, grandma and friends are reading it as well and can’t put it down either. The book is loosely based on the life of Laura Bush and is just fascinating and enthralling in every way. This is my number one pick so far for this year…
Oh Toni Morrison, how we love you. I read this for an undergraduate contemporary lit class in college and since then, have re-read it about three times. Every time I read it I get something new from it and am equally astonished and marveled at the book’s rich complexities and lessons. Every American should read this book. Required. I mean it did win the Pulitzer Prize.
I can’t believe I’m even putting this on the list. You all should have read this by now. Everyone should have read this by now. But, if for the slim chance you haven’t picked this up yet…….do it today. And then we can discuss. That is all.
And then read this. I read the whole thing on a trans-Atlantic flight. But Kite Runner first. Yes….