Summer Reading Update

I shared my summer book list at the beginning of June. I’ve read some of the books on the list, and deviated from it somewhat (ok, a lot, but there are so many good books in the world how am I supposed to say no when one jumps into my arms and begs me to read it?!). Here’s what I’ve been reading/listening to and what I think of the books.

Let’s keep up the pattern and start with audiobooks:

Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway


The tracks were long so it was hard to find a good stopping point and the narrator didn’t always annunciate well so I kept losing track of the story and having to restart it. Maybe I’ll go back to it and maybe I’ll get the physical book to read but for now I’ve set it aside.

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle


I’m on pt. 2 of 3 and the stories just keep getting better. I might even enjoy them more than BBC’s television show, but then, the audiobook doesn’t have Benedict Cumberbatch.

I also listened to Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford. I discovered this on my trip to Florida. It told the story of Henry Flagler, who was partners with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, and the railroad that he built from Miami to Key West and ended with the railroad’s destruction in the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. It was a fascinating story filled with Floridian, and American history.

Now for physical books.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


I’ve finished The Magicians Nephew and am currently reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. These books are old favorites and always will be. I’ll never get tired of reading them. Also, C. S. Lewis was a genius.

Undaunted Student Edition by Christine Caine


Read it. Loved it. Have plans to read it again with a journal nearby so I can get even more out of it.

Looking for Alaska by John Green


I put it down almost as soon as I picked it up. Too much poop in my brownies with absolutely no redeeming quality.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


Kind of cliche for a first Hemingway but I thought it was an enjoyable read. My BFF thought that it was terribly boring though so consider yourself warned.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


This was an interesting and enjoyable picture of life in the south during the Civil Rights movement from a very unique persepective. The story drew you in and made you friends with the characters. I usually have a hard time at first being engaged with a story written in the first person but not this time

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Jane Austen was the master of telling a good love story, but she also had a good wit and a knowledge of human nature that make her stories extremely enjoyable to read outside of the romance.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby


I am often disappointed in YA lit but this book was a unique and engaging story that I enjoyed quite a bit. However, it did contain some disappointing language and sexual content that made it less than what it could have been.

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald


I tried to finish this book but ended up sending it back to the library with the last 2/3 unread. It made me very concerned for the decision making skills of every character in the book except for the three children who are mentioned but never play into the story. I guess anything goes on the French Riviera?

I’ve also been reading the book Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. I enjoyed Ender’s Game by the same author so I decided to try this series out. I had a hard time getting into it at first but its gotten exciting and I’m enjoying it a lot more now.

What have you been reading this summer? I’m interested to find out!



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