Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Reading Plans

(This is my hometown.  I don't live there anymore but I miss the beaches come summer!)

Summertime is finally here and the means summer reading!  I am not going on any fun summer vacations so I have to do my traveling via books. This summer I am participating in my local library's summer reading program.  Upon completion of the program, you get a prize pack and are entered into a drawing for tons of really cool prizes!  Last summer the goal was to read 5 books set in 5 different continents.  It was a little tricky and took me most of the summer to complete.  This summer, the goal is to read 5 books.  If you finish early, they will give you another chance to enter the drawing if you read 3 more books.  How easy is that?  The summer reading program started on May 24 and since then I have already finished 2 books so I'll be done before you know it.

Sometime this summer I hope to finish reading Twilight in Russian.  I bought this book a few years ago after reading the first two Harry Potter books in Russian but I never finished it.  My new job brings the opportunity to take a class in the fall and I may take a Russian class to try to brush up on my dwindling skills.  Plus, one of my goals for the year was to read two books in Russian and I haven't even started.  If I finish Twilight, I am going let myself by The Hunger Games in Russian (!).

I am also thinking about participating in the Classics Bribe hosted by the Quirky Girls Read.  It's a great way to read more Classics and have the chance to win an Amazon gift card.  I am really trying to read more of the classics as I feel like I am missing out on some really great literature.  I still have 4 books to read for the Back to Classics Challenge, one of which is Les Miserables.  If I get the other three books read over the summer, I could have the entire fall to focus on Les Mis.  I also have classics on some of my other challenge lists so I may bump those up to the top of the reading pile.  I know I won't read all of these but here are a few classics that I will be choosing from over the summer.

1.) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
2.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
3.) The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
4.) The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
5.) Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
6.) The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Lev Tolstoy
7.) Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
8.) We by Yevgeny Zamiatin (reread)
9.) We the Living by Ayn Rand (reread)
10.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This seems like somewhat lofty plans for the summer and I may not make it very far.  We are moving in late July and packing may cut into my reading plans.  We'll see how it goes but I am pretty excited for summer.

Do you have any fun summer reading plans?  Any fun vacation plans?



1 comment:

  1. Hi. :)

    I've got to stop gorging on fanfiction long enough to get back into my book reading. I have so many good books sitting on my new bookshelves just gathering dust. :(

    I love library summer reading programs! I wish my library would let employees enter. ;) I will have to join the program at my town library instead.

    Summer plans for me include a Duran Duran concert in Atlantic City! So excited! :)

    You are going to love The Two Towers...

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