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My Summer Reading List

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About a year ago, I had a summer reading list that I had every intention of finishing. Sadly, I think I finished maybe two of those books. However, this summer I’m determined to finish my entire list and hopefully finish last year’s list as well. This year’s is much shorter but nonetheless, I’m going to read every book! This is what I’m reading this summer:

  1. The Help by Katheryn Stockett
  2. The Kindness Diaries by Leon Logothetis
  3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Duamas
  7. Paper Towns by John Green

What’s on your summer reading list?

xo

Sam

 

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The_Fault_in_Our_Stars.jpgIf you haven’t heard about this book by now, then I’d be utterly shocked. Everyone and their dog is ranting and raving about how incredible this book is (I’ve also been told that the movie is just as good). I put this on my summer reading list because I wanted to see if it was as good as everyone has said. And boy, it is. It reached the bar and beyond.  Yesterday, I bought a copy and finished it  at 1:30 AM. It was so good! I couldn’t put it down.

If you’re like me and love Nicholas Sparks type of romance, then this is the book for you. It’s witty, tear-jerking, and is full of life-lessons. Not only that, but John Green is actually a good writer (shocker since the last super popular book that I can remember was the Twilight series and that was crappy writing).

The water-down version of the storyline is this: Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters meet at a cancer support group and become friends. From there, the plot thickens and a realistic romance is born.  I don’t want to give too much away but there adventures and love story will break your heart, make you laugh out loud, cry a little, and just leave you begging for more.

What I loved so much about this book was how realistic it expresses those deep questions that we all have: “Will I make a mark on this world? How will I be remembered?” I also loved the Shakespeare references and the humor that was throughout the entire book. It is definitely ones of those “buy then read” books. But if you do that, make sure that you have plenty of time to read the entire thing because I can guarantee that you won’t be able to put it down. It’s simple a charming book that captures what life really is about and how to be okay with it.  Now, go read the book! Okay? Okay.

Frizzy and Fit’s Rating: 5 Stars.

 

My Summer Reading List

Even though I’m crazy busy with school this semester, I’m still determined to have and finish my summer reading list. The books that I’ve picked out are ones that I’ve never read before (maybe bits and pieces but not the whole dang thing). Most of them have been recommended to me which means they must be good. Here are the ten books that I’m planning on knocking out:

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1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

I heard about this book in high school and I’ve wanted to read it ever since. Someone told me that it was one of those life-altering books that everyone should read so I’m gonna give it a chance.

2. Mere Christianity by Charles Dickens

This was recommended to me several years ago by a church leader (go figure). I have a deep love for Charles’ books and have high expectations of this book. Hopefully it’ll meet those “great expectations.”

3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Unabridged)

I can’t count how many times that I’ve started this book and have never finished it because something always stops me (dates, work homework, too busy, ect.). But this summer I’m determined to finish this book no matter what!

4. How to Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster

This is another book that was recommended to me by my AP English teacher, Mrs. J. She did warn us of some of the sketchy parts of this book so I probably will be skipping parts of it but I am excited to read it.

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

It’s a classic and almost everyone I know has read it . . . except me. So, it’s time to finally catch up with ya’ll.

6. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

I LOVE Zora Neale Hurston! I love the African-American folklore she collected (It’s my all time favorite genre) and I love that wrote incredible stories. I’m so excited to read this!

7. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Another classic that I have not yet read. I love Jane Austen almost as much as I love sleep. I’m madly in love with this movie so that just means that the book is going to be 10xs better, right?!

8. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

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9.  Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson

These two books were recommend to me by another English teacher, Ms. B. by sophomore year of high school. At the time, “Stones Into Schools” wasn’t out (if I’m remembering correctly) but she said that “Three Cups of Tea” was a book that every person should read especially with the war that is going on.

10.  The Fault in Our Stars

Everyone and their dog is ranting and raving about how great this book is! I’m a total sucker when it comes to chick-flick books! Yes, I’m one of those girls. I love the tear jerkers and how cute the romance is. It gives me hope for my own romance. Since this has recieved so many great reviews let’s see if there are any faults  in the reviews!

So, that’s my summer reading list, folks! Hopefully, I’ll get through every book and if not, I will read all of them at some point this year. But do tell me, what’s on your summer reading list?!

xo

Sam