Summer Reading Plans

It may not  be officially summer, but with Memorial Day weekend behind us, I started thinking of what I will potentially be reading for the next few months.

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick has taken me longer than I had planned.  I am on page 506 out of 536.  Look for a final post within the next few days.

Non-fiction tends to always be a little scarce on my reading list so I am going to start out the summer with two non-fiction titles that I’ve wanted to read for a while.  One of them is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  Over the last year, this title seems to pop up frequently.  As I’ve heard that Cain’s focus tends to be introverts in the business world, I’m very curious about what she has to say.

The other non-fiction title I have on my list is The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.  This book is perhaps the book that has been recommended to me the most that I still have not read.  I also thought it would coincide well with our family vacation to Philadelphia and New York City in about a week.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Starship Troopers

It’s also time for my third annual summertime Heinlein/Hemingway match-up.  I started this tradition inadvertently during the summer of 2011 prior to blogging.  A friend of mine recommended Robert A. Heinlein’s novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and my then book club The Indy Reading Coalition had selected Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises as our book for June of that year.  I didn’t think anything of it until last summer (2012) when I read Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land just before rereading Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls.  It was then that I decided to do the same thing this summer.  My plan is to read Heinlein’s Starship Troopers and reread Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.  I’m looking forward to both of them.

A Farewell to Arms

I also want to finish Flannery O’Connor’s short story collection A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories and read Kurt Vonnegut’s collection Welcome to the Monkeyhouse.  

I could possibly throw in a newer book such as Khaled Hosseini’s And The Mountain’s Echoed.  I enjoyed his novel The Kite Runner a number of years ago.  I want to at least read one of Salman Rushdie’s novels this year.  The summer might be a good time to do that.  Midnight’s Children is the one I’ve got my eye on.

As usual, the best-laid reading plans can change in an instant, if a different book catches my interest.  We’ll see how the summer plays out.  How about you?  What are your plans for reading this summer?

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4 responses to “Summer Reading Plans

  1. I am definitely looking forward to your thoughts on “Starship Troopers” and Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography! I don’t have any grand reading plans for the summer… but I’ll be posting what I read on my new 2013 books tab. Right now I’m slowly wading into “The Everlasting Man” by G.K. Chesterton, and I’ve been listening to “Pride and Prejudice” on librivox audiobook.
    -Ben

    • I have had “The Everlasting Man” on my bookshelf for a while. I need to get to it one of these days. I’ve read “Orthodoxy” several times and it’s great! I’ve also read his biography of St. Francis of Assisi – also good.

      My wife and daughter are big Jane Austen fans. Interesting that Austen managed to achieve “rock star” status 200 years after her novels were published.
      -Dale

  2. Hi Dale,
    You have a great summer of reading ahead of you! The Autobiography of Ben Franklin has long been one of my favorites and I’ve revisited it often. His writing style is so smooth and natural. Way ahead of his time. Basically self-taught too, which is remarkable.

    You already know I am a fan of Welcome to the Monkeyhouse.

    I’ve read and recommended “Quiet” to many people in the past year and a half since I read it. I liked the focus on how the business world frequently underestimates and underappreciates the introverted.

    I heard Housseini on NPR the other day, which made me want to read his new novel – although I still haven’t read A Thousand Splendid Suns (even though I did enjoy the Kite Runner).

    My plans? I don’t really know. I think I am going to read some shorter, lighter stuff (after just finishing a two month affair with Anna Karenina). I want to read more indie authors and local authors too. I just finished up a pretty good novel by an Indy writer, Eric Garrison, that I plan to blog about in the next day or so.

    For non-fiction, I started working on a book called “Osman’s Dream”, which is a history of the Ottoman Empire, which I have become interested in for some reason…

    =Jay

    • Jay,
      It’s taken me two months to finish Moby-Dick. I finally finished it last night. Great book, but now I’m in the mood to read something different. I started Quiet and have found it very good so far.

      Housseini spoke Friday night at the Cincinnati Library. I wasn’t able to go, but I’m guessing it was probably interesting.

      -Dale

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