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.
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.
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?