Post # 1
So as of Friday I will be turning in my last paper and be officially done with my first year of grad school, yay! At the end of May I’ll finally start my GA position but the class I’m taking isn’t necessarily a class, it’s an independent study in which the professor and I will be setting up and putting together a course but I’ll be getting credit for it. After taking a nearly 3 year break from school I’ve finally gotten my reading speed up to par and am afraid that if I don’t read all summer long I’ll lose it. I’ve been averaging about 2 books a week (enrolled part time because of wedding business) all between 400-800 pages and would like to keep this pace up. I wanted to see what other Bees are planning on reading over the summer. It doesn’t have to be directly related to academics as I plan on reading some fun stuff as well because Lord knows I can’t do it any other time. Right now I’ve got a few books on my list, including some for school, they are as follows:
- Guns, Germs, and Steel (school book but I wanted to read it as well)
- Floating Gold: a Natural (and unnatural) History of Ambergris
- Aztec (I read part of this for a class and really enjoyed it so I’d like to finish)
- A Thousand Splendid Suns oops! I meant the Kite Runner, I’ve read this one already 🙂
- The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
FYI I’m in a global history program but would LOVE suggestions of anyone who is willing to give them, including bees who aren’t currently in college. I just thought this might be fun and beneficial to anyone who likes reading! Ok I’ll quit procrastinating and get back to writing my papers now, hehe.
Post # 3
Anything by Alison Weir is fabulous, she has many many books on the Tudors. Historical fiction and nonfiction is my go to at the moment, and I am currently reading a book on Catherine de Medici (Queen of France – married to Henri II of France)
ETA: Saw that you’re going to read Americans in Paris. Have you read Almost French by Sarah Turnbull? It is excellent, about an Australian woman who meets a Frenchman and moves to France, and about her experience of the culture, etc as an outsider.
Post # 4
@Jacqui90: I actually think I have that book in storage somewhere. I bought it a long time ago right before I moved and I haven’t unpacked my books yet! Glad to know it comes with high reccomendations! I love pretty much any and all things related to French history! I’ll have to go pick up Almost French, sounds like it would be very amusing.
Post # 5
Have you read Kite runner? Its by the same guy who wrote a thousand splenid suns
Im not good with arthurs but i can give you titles. 🙂
A pale blue eye.
Leaves of grass. Authors last name is patterson
…. have you ever had anyone ask you what your favorite book is and then all of a sudden you have forgotten anything you have ever read ever…. yeah. I will be back
Post # 6
@chouette: It is very good and hilarious at points. I highly recommend it!
ETA: And anything by Jane Austen is great reading all year round! Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book of all time.
Post # 7
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I just finished it last night. It is already in my top three favorite books, ever.
Post # 8
The Devil in the White City would probably be right up your ally based on your list. Also anything by Mary Roach (Stiff, Packing For Mars, etc.).
Post # 9
I highly recommend the Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz!! I loved those books so much. Some of my ultimate favorites.
Post # 10
I’ll be finishing the books I reluctantly set aside during studying:
Born to Run
And I’ll be checking out books on Italy to prepare for our honeymoon!
Post # 11
I haven’t quite gotten my love for reading back after being forced to read for school … And I graduated three years ago! :S
But, hopefully soon, I plan on reading The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber and Sweeney Todd … I’d like to try to tackle The Hobbit (tried a few years ago, got probably about 3/4 of the way through and decided I didn’t like it … Maybe age will give me a new perspective?) and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Post # 12
@everyheart: OOH delerium is good I’m starting the 3rd one now!
Post # 13
The third one is out already? Wow! I need to catch up on my dystopian literature reading this summer!
Post # 14
I plan on doing a lot of nostalgia reading.
- A Little Princess
- Like Water for Chocolate
- Gathering Blue
- Pride and Prejudice
- Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass
- Little Wolf’s Book of Badness
- A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
- Le Petit Prince
- + about 147 more titles…
I get something new from my childhood favourites each time I come back to them. 🙂
Post # 15
@MlleFabuleux: I’ve also been planning on reading Alice in Wonderland! I’ve had it for ages and just can’t get out of my school-reading slump. Thanks for reminding me!
Post # 16
commenting so i can follow. 🙂