Summer Books in my Beach Bag

Many thanks to Nancy who tactfully reminded me that summer is quickly approaching and it is in my best interests to have some books lined-up to maintain a focus that has been disturbingly absent so far this year.  So with a new resolution in mind to be more organized, here are some of my possible reads for a summer that in my part of the world, looks like it’s going to pass us by.

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Top Ten Spring Books

Ah, Spring!  The word is familiar but I think that I’ve forgotten what it looks like considering our rather chilly winter this year.

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However, today it’s very rainy and 9 C which is much more normal, so it’s not so difficult for my brain to contemplate the coming of flowers and sun and warmer temperatures. Now as for books, let’s see what I have slated for this much anticipated time of year as I participate in another Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish.

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Books for Spring!


The History of the Peloponnesian War
by Thucydides

Following on the heels of Herodotus’ The Histories, this is the second book in my The Well-Educated Mind history project.  I loved Herodotus so I’m looking forward to this one!


The Republic
by Plato

I must admit, I cannot wait to read this!  Am I crazy?  Perhaps, but the only work of Plato I’ve read is The Apology and I loved it.  I think he and I will become fast friends.


The Last Chronicle of Barset
by Anthony Trollope

I’m shocked at the thought of completing my Barsetshire project.  I’m halfway through The Small House At Allington, so I hope by the end of spring to complete the whole thing.  Woo Hoo!


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

This is the read-along for Amanda at Simpler Pastimes’ Classic Children’s Literature Event for April, which I’m highly anticipating.  It’s been at least a decade since I joined Alice in her adventures and I’m looking forward to it.


Finn Family Moomintroll
by Tove Jansson

Ah, I love my family of Moomins and all their fun friends.  It will be so special to revisit this children’s classic, perhaps my favourite of all the children’s classics. Another book for the Classic Children’s Literature Event.


Red Sails to Capri
by Ann Weil

I’ve read this once before and remember being impressed with the uniqueness of the story, which combined engaging fiction in an historical setting.  I’m definitely interested in a re-read.


The Alexandria Quartet
by Lawrence Durrell

Oh, how painful!  I’ve started this book and I really enjoy Durrell’s writing but the subject matter is certainly NOT uplifting and it’s been dragging on.  I know that I’ll still be reading it in spring.  Sigh.  Wish me luck.


Dead Souls
by Nikolai Gogol

No promises, but I’m going to try to add this one to my reads.  I must get a move on with my Russian literature project.


The Dream
by Emile Zola

Oh my!  I started the Rougon Macquart series ages ago and have stalled after book number 4.  The Dream or Le Révè is supposed to be excellent, so what is preventing me from starting?  Focus, which right now is on other books.


Mary Barton 
by Elizabeth Gaskell

Will I, won’t I?  Will I, won’t I?  I feel that I’d like to read something by a woman author such as Gaskell or Eliot or Brontë, but I’m not too specific about the book.  Mary Barton might be my first choice but we’ll see.  Spring brings change and this list could change as well! 🙂

A Bookish Christmas

Most years I receive a good number of books, but this year was slightly unusual, not because of the number of books I received, but because of the eclectic variety.  I can’t wait to start reading them.


The Present Age: On The Death of Rebellion by Søren Kierkegaard
I’m somewhat of a rebel myself, so this should be interesting …
War in Heaven by Charles Williams
Williams was a friend and contemporary of C.S. Lewis.  His novels were supposed to be peculiar, so this one will be an adventure.
Selections from the Canzoniere and Other Works by Petrarch
Suggested by Tom at Wuthering Expectations, this one just turned up under the tree!
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
I’ve been reading so many books titled Meditationslately.  I’m looking forward to Aurelius.  I think he’ll have some interesting tidbits to share
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
I was so enthralled, yet puzzled by my read of this book that, of course, I needed the annotated edition
Buddist Scriptures
I need to read more eastern classics.  Well, at least, now and then.
Letters to Children by C.S. Lewis
Surprisingly I didn’t own this small, yet enchanting,  book.  Well, I do now.
Pastors in the Classics by Ryken, Ryken & Wilson
A book that explores the clergy in various classic novels such as The Warden,  The Canterbury Tales, The Scarlet Letter, Diary of a Country Priest, The Power and the Glory, etc.
The Intellectual Devotional by Kidder & Oppenheim
Okay this is a neat book!  Seven fields of knowledge correspond with the seven days of the week and each imparts a little information on that field.  For example, Thursday, which focuses on science, could talk about Albert Einstein, The Milgram Studies: Lesson in Obedience, Friction, etc. or Tuesday, which is literature, could talk about Moby-Dick, Postcolonialism, William Faulkner, etc.  It is sooooo interesting. 
Books not in photo:
And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran
Lusseyran was blinded as a young boy, but he did not let this handicap stop him and instead, at 16, organized a resistance group in France during World War II
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
It’s not on my recent TBR list, but I’ll get to it one day
On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
I’d kind of like to read Plato and Aristotle before tackle this one.
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
What can I say?  I can’t wait to read this one!
So now I have even more reading material to keep me busy.  Luckily December has been a month for catching up, with good success, and I’ll be able to start January with almost a clean slate.

So what wonderful books did you receive this Christmas?