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.
Ah, Spring! The word is familiar but I think that I’ve forgotten what it looks like considering our rather chilly winter this year.
|© Cleo @ Classical Carousel
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.
Books for Spring!
The History of the Peloponnesian War
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!
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.