Adventures in summer reading

By the beginning of each May I’ve usually rigged up a long list of novels and short stories I’d been dreaming about for months, and most of the time I finish all if not the vast majority of them.

For some reason, It’s been a slow process making my list for this year, and there’s a giant hole at the end of it.

Since I’ll be working full time starting in June, this will be the first summer when I will not have enough time to read everything I want, so I’ve placed a bit of pressure on myself to make the time I do have worth it.

Here’s my list as it stands so far.

  1. My first and most important goal was to reread The Great Gatsby before the movie came out. I finished with one day to spare and plan to see the movie next week with my best friend and fellow Gatsby lover. See Thursday’s post on my expectations for the film.
  2. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow. One of my favorite genres is mid-life crisis novels, and though I’ve hardly cracked it open yet, this one certainly holds promise to become a new favorite. Based on the reviews I’ve read, Eugene Henderson seems to be just the type of eccentric wanderer I love to get to know, and his spontaneous travels through Africa sound like a hilarious disaster and learning experience waiting to happen.

    Détail d'une photo de Gemma Galgani

    Détail d’une photo de Gemma Galgani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  3. During my busier months I like to have a book that I can poke through slowly. I ordered The Life of St. Gemma Galgani  by Ven. Fr. Germanus to be my summer devotional reading, though it will probably take me a while to get through while working.
  4. After my internship ends in August, I’m torn about what to read during my last two weeks before school starts. Their Eyes Were Watching God has been on my list for years, but I’m also considering picking up David Sedaris’ Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls because of the title alone.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


“We are cups…

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” -Ray Bradbury

For as long as I can remember, I have spent each summer break immersed in books. I would spend hours on our back porch and delve into page after page, devouring anything that came into my grasp.

For all those years I was filling up. My high school and college years have been an adventure in honing my voice, and now I find myself challenged in a new way to pour out.

Once I finish my junior year, I will have a little less than a month before I start my editorial internship at a brokerage firm. These 28 days will be like a miniature summer break for me–my last one in my academic career–and I intend to make the best of it. To keep my voice in tune, starting on Wednesday, May 8, I will write and publish something every day.

I have no way to predict what I will come up with or whether anything I produce will even be worth reading to anyone in particular. Nevertheless, I will relish the last “summer” I spend freely with words. And this time, the voice will be my own.

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