A look back at spring. A look ahead to summer.

Ah, it’s June! Can anyone believe it’s June? That’s crazy. SIMPLY crazy.

Another crazy thing: I actually finished my Spring 2014 reading list relatively on time, nuts considering that we a) bought and b) moved into a new house this spring. But after finishing A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius yesterday, I figured that was close enough to the end of May to be considered spring.


Without much further ado, here’s a look at the books I read this spring, based on my Book Stats spreadsheet, and what I thought about them:

The Signature of All Things  Elizabeth Gilbert

  • 499 pages
  • B+

One Hundred Years of Solitude — Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • 448 pages
  • BBC’s Top 100 Books, Newsweek’s Top 100 Books
  • A

The Search for the Giant Squid— Richard Ellis

  • 249 pages
  • C+

All the King’s Men — Robert Penn Warren

  • 609 pages
  • Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, Newsweek’s Top 100 Books
  • A+

Walden — Henry David Thoreau

  • 300 pages
  • Favorites Project
  • A-

A Clash of Kings— George R.R. Martin

  • 728 pages
  • NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction Novels (series)
  • A

I, Claudius — Robert Graves

  • 468 pages
  • 25 Books to Read Before You’re 25, Modern Library’s Top 100 Books, Newsweek’s Top 100 Books
  • A

Silent Spring— Rachel Carson

  • 297 pages
  • Modern Library’s Best Nonfiction Books, Time’s Greatest Nonfiction Books
  • B+

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers

  • 437 pages
  • 65 Books to Read in Your 20’s
  • A-

That brings me up to 16 books read this year so far, and 6,210 pages.


And so, let summer 2014 commence! I’m really excited about the books I have lined up for summer. I decided that I deserved a season of fun when it came to my reading, so I just went at my reading lists and the list of books I own but haven’t read yet, and picked the books I know will be awesome, the books I’ve always wanted to read, the books I deserve to read. I think I’m only going to dislike one – The Fountainhead – but it’s been sitting on my shelf for far too long, and I need to just get the canon of Ayn Rand out of the way. Plus, it will be good for my Big Books Project.

  • Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
  • Pet Sematary — Stephen King
  • Prayer for Owen Meany — John Irving
  • The Fountainhead — Ayn Rand (Big Books Project)
  • A Secret History — Donna Tartt
  • A Storm of Swords — George R.R. Martin
  • Magnolia City — Duncan W. Alderson
  • Notes From A Small Island — Bill Bryson
  • Lord of the Flies — William Golding (Revisiting the Classics Project)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes — Ray Bradbury

I’m excited because Pet Sematary is one of those Stephen King books everyone loves, but for some reason, despite my obsession with him, I haven’t yet picked up. Weird. Also, I’m just going ahead and plowing onward with the Game of Thrones series. I figure if I read one book a season, I can be finished with book five by the end of the year, and so HA HA tv fans, I’ll be caught up and AHEAD of you. A Secret History is also supposed to be one of the greatest books ever, and there’s Bill Bryson, and the most famous John Irving book…. yeah, this summer will be good.

To reach my goal of reading 50 books this year, I need to hit the 25 mark by July or August. I think I can do it if I carve out enough dedicated reading time every day, though there are some really fat books at the beginning of this list. We’ll see how it goes. At the very least, this summer will definitely up my page count for the year.


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