Though summer is the absolute best time for reading, not many books make it to my list. But those who do usually fall into one of the four categories:
- They scream SUMMER.
- They are too thick and are on reserve for such a time as this.
- They pleadingly look at me to FINALLY read them.
- I want them with me on my journeys.
My Reading List For This Summer:
Bleak House by Charles Dickens:
The epic size is the only reason why I’m reading it in summer instead of right now. (It’s over 1,000 freaking pages for pity’s sake!!) So, it’s being reserved for a very long road trip! An interesting story: I never wished to read Bleak House. The plot seemed heavy, tedious, and dragging. My opinions were swayed (as with Little Dorrit) when I watched a movie preview based upon the work.
Let me add a tip here: If a book appears tiresome, research if it’s been made into a movie. Watching previews may prick your interest.
Prophet by Frank Peretti:
You could say I’m a fan of his works. All of his stories are filled with fantastic symbolism and thrilling suspense. When speaking about his older works, the main themes deal with good vs. evil in the Christian life. Prophet looks like no exception. They are best read during a time when you have nothing else better to do. Why? Because of their sheer non-put-downableness! (Yes, I just made up a word) Hence, it’s going on the road with me! Binge reading, here I come!
Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoevsky
Point blank: I have never read a Russian novel. This needs to change! I tried reading it when I was younger, but because of my lack of interest, I only read the first chapter. Since then, it’s been sitting on my shelf feeling all lonely and sad. Don’t you think it’s high time to try again?
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (not pictured)
There’s one primary reason why I wish to read this: It was once banned. Ignites the fires of interest, doesn’t it? Besides, what else screams summer like floating down the Mississippi river?