Back in Familiar Territory

25 Jun

Last summer I blogged every day. When school started again, I just stopped, quite abruptly. I did that with the gym too. I went five times a week all summer and I paid for the gym for five months after I stopped going. So, this summer I’m going to try something a bit different. I don’t plan on going back to the gym, but I’m going to check out a yoga studio and plan on doing lap swims. Last summer, I forced myself to blog every day. This summer I’m going to force myself to write every day, but it might not always be a blog entry.

Summer 2011My summer just wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have a stack of books waiting for me. Last year, this was my stack. There were seven on my list and I read five of them. The two I didn’t read are When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Ophelia. Neither of them made it into my stack this summer, which is much bigger this year. My book club book for July is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I read this months ago, and I highly recommend it! Having read it will allow me to delve into the stack of books that I already have set aside.

Summer 2012So here’s my 2012 summer reading list:

1. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
3. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
4. One Summer by David Baldacci
5. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
6. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
9. Divergent by Veronica Roth
10. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
11. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

There’s a lot of YA fiction there, but that goes with the territory of being a high school English teacher. So many books and only 61 days of summer vacation. Good thing I already read my book club book. Now, if I only knew which book I should start with.

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4 Responses to “Back in Familiar Territory”

  1. Diana O. June 26, 2012 at 7:58 AM #

    I have only read one book on your list . . . The Secret Life of Bees. Loved it. Have you read A Dog’s Purpose or The Gurnesey Potato Peel Pie Literary Society?

    • Debbie G June 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM #

      Diana, I haven’t read either, but I have The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society sitting right here beside me on my desk. I tried to read it when it first came out, and couldn’t seem to get into it. Should I persist?

  2. Leanne June 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM #

    Glad you’re back, Debbie! I’ve missed your blog! Having read the above comment, I have to tell you that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of my all-time favourite books. I read it several years ago, and plan to reread it again soon. I just love it, and I absolutely recommend you give it another try.

    I have a few of your choices on my list of summer reads. Before I Go to Sleep and The Friday Night Knitting Club are both on my bookshelves waiting to be read. I’ve already read The Secret Life of Bees, Secret Daughter, and Sarah’s Key and enjoyed them all. Happy reading! You’ve inspired a blog post — I just realized I haven’t written about my summer selections yet.

  3. Diana O. June 27, 2012 at 8:13 AM #

    The book gets more interesting once you get into it. It seems kind of frivolous at first but I learned some things about life during the war I had not known before, specifically regarding prisoners forced into slavery by the Germans.

    Anyone who loves dogs will enjoy A Dog’s Purpose. Tears flowed a few times and I had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed so I could get up for work the next day. I will download some of your other choices for summer vacation.

    Right now I am halfway through Freakonomics, a bokk written by economists, which sounds incredibly dry but which puts forth some very interesting theories. For example, violent crime has been decreasing dramatically since the 1990s and the book attributes this to Roe vs. Wade. Too comolicated to explain but it makes perfect sense.

    Looking forward to reading about your reading.

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