Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Reading 2014

Spring has not been a very good reading season for me—at least in numbers of books read, and time to read them. I have read some excellent books this year, but mainly before the Great House Painting Adventure began. All through the reading drought that that has caused, I've been looking forward to the summer months when I can simply relax and sit out on the pool deck with a good book—or even better, a pile of good books. I've consoled myself in the meantime by putting together a good summer reading list. This is almost certainly not all I'll read this summer; I always end up flying through these lists faster than expected. But these are the books I especially want to read:

This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Pastoral by Nevil Shute
The Shadow Things by Jennifer Freitag
Until That Distant Day by Jill Stengl
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Miss Elizabeth Bennet: A Play From Pride and Prejudice by A.A. Milne
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
The Third Man by Grahame Green
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
National Avenue by Booth Tarkington
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Aunt Huldah: Proprietor of the Wagon-Tire House and Genial Philosopher of the Cattle Country by Grace McGowan Cooke and Alice McGowan
High, Wide and Lonesome: Growing Up on the Colorado Frontier by Hal Borland

[Edited later to add links to my reviews]

Wonder of wonders, there are actually five books on this list that were published in my own lifetime—three of them brand new releases. I must be broadening my horizons a bit. I may actually be able to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards this year!


Rachel Heffington said...

Oh Crikey: Milne AND Austen in one book? You MUST tell me how it is!

Elisabeth Grace Foley said...

Hey, you're back! Welcome home!

There's a few snippets of Miss Elizabeth Bennet in this blog post where I first heard of it—it sounds absolutely delightful. Trouble is, it seems very hard to come by. We shall see what magic interlibrary loan can work.