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Now that school has started, I guess summer reading is coming to a close. I only made it a fourth way through my reading list…oh well. I still enjoyed many hours sitting on the porch and reading.
My favorite book from the summer is definitely The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas. Simply brilliant! At the beginning, Dumas had me literally squirming in my seat from the heartbreaking gore, but soon I was bursting out laughing at a romance between a young girl and a tulip-obsessed prisoner. It was fun to read a classic that wasn’t inches thick. I think this book would be a great way to get a taste for 1800’s literature or Dumas’ writing without tackling a massive book. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I have to say that my favorite first-kiss scene is in this book.
Surprisingly my least favorite book was Mansfield Park. Usually I like Jane Austen, but in this case the main character, Fanny Price, just didn’t have enough guts for me. She was very timid and terrified of offending people.
Around the World in 80 Days was a fun book to read while actually traveling around the world. I read most of it on the way to China and finished it on the way back. I loved comparing my travels to the journey of even-keel Phileas Fogg and comical Passepartout. When I read the chapter entitled “In which a Slight Glimpse is had of San Francisco,” I had to laugh since a “slight glimpse” is exactly what I got of SF as I rushed through the airport! My 12 hour flight to China may have felt long, but reading this book made me thankful that it didn’t take weeks to get there!Share on Facebook