Summer reading is drawing to a close. I always look forward to my summer days relaxing on the porch with ice tea and a good book. Here are some of the highlights…
I started off the summer by rereading “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoevsky. When I read it for the first time in high school, I loved it. I enjoyed it even more the second time! I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I just find myself blown away by Dostoevsky’s ability to capture the inner thoughts of characters. The main character embraces the idea of relevant truth and discovers the consequences. The idea that truth is relevant to each individual is still so prevalent today that it makes this book a timeless classic.
Of course I had to read “Brooklyn” by Colm Tolbin before seeing the movie. The book was okay, but I was disappointed with the ending. This is one of the rare times when I would say the movie was better than book.
I’ll be honest. I bought this book because, as a Doctor Who fan, I loved how it looked, but I actually did read it. The stories were cheesy, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the writing. The figurative language and descriptions were pretty comical at times. But I still love how this book looks on my shelf.
I loved “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman. After reading the Doctor Who stories, Stedman’s writing made me want to jump up and yell, “YES! That is how you use a simile!” The book tells about a man and his wife and their desire to have children. Their grief causes them to break the law and become entangled in a hopeless, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted story.
“Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom was another good summer read!
It wouldn’t be summer without a little Agatha Christie, and now I understand why “Murder on the Orient Express” is one of Christie’s most famous novels. Amazing!
I haven’t finished “Jesus Among Other Gods” by Ravi Zacharias yet, but it is good. I love Zacharias’ perspective and knowledge about Christianity compared to other religions.
“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville…I tried. I read 150 pages of them preparing to set out on their ship. One chapter of Captain Ahab just standing on the deck. And then I gave up.
I read “The Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare after seeing it performed this summer. I don’t think I would have appreciated it without seeing it performed first. I loved seeing Shakespeare’s work brought to life! That’s how a play was meant to be enjoyed.
“A Room with a View” by E. M. Forster was pretty good too.
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