Summer Reading List 2018

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Hello everyone!

Work has been keeping me fairly busy this summer, but I’ve been actively trying to pick up a book when I have some free time. Because of that, I thought that I’d share some of the books on my summer reading list with you!

So, here are the books that I’m trying to read this summer:

  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollenstonecraft: This has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but I think it will be an important read as one of the earlier works of feminist philosophy.
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton: I’ve started reading this book, which is about high society in New York in the 1870s. My only qualm is it can be hard to follow since it’s an older book, but it’s still interesting so far.
  • Three Challenges to Ethics by James Sterba: I snagged this book from a pile of free books that was hanging around the philosophy department. It looks interesting since it discusses the challenges that environmentalism, feminism, and multicultralism pose to traditional ethics.
  • Vimy: The Battle and Legend by Tim Cook: This book was a birthday present that I got a couple of weeks ago. Since I like learning about anything to do with war history, I’m sure it’ll be a great read.
  • Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire: Dallaire’s writing has always struck me as incredibly powerful, and this book did not disappoint. It’s about his experience with PTSD after coming back from Rwanda, and it’s incredibly eye-opening. Word of warning, it does deal with a lot of heavier topics like suicide, so make sure you’re not putting your own mental health at risk by reading it.

What are you reading this summer? Please drop me a comment so I can justify adding more books to my bookshelf!

-Mel.

Day 2: A book you love

While I have many favourite books, there are very few that I’ve loved since I was young. So, today I’ll be writing about Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, which has been one of my favourite books since I was around 11 or 12 years old.

Tuck Everlasting is a book about a young girl named Winnie, who meets the Tucks, a family that hasn’t aged since they drank from a special spring. The woods where the spring is hidden in is on the property of Winnie’s family, and it becomes the problem around which the whole book centers after Winnie accidentally discovers it.

It’s a great story since it has an air of a fairy tale with the adventures Winnie has with the Tucks and a man in the yellow suit trying to buy the spring for his own profit. While the book is placed in the United States in the 1880s, the story seems like it’s in another world with all the hijinks and Wild West aspects of the book. So, if you’re a fan of fantasy books, this is a great read for you!

There’s also an element of romance between Winnie and the youngest son in the Tuck family, Jesse. It has all the qualities of a first love, which makes it very sweet. The romantic aspects of the book aren’t too overwhelming as well, which is a nice change from a lot of current fantasy books.

Most importantly, I love the book because it explores some of the big questions about the value of life and death. The Tucks and their experiences with immortality shed some light about why living forever isn’t everything, and the value of growing up or getting older. The conversations that Winnie and Angus Tuck have while rowing on a lake about the cycle of life are quite touching, which makes it one of my favourite parts of the book.

Overall, if you have a few hours to spare, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Tuck Everlasting and giving it a read. It’s pretty short, so it makes for a great book to slip into a bag while you’re out and about. It’s also been made into a movie, but it’s not the greatest in my opinion, so I’d recommend sticking with the book.

Let me know down below in the comments what your favourite books are, or if you’ve ever read Tuck Everlasting!

-Mel.

 

Day 29-A Book You Love

JUST ONE??

I suppose I’ll go with what I’ve recently read and liked:

  1. Candide by Voltaire: If you ever wanted philosophy and criticism of humans wrapped up in a story with a LOT of coincidences, this is the book for you. It’s pretty funny, and a pretty quick read. You can also read it in the original language if you know French.
  2. The Life and Times: It’s a fanfic about James and Lily mostly, when they were young, still in the Harry Potter universe. Beautifully written and it’ll tear your heart to bits, but it’s so worth it. Read it here.
  3. An Innocent Abroad: It’s a book filled with short stories about travel, but usually so much more. I’ve been reading this off and on at work, but it’s great so far. Find it here on Google Books.

What have you guys been reading? Let me know down below since I need more things to read!!

Also, last 30 Day Challenge I did a similar post about books/series I love, found here.

-Mel.

Day 7-Do you read? What are your favorite books?

I do read a lot, my own interests, and for my classes, especially since I’m in the arts.

My favorite books are mostly series, but these are the top ten that I’ve reread many times.

  1. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini: If you want magic, dragons, elves, dwarves, and humans, this is your go to.
  2. Divirgent Trilogy by Veronica Roth: Dystopian style novel that has a female lead, Tris, that kicks butt. And yes, the books are WAY better than the movies.
  3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Boy with a scar goes on many adventures, if you haven’t heard of it, what are you doing with your life??
  4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman: This one’s a bit creepy, in a good way, and the protagonist Coraline is pretty darn sassy. The animated movie is also great, if you’d rather watch it!
  5. 1984/Animal Farm by George Orwell: If you want either a scarily accurate portrayal of the future, or a giant farm metaphor for communism in Russia, George Orwell is your guy.
  6. Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams: It’s fairy tale mixed with being a teenager, theater, and murder mystery. He’s written a few other novels with the same protagonist, so check those out too!
  7. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: This is a novel about what it would be like to have eternal life, and it’s one of the first books that really spoke to me. It’s super short, and it also has a movie.
  8. The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld: This is a dystopian trilogy (there is a fourth book, however) that follows the story of a girl who just doesn’t fit in. It’ll make you cry, and question beauty ideals.
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Never can go wrong with a classic love story, I’m still secretly looking for my Mr.Darcy.
  10. ANYTHING by Tamora Pierce: And by anything, I mean any one of her series. She writes fantasy mostly, but her worlds are so detailed and some even connect in a giant timeline. Not to mention, a lot of her protagonists are pretty badass ladies.

Anyways, hope this inspires some of you out there to pick up some of these books, because they’re all awesome, by amazing authors. Comment your favorite book below and I might check it out in my free time!

-Mel.