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.

 

My Summer Reading List

Since it’s that time of year when I’m on vacation from all the required readings for university courses,  I decided to put together a list of what I’m hoping to read instead.

I hope that my reading picks for the summer inspire you guys to maybe expand your reading lists or add some of my picks to them!

So without further ado, here’s my summer reading list:

  1.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Since I was at work one day and came across that there’s a new TV series being based on this book, I decided to give it a read. It’s definitely not for younger audiences, but it is a very thought provoking work.
  2. John A: The Man Who Made Us by Richard Gwyn: Usually I’m not a terribly big fan of Canadian history, but this is an interesting biography of Sir John A. Macdonald. Not to mention, given it was just the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it seems only appropriate to learn a bit more about the country I call home.
  3. They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children by Romeo Dallaire: Since I read Dallaire’s book about the Rwandan genocide and found it to be amazing, I decided to pick up his other book the last time I was at Chapters. So far I’ve only read a chapter, but it is very informative and well written.
  4. The Craft and Business of Writing by Writer’s Digest Books: I picked this book up as something to read when I’m stuck in a rut with my writing, and just for inspiration. Especially for all those (like me) going into new jobs where writing is paramount, it might be good to take a look at.
  5.  Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: I haven’t picked this book up yet, but since I loved Divergent I figured I’d check out her latest work! It sounds like a very promising summer read.
  6. The Atlantic and The Diplomat Magazine: Since I will be writing for the school paper this next year, there’s nowhere better to look for writing inspiration. Shout out to my dad for giving these to me as a birthday present!
  7. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford: I picked this up on yet (another) Chapters run because it looked intriguing. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m sure I will one of these summer nights.
  8. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine: After hearing many a time about this influential work, I decided to give it a read. I’m sure it will enlightening and useful going forward with more political science and philosophy classes.
  9. The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper by Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund: This is probably one of the darkest summer books I picked up, but ever since I traveled to London I’ve been fascinated with Jack the Ripper. I wouldn’t recommend reading this late at night, as it goes into a lot of detail about the murders. If you’re into this kind of book, I also recommend you check out Last Podcast on the Left and their series of podcasts on Jack the Ripper.

What are you guys reading? Leave your favorite pick down below in the comments!

-Mel.

P.S. Sorry for the long gap between posts, I took a much needed break! I do have a bunch of great posts queued up for the upcoming school year, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Day 28-Goals For The Next 30 Days

  1. Hike Tunnel mountain.
  2. Hike Sulpher mountain.
  3. Get in shape, via exercise and cooking better meals.
  4. Take more photos.
  5. Go canoeing/kayaking.
  6. Go biking to the Vermillion Lakes.
  7. Work on my summer writing project.
  8. Go outside in general (more).
  9. Read all the books!
  10. Visit my family at *least* once.

What are your goals for the next month? Leave them in the comments!

-Mel.