Books, books, books…

This year, I set a goal for myself of reading 24 books. That doesn’t sound very hard. After all, that’s just two books a month, right?

Well, it’s June and so far I have only read 3 books total. Pretty pathetic, huh? I’m using grading 150+ papers written by high school freshmen and juniors as my excuse, but still, that’s pretty bad. 

This summer, I have plans to do some major catching up on my reading list. Here are the books I’ve read so far this year and a list of books coming soon.

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I bought this book when it first came out with intentions to read it then, but somehow I just got to it earlier this year. It was definitely a page turner, but there weren’t very many characters, so it didn’t end up being much of a mystery in the end. I did like that it was written from different character’s perspectives, so you got to see the story from multiple points of view. I would give the book 4/5 stars. After I read it, my husband wanted to watch the movie, which was a total let-down after reading the book. This was my first Paula Hawkins book, and I would definitely read one of hers again.
  2. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – My husband insisted that I had to read this book and I am so glad that I did! It is now one of my favorite books of all time, and I’ve already bought another of Krakauer’s books because this one was so good. It tells the story of Chris McCandless, who left behind his money and the expectations that society had for him to hitchhike across America. He spent a summer in the Alaskan wilderness and at the end of the season, his body was found by some hunters. Krakauer retraces his steps and tries to figure out how he ended up there and what exactly killed him. It is one of the most beautifully written nonfiction novels I have ever read. Despite the fact that McCandless ends up dead, there are so many things that you can learn from his journey. I completely fell in love with this book and will probably reread it regularly. 
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Okay, I read this book because it was on a list of books all women should read and I had heard a lot of great things about it. The idea behind the book was interesting, but I didn’t love it. I almost had to force myself to finish it, and I really didn’t have a single character that I was really invested in or cared about. 

The next three books on my list are As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (a classic that I have somehow never read), In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (my students’ summer reading assignment). 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? Do you have any suggestions for my To Read list? I’d love to hear your comments! Happy reading! 

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