In Conclusion – My Summer 2014 Reading List

Way back at the beginning of the summer, I posted my To Read list for the coming months.

So how did I do? Well, here’s the list:

1. Maps & Legends by Michael Chabon

Status: Unread

2. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Status: Unread

3. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Status: Read! Read my review here.

4. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

Status: Unread (I blame all my high school English teachers. Shouldn’t I have read this one then?)

5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

Status: Read (Well, mostly. I got about halfway through before I had to return it to the library but I feel like I got the gist. I chose this one because I found it on a list of Great American Novels but I don’t see what the fuss is all about. If I’m missing something amazing in that second half, let me know.)

6. No Relation – Terry Fallis

Status: Read

7. The World – Bill Gaston

Status: Read! Read my review here.

8. The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass

Status: Unread

9. Alone in the Classroom – Elizabeth Hay

Status: Unread

10. A Year of Biblical Womanhood – Rachel Held Evans

Status: Read! Review coming.

11.  Across the River and into the Trees – Ernest Hemingway

Status: Currently Reading

12. The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson

Status: Read

13. Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Status: Unread

14. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Status: Unread

15. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Status: Unread

16. This Side of Brightness – Collum McCann

Status: Unread

17. Transatlantic by Collum McCann

Status: Unread (But really want to read these 2 because I love Collum McCann.)

18. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Status: Read! (Read my review here.)

19.  And No Birds Sang – Farley Mowat

Status: Unread

20. The Girl Who was Saturday Night – Heather O’Neill

Status: Read

21. A Tale for the time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Status: Unread

22. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Status: Read! Read my review here.

23. House Calls by Float Plane – Alan Swan

Status: Unread

24. The Flying Troutmans – Miriam Toews

Status: Unread (Instead, I read Toews’ most recent novel, All My Puny Sorrows, which was truly excellent.)

25.Indian Horse – Richard Wagamese

Status: Unread (Again, I got my hands on Wagamese’s most recent novel, Medicine Walk, and read that instead.)

So that works out to me having read 10 out of the 25 titles on my summer list. Not a great percentage. However, and in my defense, those aren’t the only books I read this summer.

Here’s what else kept me busy:

1. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

5. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

6. Open by Lisa Moore

7. Man by Kim Thuy

8. Juliet was a Surprise by Bill Gaston

That makes me feel a bit better about myself.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my Autumn 2014 Reading List!

 

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