Thursday, May 9, 2013

Confession time, or Am I a bad Canadian?

I hate to state with any sense of definitiveness that I think, spring has perhaps come to Calgary at long last, maybe.

This being the somewhat tentative case, I've started setting my reading goals for the summer and accumulating piles of books that I’d like to take a gander at in the next four months.  Four months sounds like a long time and I should be able to get through masses of them - which never seems to happen.

Anyway, besides the many newer titles I'm anxious to read (Liar & Spy, Lulu Walks the Dogs, Three Times Lucky, Close to Famous, Steampunk Poe, Piper of Shadonia, Following Christopher Creed, etc.  etc.  etc.  to name a few) I've also decide to work in a few classic kids titles that I've never read.

I'm doing well with having read Good night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian already.  A World War II story about the evacuation of children from London and the connection that develops between a withdrawn, grumpy old man and an abused boy.  A little sappy but I really enjoyed this one.

Second, I'm listening to I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.  This one was recommended by Janet (guest blogger here) as we both read The Montmaray trilogy.  Janet saw lots of parallels between the books and I so enjoyed the trilogy that I decided to look this one up.

And third is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I know. I know.  How remiss.  Does it make me a bad Canadian not to have read this one?  I'm looking to address my oversight and try not to envision Megan Follows (actress who played Anne in the 1980s series) as Anne.

A modest goal I admit but there really is so much else to get caught up on…sigh…

The book lover's lament: too many books, not enough waking hours.

What are some of your summer reading picks or goals?  I would love to hear some of your recommendations, too.


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