Posts Tagged ‘summer reading’

I don’t usually give up on a book but there is something about my choices as of late. I have set aside two books in a row in the past week and I am in search of one that catches my attention.

My goal this summer is to read 4000 pages. I am almost half-way through this goal and I have come to a roadblock. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man left me feeling like I was surely going to roast in hell for the rest of my life, despite the fact that I try my damnedest live in an upright way and I was surprised that A Short History of Women could make even the life of Dorothy Trevor Townsend a bore to read. (No offence to the authors of these fine novels, I’m sure they will please someone…)

I was beginning to feel guilty about my lack of appreciation for these fine pieces of literature but you know what, this is summer and I am reading for enjoyment dammit! So here goes, my new book of choice is…

A comic mystery in which detectives Jack Spratt and Mary Mary set out to solve the murder of Humpty Dumpty, notorious sitter of walls.

So here’s to summer reading lists and slight deviations from them.


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I have decided that this summer I am going back in time to the days of Pizza Hut summer reading charts. Remember those days? When every child big and small came together to keep up with their reading during the summer months. Our goal was one and the same–pizza. Everyone pushed themselves until they read enough pages to warrant a warm, hot, gooey, child-sized personal pizza. Well, this year the goal has changed and I have upped the ante.

My goal: 3000 glorious pages

My prize: various reading related goodies that I wouldn’t buy otherwise.

Here is where I am so far:
One Hundred Years of Solitude, 448 pages
Anna Karenina, 150 pages
A Clockwork Orange, 165 pages
The Great Divorce, 146 pages

All for a grand total of 909 pages. More to come…

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