Tuesday, May 04, 2010

a lofty goal

The semester is over and I'm more than happy to have it behind me. It was a doozy....to say the least. On to better things, like summer and reading for fun!!

There are SO many good books out there that I want to read and so I have decided to set a goal to read 30 books over (my) summer-->which ends around August 18, when the Fall semester begins.

Here are the books I plan to read, not necessarily in the order I will read them:

1) Dune Road by Jane Green completed 5.1.10
2) Baby Proof by Emily Giffin completed 5.6.10
3) The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
4) The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff
5) Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman
6) Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell
7) Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
8) My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young
9) Who By Fire by Diana Spechler
10) Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
11) The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato
12) Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
13) Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas
14) The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
15) Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
16) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
17) Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
18) The 10 Best Days of My Life by Adena Halpern
19) The Accidental by Ali Smith
20) Promises to Keep by Jane Green
21) Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
22) The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
23) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
24) Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
25) Room for Love by Andrea Meyer
26) Tuscan Holiday by Holly Chamberlin
27) The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
28) Real Life & Liars by Kristina Riggle
29) The Local News by Miriam Gershow
30) Swapping Lives by Jane Green

Phew...that's a long list, but I'm pretty excited about it. Shamefully, I already have most of these books and they are piled up high on my nightstand.

There is a nice mixture of chick-lit as well as some more serious fiction novels. I'm really into reading about the Nazi era. I've never been much into history but since reading Sarah's Key, I'm very interested in reading (and learning) more about this sad time in history.

Also, I scored 3 books at the used book store for only $8 last week. Yay!

And I'm super excited that mom, E and I will be taking a day trip to Atlanta on 5.21 to take part in Emily Giffin's book signing of "Heart of the Matter." Yay! So excited!

In the spirit of reading, here is a coupon for 33% off one item at Borders.


Travel & Dive Girl said...

First - congrats on finishing your semester.

Wow! That is a hefty list. My goal is to be able to finish the 800 page piece of literary garbage I'm reading now (I refuse to let it beat me) and 3 more over the summer.

M.J. said...

You must be so excited to finally have time to read for PLEASURE! Let me know if you find any of these particularly good--I'm always looking for a new book to read.

Fidgeting Gidget said...

Oooh, those all sound good. I just was perusing Amazon today for more stuff to add to my list. You're going to love Those Who Save Us.

em said...

I've read Those Who Save Us, The Zookeeper's Wife, and Middlesex from your list. And Sarah's Key is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I recall seriously sobbing while reading it...on a plane. Yeah...I looked like a fool! I am going to check out all your choices!

Amy said...

I am going to have to remember The Zookeeper's Wife to add to my Holocaust selection that I haven't read in awhile.

I read Middlesex a few years ago. It was good - different - not a quick read kind of book. I'd save that one until the end, in case it goes slow it doesn't hamper your progress!

emilysuze said...

That's so exciting that you were able to work out a plan to go to Atlanta! Have fun on your mini-holiday. :)

I'm going to steal a few of your books and put them on my list of things to read now that I have the spare time with only have one child in the house instead of two. ;)