Reading Lists: June and July

by Kim on July 5, 2011 · 31 comments

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For the last several months I’ve been putting together a list of books I’m hoping to read during that month. Some months have been more successful than others, but it’s still fun to think about books, make the list, and have it around for a guide if I get stuck trying to decide what to read.

I had a list of eight books I wanted to finished in June. I ended up reading nine books, but only four of them were from the original list (those in bold below):

  1. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind by Ellen F. Brown and John Riley
  2. Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz
  3. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins
  4. Election by Tom Perotta
  5. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch
  6. The Housekeeper and the Professor Yoko Ogawa
  7. The Center of Everything Laura Moriarty
  8. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  9. The Secret Ingredient by Laura Schaefer
All great books, but really, June was not my most successful month following “the list.” I blame Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, which sent me off on a fiction binge that knocked all sorts of good nonfiction off my radar. However, July is another month. Here’s what I’d like to get to:

  1. Haiti: After the Earthquake, by Paul Farmer, which I’m reviewing for our local newspaper.
  2. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir for the Year of Feminist Classics project. I even bought a copy of the new translation… so I better actually read this!
  3. PAGE ONE: Inside the New York Times, a review copy from Public Affairs that I am So. Excited. About.
  4. Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá, a review copy I received sometime last year that’s coming out in paperback this month.
  5. The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry for BookClubSandwich (July 25! Join us!).
  6. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet for my Madison-area book club.
  7. Something Inside of Me by Chitoka Webb, a review copy from BEA that I’d like to get to.
  8. One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina, a new book coming out from Graywolf Press that I picked up at BEA.

I also really want to finish Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl, which I started last month but put aside during Fiction-Palooza, June 13 to 30, 2010. The book was really good, but a little much for my pre-vacation, summer brain to handle.

What books are you most excited to read in July?

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