Sunday, July 1, 2018

July Reading Stack

There were six books in my reading stack for June, and three were not completed. City of God, by Augustine, will not be done until the end of the year, and  I only started The Long Winter a few days ago, which should be done in a few more days. The one book I did not start at all was Beak House, by Dickens. It just did not happen.

Of the books I completed: Utopia was dull, Tess of D'Urbervilles was haunting; but my most engrossing read, which took up most of my reading time, was Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain.

Now it is July, and here is the plan:

Continue reading City of God. This is amazing ancient literature.

"The True End of Civil Government," by John Locke, for TWEM Histories project.

A Woman's Educationby Jill Ker Conway. This is the continuation of the author's life, after she left Australia and came to America. *NOTE: I totally messed up my book stack image. Swap out The Road From Coorain, by the same author, for this book. I truly am so tired from lack of sleep in the month of June; therefore, I am not surprised I did this. 

The Republic of Imagination, by Azar Nafisi. Also a continuation of the author's life, in America, after leaving Iran. It's bookish-related, too.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is time to begin reading Austen all over again.

Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the next book in the Little House-athon read-along.

I should finish most of these books, particularly because my schedule is freed up for July. I also need to learn how to read in the middle of the night when my brain refuses to sleep. I have not been myself the entire month of June, but instead of taking advantage of sleepless nights, I tried to fight it -- and lost every time (meaning, I tossed and turned and woke up late and exhausted every morning).

So maybe July will be better, I hope. At least, I am definitely excited to get started on several of these.


Marian H said...

I like the variety in your stack! Hoping you'll be able to get better sleep this month... sometimes that is the best use for "dull" books (a la Utopia).

Cleo said...

Wow, Ruth, I hope you get more sleep soon! Lack of it really throws you off and the old brain does not function like it should. I often get only 4-5 hours sleep lately because of my job but I think I'm getting used to it. I feel fine, but I must admit my brain doesn't work as well as when I get more. Best of luck with your reading. I hope for more consistent reading time, but it might be a fruitless hope for the next couple of months.

Cleo said...

I'm glad you're enjoying City of God. It's such a different tone from Confessions that I'm still having to get used to it. You're so ahead of me now on the WEM list I wonder if I'll ever catch up.

I just watched the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. l love it! A re-read of the book would be just the thing!