Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Still reading...

Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville

The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas
**LATE UPDATE!!!! I have pulled this one from my reading stack, as it has become a burden. I have tried encouraging myself by watching YouTube book reviews, to no avail. Therefore, I am taking a break from it.

New to me...

The Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas Hardy

Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton

Prairie Fires
Caroline Fraser

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Nabeel Qureshi


Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
Roland H. Bainton

Herman Melvville

The Communist Manifesto
Marx and Engels

The Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan

It's birthday week...just received this on Sunday, and I am adding it to my summer stack! I read The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood, in 1990, and it is time to give it another read.

I am finally excited about all of these books! Hoping the drama in my life has passed for awhile so I may thoroughly pour myself into my reading.

What in your summer stack are you excited about reading?


Hamlette (Rachel) said...

Best of luck with your stack! Sorry Monte Cristo is not working out for you at the moment.

Ruth said...

Thanks. Yeah, maybe I'll give it another go some other time, but it is really slowing me up.

Cleo @ Classical Carousel said...

Don't feel badly, Ruth. I've started a number of re-reads that I had enjoyed the first time but I've found that I'm not as engaged right now (it's me, not the book) and that I'd rather be reading new (old) books. So I've put them aside. The Count of Monte Cristo was one, Don Quixote was another. I'm looking forward to your review of Ethan Frome and I can't wait for Moby Dick! Have a wonderful summer of reading with no more insanity!

Ruth said...

Hey, Cleo...so you have not finished The Count, yet? Or have you returned to it since...? I gave it two months, and it was such a slow go, and I wasn't enjoying it at all.

Instead, I'm almost done with Handmaid's. I CANNOT put it down. That's what I needed right now. Also, I started Hardy's book, and I love the intro. It has sucked me in. Cannot wait to finish Handmaid's so I can get back to Mayor.

You are correct: sometimes it's not the book...it's the reader, and her time, and circumstance that makes the book worth reading.

Have a good summer, too.

Cleo @ Classical Carousel said...

I gave up on The Count. I love it, but I've read it already and it's too much time to invest when there are so many other books to read.

I have an aversion to Margaret Atwood (and modern Canadian authors in general .... well, except Robertson Davies) but I'll have to read that one. I've heard so many good things about it.

Sharon Wilfong said...

I read the Count years ago back when I never put anything down, but I did not like it. I thought the Count was such a jerk. Maybe I didn't understand it, I don't know.

I'm with Cleo. I have not read Atwood, but from what I've heard of the book, it's anti-Christian and I'd rather not read a book like that. However, since you are a Christian, I'll be very interested in your review.

The rest of your list looks great. You'll like Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. I was part of a review team for RZIM when the book came out. I made some good friends on the discussion board. I have been meaning to get a copy of Marx. We read it in high school when we were required to take a class on Comparative Political and Economic Systems. It was a good class, but I doubt they provide it anymore.

Ruth said...

I'm loving The Handmaid's Tale, and I have soooooo much to say about when I'm done. Probably not favorable to the current cause.

Ruth said...

I didn't even get to the part when the Count turns into a jerk...so I can't say much. I couldn't get into it at all. : (

The Handmaid's Tale comes off as anti-Christian, and that's what made me mad when I first read it; but it's not Christian at all! It's anti-man-made religion that happens to use the Old and New Testaments to make a new religion in order to control people. It is unfortunate that people see Christianity as such, thanks to those who have abused it, but if you already know true Christianity, the religion in the story is obviously man-made.

There are so many contradictions to true Christianity. Lots of twisted Scripture. Even the main character wants to know the truth, but I am afraid she will never find out what it is. Not in this story. The intriguing thing is that all of these wicked events in the book are examples of what man has either done or is currently doing right now to his fellow man (and woman)! And they span all world religions and powers, including those who called their ways Christian. : (

I read many years ago, but I look forward to looking at it again.

Paula Vince said...

Wow, what a great, thought-provoking pile of summer reads! I'll look forward to seeing what you think of them all, especially Prairie Fires. It was so detailed and fascinating, and took far longer than I expected to get through. I'll have to read it again some time, since there is surely more to be picked up in subsequent reads. I was proud of getting through Moby Dick, but it felt like such a slog. Nothing like a big book to help us slow down and think though.

Carol said...

I'd be really interests to read your review of Handmaid. I read somewhere that she writes in a very staccato manner which would probably drive me nuts.
I loved the Mayor of C. Such a great character study!

Ruth said...

I can't wait to get to Prairie Fires, too.

Ruth said...

I finished Handmaid. Atwood's writing style is different, but it works well with the context of the story. I'm in the middle of Mayor and I LOVE it so far!!!!!