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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Reading List Part 2

Our public library's summer reading program is in full swing. Previously I shared with you the first third of my reading journey. I finished my 6th book today, which brings me to having finished the 2nd third of the reading program. Here are the books I chose:

The Duggars: 20 and Counting by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. I chose this book because the family's lifestyle fascinates me. I wanted to get (in their own words) some of the reasons why they chose the life they did and how they make it all work. It was quite fascinating and a quick, easy read.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. Although I have already read a fiction book, I did not write it on my list under the "read a fiction or mystery book" section. This book fulfilled both requirements. It is written from the perspective of an autistic boy who finds his neighbor's dog murdered with a garden fork one night. Besides giving the reader an idea of how the autistic mind works, there is also a glimpse into the life of those across the pond in England.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee. I chose this to fulfill the "classic" requirement of the reading program. Now that I'm 30, and I'm reading it again for the first time since high school, I must say that I appreciate it a lot more. I also get the historal and cultural implications I would never have understood in high school.

For the final third of the reading program, I have no restrictions on the books that I must read. I can even do audiobooks! So, what suggestions do you have for my final three books? ( I won't be reading any Anne of Green Gables or anything by the Austen sisters. Much too girly for my likes.)

3 comments:

Wendy said...

Try Gang Leader for a Day. Really interesting read by a sociologist in Chicago. And I'm in the middle of (well, the beginning of) Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life which has interesting thoughts on being a homemaker.

Whitney said...

Have you read The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini? I highly, highly recommend both!

Christy said...

How about some Charles Dickens? Or are you finished with the classics? "David Copperfield" is one of my new favs. Or my ALL TIME favorite is by C.S. Lewis "Until We Have Faces". It's, um, different.