Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer Reads | My Plans

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Hello My Lovelies!
As part of my Summer Edit series I want to share what I plan to read over the next few months. It's also coming up for Booktubeathon which is running from the 14th-20th of July so I'm preparing for that too.
I've recently reorganized my books (again) and during the process I pulled out all the books I wanted to read right then and placed them at the front. If I can get to them easily I'll be more likely to read them. Mixed in a few new purchases and this is what I came out with.
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Firstly is the non-fiction. I want to read more non-fiction, learn more about the world and expand my mind a bit. Naill Ferguson is a historian who has written several books on how we've come to be the way we are. The Ascent of Money tells the financial history of the world and how the economy, and the people who control, it have shaped the world we live in. 
Books v. Cigarettes by George Orwell is a collection of essays about Books. I have already read the first, which shares its title with the book. It discusses the argument that books are too expensive and that reading is costly hobby. Orwell pretty much buries this argument. I'm really excited to read the rest and will definitely be reviewing this collection.
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf is very highly praised feminist essay. Discussing intellectual freedom and equality of female creativity. I have tried to read this before but I don't think I was mature enough to appreciate it.
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You all know I love the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and with the recent release of City of Heavenly Fire (you knew it wouldn't take me long to get my hands on a copy) I have a renewed excitement to finish the series. I stopped reading this series at book four, but now the series is complete I'm looking forward to marathoning it.
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Now on to the Classics. Those books you mean to get to but some how never do. I have stacks of classics I want to get to but here's the ones that stand out right now.
Firstly is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, everybody has this on their to-be-read list and I have attempted it many times without much success. I think I just had difficult understanding the language used and I know have a higher level of reading comprehension I think I can take this on.
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a beast of a book. Dostoevsky is one of the great Russian authors and I have been meaning to read his work for a long time. The Idiot is just the first one I happened to buy. It's about a Russian Prince who loses his memory... and that's about all I can really glean from the synopsis.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is one of those books I had wrongly passed over. I assumed by the title that it was some kind of ghost story. Really it's a detective story and as a bonus there is a character named Laura. I know that's not the best reason to pick up a book but it rare that I share names with a character.
Lastly for the section The Complete Novels of Jane Austen. Now, I don't plan on reading this all at once. I alternate Austen with other novels. 
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Lastly is just two random choices. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood is book I originally discovered through a quote in another book. I was mesmerized and have wanted read it ever since and now I'm gonna.
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult is one I started reading seven years ago and never quite got round to finishing. In fact it sat open on my bathroom window sill for about six months growing yellow before I put it away.

And if I happen to finish them all... well I'm pretty sure I've got plenty of other things to read. Like the entire Oz series by Frank L Baum or Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Or if all else fails there's alway Anna Karenina or Vanity Fair.

What are you Reading this Summer?
Love and Bugs

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