But right now, you are probably reading for pleasure. I am too. I am finishing the last 25 pages of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, which is really her spoof of the gothic novels of her day, and while it is not my favorite Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Emma), it's the last of her novels for me to read. I feel a little sad about that, but excited to read some contemporary novelists this summer. In the stack of novels beside my bed are Louise Erdrich's The Round House, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, and Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table. I have non-fiction (Alex Ross's The Rest is Noise) and short story collections by George Sanders, William Trevor, and Edna O'Brien there too, so I have lots to look forward to.
What are you reading now and what do you think you will be reading for your summer reading "work of literary merit" choice? If you visit here, as a comment to the blog, just drop a quick line to share the names of the titles. I hope you have a great time exploring new worlds through reading this summer!
August 1, 2016: Just an update on what I am reading--and loving--Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton, as I read and listen to the soundtrack of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, the Revolution. It's been a great opportunity to renew my interest in early American history and to see the current political scene through the lens of these two authors' works. I also finished Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, which I added to the English 10H summer reading list as a hero's journey story to accompany Homer's great Odyssey. It's a delight to be reading and enjoying time with family and time outdoors. I hope your summer reading and relaxing time is going well. Can't wait to hear what you are reading and thinking about.