Thursday, June 23, 2011

July Reading List!

I have two more books to write reviews for this week--A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak--but I had to work unexpectedly yesterday and was too tired to write anything. I'm also not as far into Tess of the D'Urbervilles as I had planned to be, so I'm going to stretch out the remaining reviews a little.

Today, I'll be posting my reading list for July instead. Anything that doesn't get finished this month will go onto next month's list, but here are the titles that I'm planning to read in addition:

Paris in July Picks
-Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
-The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
-Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (in French)
-Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan (in French)

Books I Should Have Read By Now Picks
-The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
-Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Books to Movies Pick
-Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Misc. Picks
-Bossypants by Tina Fey
-Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind by Graham Hancock
-Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
-Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson
-Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
-Dune by Frank Herbert (part of a six month personal challenge)



  1. Me Talk Pretty one Day is one of my favorite books. I laughed the whole way through it. I will be interested to see what you think of it.

  2. I don't doubt that you read like a machine, but if you pick up Trainspotting, you'll have a hard time doing all that in July. It's a pretty thick book with complex language.

    Gatsby is the fucking best though

  3. Now you are the bad influence: You influenced me into buying The Book Thief so I could read it again. That's not good. Especially because I was hungry when I bought it and I had only enough money to buy the book or myself some food. That was some kind of evil plot wasn't it??

  4. And OMG!!! You haven't freakin' read The Great Gatsby!?!?!? What is wrong with you!?!?!?!?

  5. You're so organised! I am a little planned for July as I've asked a few publishers for French books to review and a nice little selection arrived today. I also have a lot of French films to watch, that's what I get for asking Twitter for recommendations!

    Hrm I have a week left to read three "books I really should have read by now". I should really count Gormenghast as three books...nearly finished the first.

  6. Anne: I love Sedaris and I'm really excited to read it. I know it'll be loads better than Barrel Fever. I was so disappointed with it.

    Ben: Trainspotting is actually a reread for me. The language was an issue the first time I read it, but thankfully my copy has a glossary in the back. I also found that reading it out loud was helpful. My fake Scottish accent is pretty decent so I was able to understand what they were saying that way. I'm definitely looking forward to reading The Great Gatsby.

    Nonners: Remember though, man cannot live on bread alone. ;) I'm sorry I made you buy a book, but it's such a good book that I'm only a little sorry. I promise there was no evil plot, although I guess it's payback for getting me so obsessed with Lewis' novels. And yeah, somehow I was never made to read Gatsby in high school. I think we had a choice of books when that one came up and I picked something else, although I can't remember for the life of me what it might have been.

    Ellie: I also have a tendency to get in over my head every month and I have a feeling July will be no exception. I'm planning on doing a few French films, but I'm going to focus more on French music. I think that people are more aware of things like Amelie and A Very Long Engagement than they are with Yelle, Mano Solo, or Indochine. I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to get through Tess of the D'Urbervilles by the end of this month. I either don't feel like reading it or I have so much going on (like today) that I don't get a chance to.

  7. I have to admit that I plan week by week rather than the month ahead. I did plan my book challenge reads for this month and then changed them. I have tentatively planned them for July but no doubt I will change them again. A few friends want to borrow some books I have which is one of the reasons I changed my list.

    Great list though. You've read Dune before haven't you (or did I imagine that)? I loved that book. Have always meant to give it a re-read. Have you read any of the sequals?

  8. I tend not to get through everything that I plan because I always plan too much. LOL

    I have read Dune before, yes. I haven't read any of the sequels but I know own them and am challenging myself to read one a month for the next six months (original books only; none of the ones written by his son). I'm really excited to read the rest of them.

  9. Yeah, I would probably miss out the ones by his son. It's never the same. Look forward to reading your reviews.

  10. Speaking of being obsessed with C.S. Lewis books, did you ever read the Narnia series?? I don't remember if you said you did or didn't.

  11. Nonners: I've read one or two of them, but I'll eventually read them all. They're on my mental TBR list, the one that's about a million books long and incredibly daunting. LOL