Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2015 Summer Reading List

So with the summer season right around the corner, I thought I'd share with you the books I'll be reading. Now I must admit that one of them I already completed, and all of them I've begun. Lately I've gotten into the awful habit of getting halfway through a perfectly lovely book and putting it aside for some other pressing issue. So now I'll be taking them back up again and finishing them for once and for all!

Watership Down by Richard Adams

This one came highly recommended to me, and so I'm determined to read it. From what I can gather reading the introduction and the first few chapters, it follows the story of two particular rabbits, Hazel and Fiver on their great adventure. So naturally a tale of two rabbits is thus far very charming in its own right.

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

I started reading this book when I was about twelve years old, and so most of the symbolism went right over my head. Consequently, I will return to it and at last complete the book. I do so enjoy Lewis' writing style, and so I'm eager to again pick up this book.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

So this particular novel is a bit dark for me. And I'm very sorry, but to me Heathcliff is not the hero of this story. Yes, his story is tragic, but he is so unbelievably selfish! I had gotten a bit stuck at the midpoint, where it seemed to me to be no place further for the story to go. But of course, I probably had only a few pages yet to read before another twist would present itself. Though it was a chilling read, I would like to at last know just how it ends!

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This book is a futuristic tale about people living in complete servitude. It portrays a society that esteems sin as virtue and regards virtue as sin. I believe it to be a startlingly accurate example of a world that has abandoned God. The elements of conditioning the people and suppressing the population through happiness seems a very real possibility for our future. A depressing but good read!

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert

The first half of this book (the part I've thus far read) tells the story of St. John Paul II, beginning with the death of his mother and ending with his accomplishments as pope. This was extremely fascinating as it revealed the many miraculous event surrounding the St. John Paul's papacy. And of course, it gave great insights not only to his constant humility and love, but also to his fight against communism. The second section delves into this saint's five loves: the youth, human love, the Eucharist, Our Lady, and finally, the Cross. It is a quick and inspirational read.

There you are! Now, I'm hoping to add to this list as the Summer progresses, but I figured that this is a good start. :) I hope that you'll be able to relax and dive into a few excellent books the summer!

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