School is out for the summer (for me, anyway), and in only a little over a week I have devoured four books. I'm trying to get used to not having anything to study, and books have been a good substitute. But since I have so much time on hand to read these days, I'm trying to choose the books I read more carefully. Of course, I'm still reading fun stuff, but I'm also adding in some books that will help me think a little more.
Here's the books I've read since last Nightstand's post. (The only thing I've started reading from my possibilities list on that post is One Thousand Gifts. A bit of a failure on that count.) All covers but The Crossing are linked to my reviews. I even did a little comparison between Divergent and The Hunger Games. (Divergent won.)
I was in a fiction sort of mood I guess. (Finals sent me there.) Fix by Force was my favorite of the four (seriously, read it), but Divergent was a close second.
So this is a picture of some books I've been reading and some I'm hoping to start in the near future. I think I can do much better at this list than last month's. Hopefully.
I've started Little Women as part of a Louisa May Alcott Summer Reading Challenge at In The Bookcase. I've been wanting to read this for far too long (I may have even started it at one point years ago) so I thought this was the perfect time. I even watched the Winona-Ryder-as-Jo movie version a few days ago. Still one of my favorites, though I'm thinking about getting a hold of the older movie version, just to see how it compares.
On my Kindle I'm reading One Thousand Gifts, which I'm also blogging about every week. I'm liking it much more than I thought I would. (This book is also on my Spring Reading Thing list.)
The Spanish book is there for a reason. I desperately want to learn to speak it fluently. (Well, maybe not that desperately since it hasn't happened yet.) This book leaped at me from the Barnes & Noble shelf because it has the word utterly in it. I should use that word more often.
Bonhoeffer has been on my list for a long while. I will read it this summer.
I've wanted to read The Mysterious Benedict Society since I read this review at Reading to Know. I picked it up at my library and will be getting into it shortly.
I also saw A Red Herring Without Mustard at my library and knew right away that I needed to continue Flavia's story. I haven't read a good mystery since, I think, my last encounter with Flavia in The Weed That String's the Hangman's Bag.
Seeds is a memoir. I got to meet the author a few weeks ago and I just know it will be a good book.
Out of this list I'm most looking forward to Bonhoeffer. I'm hoping to eventually get my hands on the follow-up to Divergent, Insurgent, and I've recently started listening to Sense and Sensibility while I exercise, which isn't exactly motivation, but it does keep me from getting bored. Also, I discovered some free ebooks I got for my Kindle a while back and randomly started reading Rain Song. It's kind of sleepy and slow at the moment, so I read a chapter or two before bed. (It isn't living up to its beautiful cover, I hate to say.)
I've also stopped to wonder recently if reading more than one book at a time is a good thing. I don't think I can help it. Right now I'm really just switching between Little Women and Rain Song. A classic, a contemporary. I think that's a good mix. And the Spanish book gives me non-fiction. Wow, you'd think I was talking about food pyramids (excuse me, it's a plate now).
Leave me a comment and I'll most definitely read your Nightstand post. (Because all I need is more suggestions!)
ETA: I realize I just skipped over May, apparently. This should be titled May and not June, but, alas, if I change it now the link won't work over at 5 Minutes for Books. So, for now, it is June.