Monday, June 3, 2019

12 Books of Summer 2019!

I am joining this just in time! Saw it on Cleo's blog. This challenge is hosted by Cathy at 746Books.

For June, I am focusing on the first five.

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

I've had this on hold for a long time at the library, and it finally came in! A past group read in one of my Goodreads groups, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club; I am trying to read 12 past group reads this year (I have 5 left)!

As You Like It  William Shakespeare

I meant to read this last month. I hope I'll have a chance to go see it this summer.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon own

Trying to finish this (abridged version, 700 pgs) which I started in March. I am 63% done.

Metamorphoses  Ovid - already started (January) own

I am 65% done. I am hoping I can finish books XI-XII this month and the rest next month.  

The Wild Girls a short story + essay by Ursula Le Guin (with Goodreads group) library 

Autobiography JS Mill Back to the Classics Challenge (19th century) own

I have read On Liberty a few years ago, but nothing else by him.

The Sound & the Fury William Faulkner Back to the Classics Challenge (tragic novel) library

Dancing at the Edge of the World Ursula Le Guin (with Goodreads group) essay collection library 

I Explain a Few Things: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda -- already started (March) own

I'm enjoying this! Not sure if I will finish it during the challenge.  

Kwaidan - Lafcadio Hearne Back to the Classics Challenge (Asian classic) library
A collection of Japanese ghost stories. I wanted to include a short story collection, and this will fit in with my Back to the Classics challenge.   

The Communist Manifesto  for the Classics Club (reread) own

The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller (library)

Another past group read for the challenge. 


  1. I love the variety of your list!

    It's hard to fathom how 700 pages is an abridgment... Gibbon definitely scares me!

    The Sound and the Fury is pretty dark, but the narrative style is interesting. Faulkner wanted it to be published with color-coding so the readers could catch on to the different perspectives. It wasn't quite as difficult as I expected, just different. :)

  2. Interesting to know that re. The Sound and the Fury.

    Gibbon is part of the Well-Educated Mind history list that Ruth, Cleo and I are reading through. It is not as hard as some of the other classics I have read, just really long. :-) I still need to review _A Vindication of the Rights of Woman_ from the list. _The Communist Manifesto _ is also from the list.

  3. OOooooh some absolute classics here - what a summer!


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