{Fireside Fridays} Summer Plans

Okay, so I realize that summer technically begins on June 21 this year, but in my mind, summer starts this Monday, June 1st. Solstices aside, summer is right around the corner, which means, of course, more time for reading. Last year, I made it my goal to read fifty books during the summer (including May, actually), and I did. This year, I’m not so much focused on the amount of books as I am on the quality.  Today I’m going to give you a little peek into what I hope to read this summer.


  • Redwall ~ Brian Jacques. I finally decided to try this large, loved series upon the recommendations of so many people. I’ve only read one book so far, but I’m already enjoying it. I’m not sure if I’ll read the whole series this summer (twenty-something books is a little daunting, and I don’t like to read too many books by one author all at once), but I definitely plan on visiting Jacques’ world several more times.
  • The Gormenghast Novels ~ Mervyn Peake. A huge fantasy trilogy, it’s supposed to be up there with Tolkien’s stuff, and it’s highly reccomended by C. S. Lewis. What’s not to like? I tried to starting it a few weeks ago, but with finals, I felt like I wasn’t ready to devote the time and mental energy to such a massive work.
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb ~ Richard Rhodes. Okay, this may seem a little odd, but I want to branch out and try more non-fiction. Plus, the Manhattan Project has always fascinated me, and a few weeks ago, my chemistry teacher recommended this book. It’s rather long, but it’s supposed to be very interesting, and I want to keep learning this summer, even if it’s not in the conventional way.
  • Seabiscuit ~ Laura Hillenbrand. I absolutely love Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, which many of you have probably read or at least heard about. Her first book, however, is Seabiscuit, and it’s supposed to be excellent as well.
  • Don’t Waste Your Life ~ John Piper. Another book that’s come highly recommended from several other people. I think the topic is especially applicable to someone my age, facing the decisions I’m going to.
  • Till We Have Faces ~ C. S. Lewis. I’ve already read this once for school, but I’ve heard it’s one of those books you can read over and over and get something new from it each time. Plus, I probably didn’t understand half of what he wanted to convey. Even better, I’m going to be reading and discussing it with my mom, which I’m so excited for.
  • John Adams ~ David McCullough. I read one of MucCullough’s books earlier, 1776, and enjoyed it. This one is supposed to be very good, and I’m excited to learn more about this admirable man and his family.
  • 50 Great Short Stories ~ edited by Milton Crane. Honestly, just a partial list of the contributing authors is enough to make me want to get my hands on this right away—Hawthorne, Poe, Henry James, E. B. White … Not only is it great literature, I hope it’ll help me improve my own short stories.

Now it’s your turn. What are you planning on reading this summer? And do you have any recommendations for me—whether it’s fantasy, classics, or non-fiction? I’d love to know your  plans and suggestions!


  1. Well, the hard thing with choosing books to read over the summer is that I always want to re-read the books I liked from last summer. So I’m going to re-read Beowulf, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and maybe ‘Till We Have Faces. I’m also going to be reading The Aeneid, and hopefully some of the Edda. I’ll be interested in what you think of Redwall, though.

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    • Oh, yes, that’s true. I always struggle between the desire to reread old treasures and discover new ones. Ah, Beowful and Lotr are some of my favorites. ❤ And enjoy The Aeneid! It's wonderful. =D


  2. Oooh! I just read Till We Have Faces, and I fell in love with it! I actually got to talk with a Christian college professor (Dr. Hake who works at Patrick Henry College) about the book, and his insights really moved me. If you would like I can send you my notes and questions about the book. You probably won’t be interested, but I thought I would offer 😉
    I have a big reading this this summer, too– some I am really looking forward to (such as The Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables) and others not so much (such as War and Peace.) But like you, I am going for quality books this summer instead of quantity.

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    • Wow, that sounds awesome! I actually would be quite interested, but is there a way to share them without me having to give an email address? I just don’t like sharing personal info for all to see. x)
      Ohh, sounds like you have some great books lined up for this summer! Les Mis and Two Cities are some of my favorites. ❤ My mom is actually reading War and Peace right now, and she's actually really enjoying it, although she didn't expect to. So you might be surprised!


      • I think so. I have posted an e-mail address on my blog (the contact me page.) It isn’t my personal e-mail address, but it works well for online interactions. If you don’t want to share your e-mail address, I understand, and I can post my notes here. But would appreciate it if you would not approve that comment so that the notes don’t go public.
        Okay, I will at least give it a chance 😉 My mom actually read War and Peace, too, and liked it, but I struggle with Russian literature in general (though I did enjoy the ending of Crime and Punishment.)

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  3. Yay for Redwall! I really want to read Till We Have Faces as well. 🙂 And Don’t Waste Your Life sound like a good read.
    I’m going to re-read The Fellowship of the Ring, and hopefully I’ll get around to The Two Towers and The Return of the King as well. Also the Mistborn series, if I can get my hands on it. 😀

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  4. Hmmm…most of what my siblings read this year and I didn’t. So the parts of the Iliad we didn’t get to in Lit class, what my brother read in Omnibus (Death of Salesman, 1984, Animal Farm, etc…), plus some other random tidbits from my siblings (like my sister wants me to read A Child’s Geography of the World, which is actually quite hilarious because it’s so old)…I do hope I’ll actually get to all these; I’ve found I’ve developed ~significant~ concentration problems over this year…I really hope to get my ability to read deeply for a couple hours back. And maybe some non-fiction books or old ones to reread. *nods* *hopes I’m not being too ambitious*

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    • I don’t think you’re being too ambitious. =D You can do it! Actually, that’s a lot like what I’m doing—there’s a whole Omnibus book I won’t get to, since I started a year late, so I’m going to be reading several books from there that I won’t get to. Let me know how you like Orwell’s stuff!


  5. I’m going to be reading Mistborn. =DD I’m probably going to try the Dragonkeeper series, or whatever it’s called, however I don’t know if I’ll want such a huge overload of fantasy.
    I really don’t know what else I’ll be reading. xD Now that I think about it, I’ll probably try some nonfiction too; I’ve been wanting to read Revolt Against Maturity by R. J. Rushdooney for a while, so I might attempt that.

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    • *beams* Oh, the one by Donita K. Paul? That’s a good one, too. *nods* Well, maybe you can read some non-fiction in between to space out the fantasy. Wow, that sounds like a good book, too.

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