Saturday, August 24, 2013

Summer Reading Lists

Well, a while back, the boys got their summer reading lists.  Some of the books were already in the house, and some I had to order.  I try to read the boys' summer reading books, even if I've read them before, to show solidarity with them.  What with the reorganization of my office, plus reorganization of the playrooms (ongoing in both cases), my reading time has been minimal.  But I'll get there, mostly.

Ryan's reading:

Angela's Ashes (Saw the movie, and it was depressing.  I'll skip the book.)
1984 (Read and hated in high school.  Another skip)
Pride and Prejudice (read last year, and enjoyed) OR
Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (Ryan's choice.  I found it for free on the Kindle, and have enjoyed it.)
A Passage to India (A must!)
About A Boy (Liked the movie; hope I'll Like the book.)

Mark's reading:

To Kill A Mockingbird (I've read it about 4 times, and love it.  Mark read it last year.)
Shane (Short.  Maybe this weekend, or next.)
The Hobbit (Not my stile.  Mark's read it twice.)
A Separate Peace (Loved it in high school.  Eager to read it again.)
Of Mice and Men (Classic.  Of course it's on the list.)

And, in case you wondered, Brutus doesn't always eat shoes.  Sometimes he plays with the Planet Dog ball Nichole sent to Thor, which Brutus found in the playroom and carefully hides next to his pillows (and sometimes loses under his pillows!).

Happy Weekending, everyone!


Dexter said...

1984 is pretty good. The movie is very disturbing.

Mango Momma

SissySees said...

Mark's reading list holds a couple of my all-time favorites, The Hobbit, To Kill a Mockingbird (maybe the most favorite of all), and Of Mice and Men (a super-close second for most favorite?).

1984 is okay in book form.

Sue said...

Glad Brutus likes the ball. I miss my ball player. None of the others love it the way Sky did.

Angela's Ashes - hated it

1984 - read it in HS and loved it

Pride and Prejudice- read it ages ago, was OK

Return Of The Native - read ages ago was OK

A Passage To India - don't remember it

About A Boy - never read

To Kill A Mockingbird - have read it many times- loved it

Shane - hated it

The Hobbit - didn't finish it I hated it so much

A Separate Peace- did my English regents paper on it and got 99% loved it

Of Mice and Men - loved it
Hoe did I do, Teach?

Anonymous said...

It's rare that a movie is better than the book, but that's the case with Shane.

We're in total agreement on Angela's Ashes (I only sampled a few pages and knew it wasn't for me), Pride and Prejudice (what elegant, witty, prose), and of course TKAM.

I never read the Hobbit because fantasy doesn't speak to me. And A Separate Peace, I too liked that in HS. Tell me if it's as good the second time around.

pam said...

I like to chose my reading from lists - it gives me focus from the millions and millions of books out there!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

James read About a Boy last semester. He liked it. Made a pretty good movie too if you get the chance to see it.

Our copy of To Kill a Mockingbird (which strangely has my old school stamp on it, woops, hehe) is very tatty because it has been read so many times by all of us. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Blond Duck said...

If you saw what they read down here, you'd cry!

Lapdog Creations said...

Aww, so glad he found the ball and is loving it! :) Now that's a SPECIAL ball...

Blond Duck said...

Happy Tuesday!

Jan Mader said...

Great reading lists! They bring back memories for sure.