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My Summer Bookbag

Going on vacation soon, here’s what I’ll be taking in my bookbag. Well, my digital one. Though we might find ourselves on the beach in San Diego for a day, I doubt I’ll have a lot of time to read. And with 3- and 2-year-old boys, reading on the beach might be a bit irresponsible.

If I get time, here’s what I’ll read:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (fiction). My sister-in-law recommended this one and it’s at the top of most bestseller lists, including the other two in the trilogy. I’m cautious about reading books in series. Seems like such a commitment.
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (non-fiction). I’m still reading through this one and not yet inspired to write fiction.
  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow (fiction). This one is also still on my to-read list. I read a chapter or two at the gym but wasn’t too interested. I’ll give it another try.
  • Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts by Greg Wright (non-fiction). I ran sound at a wedding recently. Two things about weddings for me lately: (1) I must be getting older, because the bride and groom look more like kids, and (2) I’m remembering less my own wedding and anticipating more those of our girls’, who are 12 and 11. I’ve been pretty intentional about spending time with our girls, but we’re headed into teen years and it’s time for me to ramp up the intensity of my involvement.
  • The Pastor, a memoirby Eugene Peterson (non-fiction). I read the first couple of chapters of this as a sample from the iBookstore—a fantastic feature that allows you download the book and then purchase it if you like it, sort of like sitting in Barnes and Noble but without the Starbucks coffee and white chocolate raspberry dessert from The Cheesecake Factory. A friend recommended The Pastor to me, saying Peterson’s writing reminded him of mine. I suppose I like my writing, because the book is great so far.
  • Some classics. I also downloaded some of the classic (public domain) books offered at the iBookstore. I’ll force myself to read a couple of these more difficult to read selections.
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
    • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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