Looking Back and Planning Ahead

10-books I’m not ready to say good-bye to summer just yet, but since it’s September now, it’s time to look back at my 10 Books of Summer. Of the 11 books I had planned to read, I finished 10. Not bad, considering I also read a bunch of books that weren’t on my list. Gone With the Wind was certainly epic, and Beryl Markham’s West With the Night was great fun. Naomi grew on me once I thought about it for a while, and Girl at War rekindled my interest in Central and Eastern European literature. I still have to review The Book of Happiness and read The Story of My Teeth.

What’s coming up? Lots of nonfiction and classics, combined with lots of fun events in the blogosphere.


  • Katie at Doing Dewey has started a nonfiction book club, and in September, we’re reading The Sixth Extinction.
  • Caroline has selected Imre Kertész’ Fateless for the Literature and War Readalong.
  • I’m reading Mark Twain’s Recollections of Joan of Arc, because Fariba had it on her list.
  • The Socratic Salon has Last Night in Montreal coming up. I like what I’ve read so far.
  • The Estella Society is hosting the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X challenge this year. It’s my first time participating, and I’d like to read 2 books for it: Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and John Le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
  • Our vacation is still ahead of us, so I am busy planning what to read. Aside from all of the above, I’m thinking A Man Called Ove (thanks to Eva) and The Mother of All Booklists (because I really need more lists of books I want to read).

Which book are you looking forward to this month?



  1. Yay for lots of nonfiction! I’d like to do more reading along with the Socratic Salon, since the discussions are always so great. And of course, I can’t wait to chat with everyone about The Sixth Extinction! Thanks for joining in on the read-along 🙂

  2. The only book in your pile that I’ve read is Three Men in a Boat, which is a lovely pick-me-up read. Spring started this month in Australia, but where I live it’s still unusually cold and rainy for the time of year. Roll on summer! 🙂 Good luck with all your events, and I hope you enjoy your TBR books.

  3. Thanks for the link. I’m looking forward to read your thoughts on The Sixth Extinction. I’ve been tempted t read it for a while now.
    You did very well with your project.

  4. You’ve done very well with your 10 Books of Summer, especially given all the other books you managed to squeeze into your schedule!

    I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Flannery O’ Connor’s Wise Blood. She’s been on my radar for some time, but I’ve never read her work.

  5. The Mother of All Booklists? I’ve never heard of it before, but I want to read it!
    I’m reading The Sixth Extinction for the nonfiction book club, as well. I’ve already started it, and find it so interesting. It’s exactly the kind of stuff that led me to do a biology degree.
    I’ve seen the RIP challenge around, and it looks like fun – maybe I’ll look and see what I can find for it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Wise Blood.

    • I’m happy to hear you are reading The Sixth Extinction as well. I haven’t started yet. The Mother of All Booklists claims to have the best nonfiction for ages 3 to 103. I’m hoping it will give me some ideas for what to suggest to the kids. Although it’s a given that I will find a lot of interesting books for myself as well…

  6. A Man Called Ove looks good! Have yet to read a Le Carre! Looking forward to your thoughts about those. Finishing up Gone With the Wind. I love this book!!! Even after 5-6 times it is wonderful! Then The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein, The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison for the Literary Wives Club, the newest Sue Grafton (X), The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick…and I’m sure there’ll be more! 🙂

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