Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Books I Should Have Read in High School

I was sitting in the school parking lot with my friend Margaret when we started talking about books.  She mentioned a few that she read in high school and I had not.  That got me thinking that there are a lot of books that I have heard about that were not required reading at MY high school.

Near as I can tell, the problem is that I went to school in Greeley, Colorado.  Greeley was a smallish cow town out on the prairie and I think it's possible that they thought we all wouldn't amount to anything so why educate us.  We were all going to just be farmers, clerks at Walmart or truck drivers.

My life long ambition was to get married.  That's night.  I majored in boys!

I'm decided that this can't go on any longer so I'm going to read all of the books that I should have read in high school if I had lived somewhere....like Denver.

Here is the list:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Whuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I'll be starting To Kill a Mockingbird Next week!  If you'd like to join me click here.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Light Between Oceans

This book has been on my Must Read List for a while now.  I was so excited when my Mom gave it to me that I promptly forgot about it and didn't read it for 3 months. In my defense, I was embroiled in much PTA shenanigans.

As soon as Christmas break began, I picked up the book and had a really hard time putting it down, except that my in laws showed up without warning four days before Christmas and I had to wait on them hand and foot when I was near exhaustion from serving Hot Chocolate to 624 elementary school children.

Finally....they left and I had a whole day to read while my family assembled 8036 LEGOS.

So...I don't know why but lately, I keep reading books that are set in other countries that I'll never ever visit.  I think I love this!

Oh.  The book!  I should tell you what the name of the book is!

The Light Between Oceans!

I don't want to give too much of the book away but you should know that it will pull at your heart strings if you're a mother.  If you've ever had a miscarriage, you'll weep.  If you've ever been curious about lighthouses and living without electricity, you'll love this book.

If you'd like to read this book.  Leave me a comment telling me what your reading goal for 2014 is (mine is 45 books) and I'll pull a winner on WEDNESDAY January 8th.

US residents only, please.