I felt very ambitious with my reading list at the beginning of the summer and used this flowchart as a starting point. Although I planned to read more from that list, I only got around to two (The Kite Runner and Half Brother).
Summer 2012 Reading List (Fiction Only)
(What I Finished–with a rating out of 5 stars)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (5 stars)
— A depressing, but realistic look at Afghanistan over the last 40 years. The story centers on the friendship between two boys growing up during this time. Definitely worth reading.
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (4 stars)
— A story about a family who takes in a chimpanzee and raises it like a child. Intriguing overall story-line. I’d say it’s written for teens age 14-17.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games (1) (4.5 stars)
- Catching Fire (2) (4.5 stars)
- Number three is in the yet-to-get-to list
— Fascinating story that has gotten a lot of mixed reviews. Well written, unique, unpredictable, yet disturbing and revolting at the same time. Once I finish the series, I hope to write my own review on the books.
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (5 stars)
— Great easy-reading. I read about one or two chapters at a time (they are quite long) and sometimes squeezed books in between reading this one. Witty and made me laugh a lot! I can’t wait to get into the rest of the series.
The Winter Seeking by Vinita Hampton Wright (3 stars)
— Interesting novella about a young woman studying Mary (the mother of Jesus). She writes a story as if she were friends with Mary throughout her life. Unique, but not super captivating.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (3.5 stars)
— About a girl who can taste emotions in the food people make. She tastes her mom’s loneliness and discontentment in the lemon cake she bakes for her 8th birthday. Started out good, but I felt lost as the book went on and I’m still not sure what actually happened.
Gossamer by Lois Lowry (4 stars)
— Quick read for kids. About the little creatures who plant dreams in sleeping people’s head and the fight against the bad ones who plant nightmares. It was cute.
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (4.5 stars)
— About a girl born in India who was supposed to be killed just for being a girl. Her mother sneaks her away to an orphanage and she is adopted by an Indian couple living in America. A good read, and interesting (a little bit depressing) look at Indian culture.
His Banner Over Me by Jean Little (4 stars)
— Children’s book based on the life of Jean Little’s mother. Good read, I’d guess kids age 8-12 or so would enjoy it.
The Giver by Lois Lowry (5 stars)
— I’ve read this a few times, but it’s always 5 stars in my book.
(What I’m Reading Now)
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
(Yet To Get To)
Mockingjay (#3 of The Hunger Games )
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Home by Toni Morrison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A Light in the Window by Jan Karon
(What I Gave Up On)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
— I read about 3/4 of the way through and still felt like the story hadn’t started yet.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
— I admit that I only read about 4 pages, but it bored me and I had more interesting books to read!