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i am almost one week into my summer break and it’s going pretty well. i finished reading Tales from Arabian Knights recently. i’m really glad that i read them, but i kind of feel like i didn’t absorb a lot of what i read. so if someone asked me to tell them what the tales were about, there’s not a whole lot that i could retell because i don’t remember much. this is kind of a bummer, because i like being able to remember things. i’ve moved on and started reading The English Patient written by Michael Ondaatje. I haven’t been enveloped into it just yet but i like it a lot already because two of the characters are from one of his earlier books, In the Skin of a Lion which is one of my very favourites. lovelovelove. the way he writes makes every sentence sound like it’s imperative.
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book list

this summer i’m going to switch things up a little bit in terms of what books I would like to read during my 4 month break. This year i want to read a lot the books that I own but have not read yet. here’s what i have listed so far

01. The Little Ark by Jan de Hartog
02. Beyond this Place by A.J. Cronin
03. The Royal Box by Francis Parkinson Keyes
04. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
05. Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
06. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
07. Mon Bel Orangier by Jose Mauro de Vasconcedos
08. The Gold Bug and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
09. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
10. Desperate Voyage by John Caldwell
11. Tales from Arabian Nights
12. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
13. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
14. 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

A good few of those books were free books that they were giving away at school in the CMC. Whether or not they will be any good, I’m not so sure. but i’m weak for free books. Also, 20 000 leagues under the sea is not a book that I own – i just would really like to read it. There are probably more books at my parents house that i own but havent read yet, however i think 14 books is ambitious enough to begin with
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summer special

really, I am not made for the heat. especially not this humidity. i’ve been surviving off of jumbo freezies and yesterday i made homemade lemonade. my mother brought me an electric fan to borrow because i am practically melting in my house. when she got here i halfheartedly asked if she happened to have a lawn chair in the car too, so i could read my book in the back yard, and she did! now i read outside in our jungle of a back yard. family rules.
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I cannot wait until finals start and end so i am able to read what i want. i have a short (but possibly ever growing) summer reading list started.

01. The Iliad – Homer

02. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

03. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

04. Phaedrus – Plato

05. The Forged Coupon – Leo Tolstoy

06. 1984 – George Orwell

07. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald

08. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

09. What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us – Laura van den Berg

10. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (a.k.a. Fanny Hill) – John Cleland

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I finally finished reading Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, last night. That took me such a very very long time. Not quite as long as it took me to read The Last of the Mohicans, but still, a fairly long time. I definitely liked this book more than i liked The Last of the Mohicans, but i still wasn’t completely sold on it either. While there were many parts of the novel that were extremely dry, a little dull and sometimes too bizarre, there were things about it that i absolutely loved as well. I really love how sarcastic Jonathan Swift is and i loved that the whole book was a satire. Some parts of it were really strange though and that was a little difficult to wrap my head around. I feel like this book is something i would totally love to read for an english course because i know i would love to study it and understand all the intricacies and complexities of the novel that i know i missed. The entire last section of the book is my very favourite part of the entire thing. I really want to reread it sometime, before i die. haha. not anytime soon though. so yeah. Gulliver’s Travels. Succesfully read

– angela
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