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While many people are discussing school work in the summer break (at least it's still summer break for me), not many people have mentioned their choice of literature this summer.

Which books have you guys read this summer, while trying to relax?

So far I've finished North and South for my EE in English, as well as having read these books for leisure:

- Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

- Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

- A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

- Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

- The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

... And right now I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

So how are you guys doing? If you haven't been reading, what have you been doing to relax this summer? :D

Can't wait to see your replies!

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I have only read ONE book, I know, it truly is shameful. It's Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, which I have read many times before.

conclusion: I should read more books.

It's a good one though :D

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We did not just have summer hols and in fact it is winter here in the southern hemisphere :P but I read whatever books we have been doing in English.

So they are (and sorry for mentioning school work)

The Outsider by Albert Camus

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

One Flew Over the cuckoo's nest - Ken Kesey

Antigone the play (as well as the other 2) by Sophocles

And we are about to read Woman at point Zero by whomever it is by :)

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Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" and Murakami's "Kafka on the shore". The first had been a requirement for school, years ago, but which I decided to revisit after hearing Al Gore and David Suzuki in a radio CBC interview (on YouTube). her book is very enjoyable when combined with the audio (Audible) version and with support literature. She had a fascinating life, defending herself from the big pesticide firms and bio-chemical industry. Nasty bunch, on the whole.

I am not so taken with Murakami's novel, which is lite lit. for me and reminds me too much of the mystery thriller light stuff of Dan Brown. Well-written, engaging, but not worth re-readings or any residual meanings. It might do for a film script.

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White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th century India by William Dalrymple (for school)

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (Reread for fun)

But, it's mostly been poetry.

I have so much I wanted to read this summer but never got around to it :urgh:

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AAH. North and South is so amazing. I totally have a crush on John Thornton.

I've been reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy amongst many many others. [Like Ivanhoe, Quicksilver, Moby D ick, The Swan Thieves, et al.]

My friends are all complaining about having to do summer reading but I don't have to do any. Which is ironic because I'd have finished it like two days after school got out in my eternal quest for more books!

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48. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
49. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
50. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
51. Ten Little ******s by Agatha Chritstie
52. Unseen academicals by Terry Pratchett
53. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
54. Misery by Stephen King
55. Death is a lonely business by Ray Bradbury
56. Dandelion wine - Bradbury
57. Inferno by Dan Brown
58. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins
59. Duma Key by Stephen King
60. Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami
61. Gerald's game by King

Funny things :D

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  • The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • The Dark Half by Stephen King
  • Savage Garden if it counts as a book
  • Podróż Ludzi Księgi by Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (best book ever)
  • The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

(order is from the August to June :P)

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I have read lot of books over summer actually (that was a few months ago).

Here the titles:

The Remains of the Day --- Kazuo Ishiguro

God of Small Things --- Arundhati Roy

Deception Point --- Dan Brown

The Leopard --- Jo Nesbo

The Mirror Crack'd from side to side --- Agatha Christie

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Remains of the Day, Ishiguro

The Immense journey, Eiseley

Private Life of Plants, Attenborough

Watchers at the Pond (forgot who)

Blue Latitudes, Tony Horwitz

A lot of non-fiction which is a nice change from the usual fiction...

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Remains of the Day, Ishiguro

The Immense journey, Eiseley

Private Life of Plants, Attenborough

Watchers at the Pond (forgot who)

Blue Latitudes, Tony Horwitz

A lot of non-fiction which is a nice change from the usual fiction...

How did you like "Remains of the Day"? I liked it very much and it got gradually shocking.

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I thought it was quietly brilliant ! I am unsure still whether at the end he realized his loss, or is in self-denial, or oblivious... what do you think?

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I thought it was quietly brilliant ! I am unsure still whether at the end he realized his loss, or is in self-denial, or oblivious... what do you think?

I think he is in strong denial until the very end of the journey where he has a paradigm shift. He may have realized deep down that he may have wasted so many years and opportunities. But the journey transformed him. I often feel that travel can change my perspective on things and it can help transform a person. Somehow towards the end Steven may still feel pity for Lord Darlington, but he realizes that Darlington may not be the great man he once thought he was.

Anyways I read this book a couple months ago. I can't remember everything. I think I might read "Life of Pi" next because it is one of the texts for World's Scholar's Cup. What are you reading now?

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I am now reading (re-reading) Lolita. I am arguing with a friend about this one. She believes that the book is about love (illicit, admittedly) between Humbert and Humbert and the pre-adolescent Lolita.

I think my friend has walked into a well-laid trap and is reading too closely through the eyes of a charming, witty and engaging narrator who ruins the life of a child. I think Nabokov has created a delightfully engaging character in order to lead us on. Essentially, readers like my friend connive with a man who uses a child for his own ends (it is not love but lust!). Take the eloquence away and you reveal the vicious child predator. The fact that we like him and are ready to look past or be lulled so easily by his witty eloquence just shows how partial we can be.

If a man whistles at me in the street and I find him charming, then I am flattered; if anything but pleasing to the eye, then he is a sexist pig and I'll be only too happy to see him manhandled by security. Or worse. Same whistle, but one objectionable the other titillating. We are screwed up. Maybe Nabokov wants us to enjoy the story and love Humbert for the charmer he is.... Then wake up and ask ourselves what the hell we are doing. We are morally bankrupt!

The paradox is that you can't fully appreciate the lesson unless you like Humbert first and get suckered in.

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I too am from the southern hemisphere so I only get 2 weeks at this time of year, but so far I have read Out Stealing Horses be Per Petterson and I am going to read Emma by Jane Austin and Lolita.

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I too am from the southern hemisphere so I only get 2 weeks at this time of year, but so far I have read Out Stealing Horses be Per Petterson and I am going to read Emma by Jane Austin and Lolita.

You're about a year off from when this thread started, but that's okay. I guess it is summer again, so we can talk about what we're reading. :)

 

I don't have too much time for pleasure reading this summer. My reading list for IB for next year though is the essays of Virginia Woolf, the short stories of Katherine Mansfield, and the poems of Elizabeth Bishop, as well as Hamlet, the Importance of Being Earnest, the Real Inspector Hound, and the Glass Menagerie. 

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