The summer I graduated from high school I went on a road trip with my sister to New York city in search of the perfect apartment before she attended Fordham University in the fall to complete her master and PhD. We drove down from New Brunswick in a little white Mr. Bean car with no air conditioning in the sweltering heat that you had to park on the hill in order to get it to start, again.
It was an exciting time and an eye-opening experience for this little country bumpkin who had never taken a subway before or seen a skyscraper. The only advice I followed on that trip from my wise teenage friends was not to look-up when walking ”because you don’t want to look like a tourist.”
It was on that trip I learned to navigate the subway system, devoured pizza in little Italy, and attempted to drop a penny off the Empire State building. It was an exciting time for this young seventeen year old who got to look-up to her older sister.
My sister is now the Director of The Great Books Programme at St. Thomas University inspiring young minds to think harder and strive to be better in all aspects of their lives. I have great admiration for her and am honored to not only have a fabulous sister but a best friend until the very end.
As I began to gear up for a great camping season I realized I would be spending a lot of time in the wilderness with many beautiful evenings curled up by the campfire. It was the perfect opportunity to read many books in the silence of nature.
As I hummed and hawed at the book store over what to get I thought the simplest thing to do is make my sister compile a list for me. She has a good eye for Great Books!
“Can you give me a list of ten books to read this summer?”
“Yes. Any book you want!”
It is this list which I will be reading over the summer months and sharing my thoughts with you on every second Friday.
The Brothers K , David James Duncan
Calico Joe, John Grisham
The Snowman, Joe Nesbo
The leftovers, Tom Perotta
The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
Kokoro, Natsume Soeski
The Ministry of Special Cases, Nathan Englander
Phantastes, George MacDonald
I hope you follow along my reading journey and find one that you might enjoy too!
What are you looking forward to reading this summer? Will it be by a campfire?