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My ambitious Summer Reading List 2021 has suffered from two joyous additions to my life

I have planned on doing a great deal of reading this summer, but that ended in June for two reasons: My return to teaching and a joyous vacation.

Both were great, so I have no complaints. However, since June, my reading has suffered, and now, I am vowing to return to that reading list.

Here is what I have posted on another blog earlier this year.

My Summer Reading List 2021

This is what keeps my mind sharp, and it is something I enjoy immensely.

Some classics, some not so much.

Some re-reading, others new.

“The Great Santini” by Pat Conroy, discarded out of disgust

“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (re-read), Finished in June

“The Sacred and the Profane” by William Michaels: Finished in June

“Red Scare” by Robert K. Murray, currently reading

“1984” by George Orwell (re-read)

“Banished from Johnstown: Racist backlash in Pennsylvania” by Cody McDevitt (re-read).

“Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan” by Murray Polner and Jim O’Grady, carried over from Winter, currently reading.

“American Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War” by Paul Kahan, halfway through.

Shakespeare (Re-reading first part and continuing), currently reading

Jude the Obscure (carried from last summer)

“The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain

Edgar Allan Poe

“The Fall of the House of Usher”

“The Purloined Letter”

“The Cask of Amontillado”



“Othello” completed in April.

“The Merchant of Venice” completed in April

“Macbeth’ have to finish Act V.

“The Tempest”

“King Lear”

“Richard the Second”

“Much Ado About Nothing”

Winter Final

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.R. Rowling, completed March 2021

“The Final Days” by Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein, completed March 2021

“The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene, completed April 26, 2021

“The Drifters” by James Michener: I gave up more than halfway through it. Too tedious, Michener is vastly overrated.

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving, completed April 2021

“Holes” by Louis Sachar, completed March 2021

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