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I’m trying to set more realistic expectations with my July 2018 reading list than I did with my May list, when I listed more books than I could get to during that busy month (I skipped making a list in June during my blogging break–hi! I’m back.).
Then some forgotten library holds came in that moved other books to the backburner. Even though my plans went off the rails a bit, I did like the exercise of trying to plan for the month.
Making a monthly list is different from my usual meandering way of choosing books, so I thought I’d give it a try for at least a few more months.
I suspect I’ll never “perfect” the art of planning my reading for the month, but it’s always fun to look forward to what’s coming up–while recognizing that some of the books may never make it to the top of the list. Making the lists also helps me keep an eye on my library holds, as well as progress on my read my shelf challenge and my reading bucket list.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to in July.
July 2018 Reading List
Like so many readers, the Little House books were a huge part of my childhood. The books presented an idyllic picture of Wilder’s childhood, which I loved as a kid. As an adult, I’m eager for a more realistic view of post-Civil War life in the prairies.
My daughter and I just finished Little House in the Big Woods and she is eager to continue the Little House series. While I don’t always write here about the books I’m reading with my kids, I suspect I’ll be writing more about Little House in the coming months. It also seems fitting that I’m rereading these with her at a time when I’m revisiting the Little House world in general–first when I read Caroline: Little House, Revisited, and now with Prairie Fires.
And books from my May list that I still haven’t gotten to (but hope to):
I’m behind on my reading bucket list books (I try to read one per month), and I plan to prioritize this one in July. The synopsis: Two brown girls dream of being dancers–but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Big Magic is not the kind of book that often makes it to the top of my list, and I’m not sure yet if it will in July. Nonetheless, as I think about (and struggle with) fitting creativity into my own life, Gilbert’s book on the topic remains on my TBR.
Have you read any of these? How do you plan your reading (if you do)? What books are on your July 2018 reading list?