2014 Summer Reading

This summer I’m planning to continue or finish reading a few books I started earlier in the year. I’d also like to work my way through a few additional titles.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

I never tire of The Lord of the Rings. I began reading through it again at the beginning of the year and have made it to The Two Towers. I don’t intend to finish the entire series this summer. I’m enjoying Tolkien’s writing too much to plow through it quickly. I enjoy getting lost in the world he created.

Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt, David McCullough

This is another one that I began to read earlier in the year. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by David McCullough, and Mornings on Horseback is no exception. In this biography, McCullough takes a look at the young Theodore Roosevelt and the family that played such a big role in shaping his character and identity.

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, David McCullough

Yes, another McCullough book. This one was given to me as a Father’s Day present. My wife and children know me very well. In fact, they know me so well that they bought me the 40th anniversary hardback edition instead of the paperback.

In addition to the titles above I’m eyeing Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda. I’m also in the mood for something by Wendell Berry. I’ve read Hannah Coulter, Jayber Crow, and A Place on Earth. Any recommendations?

What are you planning to read this summer?