July 2015 TBR

I have a ridiculously ambitious TBR for July, so I'm probably not going to get to all of the books I plan to talk about today, but we shall see.  If you saw my post a few weeks ago, you will know that I am planning to read a few Shakespeare plays this month.  I have no idea how those will go – they may take me forever, or go pretty fast.  Anyway, let's get this started or we'll be here all day.
First up, let's talk about the books I'm currently reading.  I just read the first book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, The Mysterious Howling, which I briefly talked about in my wrap-up post for June at the beginning of this week.  I am now on to the second book in the series, which I picked up at the same time as the first, and I'm currently about 60 pages into this one.  I think I'll probably take a break after this book, unless it ends up being amazing.  Really enjoyable series so far, but it's not like my favorite thing ever.

The second book I'm currently re-reading is Little Women.  I haven't mentioned it on here yet, but I am participating in a summer book bingo this year, which is basically a thing where you have a bingo card and each square is a prompt for a book you need to read.  It is hosted by the people behind the Books on the Nightstand Podcast, and you can find out more here and download your bingo card here.  For example a few of the prompts on mine are: "Longer than 500 pages," "Cozy Mystery," "Sci-Fi," "Was Turned into a Movie/Show," "St in Europe," "YA Novel," "Found in Used Bookstore, " etc.  One of my prompts was to read a book I loved as a child.  Now I wouldn't say I am completely out of my childhood yet, though I am closer to adulthood than my childhood, but the obvious choice for this one was Little Women.  This is a book I love more everytime I read it, so I think it's more accurately a book I loved like, forever.  I am about 60 pages into it, and it's just so freaking good.  I love it so much and I am just feeling all the feels and nostalgia.   

And of course, I am still plugging away at War & Peace, which I will be reading for the rest of the year, so I decided to drop the book cover from my monthly TBR posts.  Anyway, still loving it. 

Also, this month, as previously mentioned, I will be reading four Shakespearean plays: Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing.  I am hoping to enjoy these quite a bit and also hoping that they don't take me all month to read.  

Next up, for the book bingo again, I am supposed to read a love story or romance, and because I enjoyed the last Jane Austen I read (Persuasion), I picked up Sense & Sensibility.  I'm looking forward to it a lot.  

If you remember my book haul from a couple months ago, this book will look familiar.  Probably due to the nature of it (a romance) and the bright cover, I decided to save it for the summer.  And hopefully I'll be able to read it stretched out at the lake.  

I also want to try and get to Hard Times this month.  I have a light case of Charles Dickens intimidation, and as this one is pretty short, I'm gonna have a go at it.  This one is fairly low on my priority list, but hopefully I'll get around to reading it. 
I also have some books from the library I'd like to get to this month.  The first one is The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.  I really like the Odyssey and The Illiad, so I'm pretty excited about this.  If I enjoy it, I'll pick up more Atwood in the future. 

And then, I have a book about grammar, which, you should know by now, is like my favorite thing to read about.  Inside the cover, there was a blurb that compared this book to Eats, Shoots, & Leaves by Lynne Truss (my favorite book on grammar EVER), and I needed no further motivation.  I am so so so looking forward to this.  

Finally, Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown.  I have heard several people mention this book now: Rebecca Schinsky and Liberty Hardy on the "All the Books!" podcast and Rincey from RinceyReads on YouTube.  All of them gave it high recommendations, and it's about a (female!) pirate captain and a kidnapped chef and what could possibly sound better?  Besides, I don't often read stuff purely for fun, and this will totally be that.  Besides, I kind of have a thing for pirate stories.  Pirates intrigue me.  
Lastly, I want to get to a couple nonfiction books this month.  In August, I am going to Colorado for two weeks for a student worldview/leadership conference/camp thing, and I know a lot of current-event stuff will be discussed, so I'd kind of like to get caught up with my reading to be prepared for all that.  I am already planning the books I want to take on the flight, too, because of course, that's what you do.  I've had these books for a while, and they are high on my priority list for this month. 

And those are all the books!  It's a way ambitious list, but hopefully I can knock out a big chunk of it.  I have so many reviews to catch up on from May/June, so watch out for a review coming later this week.  Thanks for reading!  xo, Ella

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