Well, the semester grades are in and that means it's time to begin thinking about summer reading. The semester closed out with me working my way through the complete Calvin and Hobbes and I also managed to sneak in The Goblins of Labyrinth by Brian Froud. So, to start off the official 2014 Summer Reading list, I'll begin with more Calvin and Hobbes and The World of the Dark Crystal by Brian Froud. I'd also be terribly remiss if I didn't include the recently released Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien. Obligations out of the way, I'm also looking forward to a brilliant little micro-history of the town I grew up in written by the daughter of the founder: Saltbox House by Jane de Forest Shelton. All things New England are welcome right now, so I imagine that there will also be a few volumes on the Puritans. On the far side of my historical interests, I'm also contemplating a return to Chinese History with some Jonathan D. Spence. Of course, I don't want to leave the Greeks out either, so there's Paul Cartlidge's Thermopyle and After Thermopyle too. Not enough fiction you say? Don't worry, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft are always lurking in the wings along with a couple short story anthologies.
So there's the plan as it stands. As you know, summer reading never goes exactly the way you think it will: that's the beauty of it. So how about you? What's on your list?