The other day my husband asked me if I were going to read another Charles Dickens book this summer. That has been my tradition for the last six summers or so, but I honestly hadn't thought about my own summer reading yet this year! We've had 3 straight weeks of CRAZYNESS with travel, VBS and Josh's summer class, so I don't really feel like I've moved into summer mode yet. I am, however, looking forward to a few pool days, and hopefully some afternoons of reading outside (I am not one to hate the heat. . . I wait all year for it!).
So I decided I would pick up The Olde Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, which I started last summer, but did not finish (as a new mother of a newborn, I kept falling asleep every time I went to read a few pages!!). I jumped back into the story, and was surprised how much of the story I instantly remembered from reading it last summer. I just love the female protagonist (which is rare in Dickens), and am already quite bound to her plight!
I picked out this book shopping in a bookstore right before Susie was born, and just LOVE holding a good paperback and reading it. However, if you are interested, here is a link to a free online edition of the book. I would personally suggest buying books from brick and mortar bookstores, but that's just me, old fashioned and sentimental. . . like the book I'm currently reading, I suppose. :)