Summer Reading

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Summer isn’t summer without books, right? I can’t think of anything more delicious than coming in from the beach, cranking up the fan and crawling under cool sheets for a late afternoon read. I get all goose-bumpy just thinking about it (tip: if your afternoon can accomodate it – add a cold beer to your bedside table. You can thank me later).

Only this year, I am embarrassed to say, did I start going to this place called The Library. I couldn’t believe it. Thousands of books I could just try out and if I didn’t like them, take them back. What a concept. As my neighbor says, the library: “It’s a total scam”.

At my last visit I picked up the following:

Stephen King On Writing: I bought this one because I figured I’d want it around. I had this weird thing where, for two days I kept hearing people talk about this book. I figured it was a sign. I started reading it in the car on the way home (not while I was driving, of course, but sitting in the car after a Starbucks run). I tore through it. I loved it even more than Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird which I didn’t think was possible.

The Memory of Running: Alias Mother suggested this one for me last January. I just got to it recently and finished it last night. Narrated very simply by the main character, it is a wonderful story about beginnings and endings, mental illness, love and second chances. It’s also a read that is both darkly funny and achingly sad at the same time. Make sure you can handle that.

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name: I’ve picked this up and the bookstore like five times and put it back. Now I can try it for freeeeee. Anyone who has read it – please let me know if you liked it.

To Kill a Mockingbird: I’ve never read this and I can’t blame anyone but myself – or the sub-optimal school system from which I graduated. I am looking forward to it. Interestingly, Alias Mother just listed it in her post on top five books. For me, that’s all it takes.

Amy and Isabelle: See above Let the Nothern Lights Erase Your Name.

We Need to Talk about Kevin: I’m not sure if I can handle the topic, but I just I just read The Post Birthday World” and I loved, LOVED Lionel Shriver. I would seriously re-read her sentences several times because I couldn’t believe how beautifully she strung her words together. So I’m going to give this one a try.

If anyone has any other must-reads, please suggest. I plan on spending a lot of summertime under the covers.

2 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. Loved, loved, loved ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’…and didn’t read it in my school system either. I’m a big fan of the library too, but I recently received a Barnes & Nobles gift card which lasted no more than a week before I used it…I have a thing about using gift cards as soon as I receive them for fear of the company going out of business…anyway, I used it to cheer me up during yesterday’s seemingly endless rain and bought ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ per a blog post recommendation weeks ago…can’t wait to start it…after I finish re-reading my ya-ya book…which I was seriously in the mood for…I am drawn to Vivi, flaws and all.

    Yay!! You bought the Six Wives – you must have gotten that recommendation from a very intelligent blogger who knew exactly what she was talking about because she is so smart and insightful and pretty. Let me know how you like it.

  2. Memory of Running ROCKS – I loved that book. I also just heard about Steven Kings book on writing and am very interested. I hear he writes 10 pages a day – rain or shine – even on his birthday. When I start the next book in August, I’m going to try that. I think 10 pages a day is something I can keep up with.
    You have to email me and tell me where you live…

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