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Summer Reading!

What do you like to read in the summer? What does it take to make it your "Summer" book?

From time to time I’ll be writing about books instead of just reading them – and I could use your feedback: What’s on your summer reading list this year?  

To me, there is something special and different about what one chooses to read in the summer.  Whether the book is chosen to go along on a trip to add to the vacation experience, or is chosen to take me to another place from my own backyard; books become experiences and are as necessary to me as food and water…

Okay, maybe not that necessary. Maybe as necessary as a good cup or coffee or glass of wine to go along with the book.  I remember sitting in my sister’s living room in Michigan, waiting to head to the beach reading Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” stealing moments until I stayed up late by myself on the porch because I just couldn’t go to bed without finishing it.  Just me, my book and the crickets, heaven.  I dog-eared page after page of du Maurier’s “Rebecca” while sitting among the fruit trees at my father’s home in Florida, Crichton’s “Rising Sun” will always remind me of Maui, greeting the day out on the Lanai, quiet not to wake anyone so I could get a few pages read in peace.  Certain books are memorable not only for what they have to say, but when we read them. 

 Many a book list is released listing beach read recommendations this time of year.  Check out the New York Times link here If you don’t see anything that interests you there, much like shopping your own closet, shopping your own bookshelves can be a fun way to discover that unread biography or to pick up a book that you read long ago and want to revisit the place that it took you.  Now that time has passed maybe the journey will be different.

Whether on the back patio or on the beach, summer books are special to me because summer itself is special in its own way, the warm weather, trips to the pool or lake, traveling with the family.  A summer book is especially chosen to go along with the journey, where ever the destination. 

This summer, maybe you are reading a tour book to research an upcoming trip, autobiographies that will take extra time or maybe your book club is on hiatus and this is your chance for “fluff,” for which the definition is different for each person.  

Here’s my list: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, “What I Talk About When I talk About Running by Haruki Murakami and “Another City, Not My Own” by Dominick Dunne. 

I can’t wait to hear what you’re reading and why.




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Brian Burch June 08, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I am working my way through a few books right now myself! (Then again, with being a librarian, it kind of comes with the territory!) I just finished "Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson, and LOVED IT!! I am currently reading "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay for the Magnificent Mysteries Discussion Group that I lead at the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library (every 4th Monday of the month at 1pm!). It has been a great read so far, although a bit depressing in terms of subject matter! Up next are "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (brand new book and Hunger Games readalike!) and "Malled" by Caitlin Kelly.
Tracy Kroll June 09, 2011 at 08:06 PM
I am currently reading Stephen King's "Danse Macabre." He explores different elements of horror through the different mediums of entertainment: radio, movies, and books." Stephen King is hit or miss with me. Sometimes he can take my breath away with his insight and layering of themes in his stories. Other times, it's just an entertaining story. And there is nothing wrong with that. In "Danse Macabre" I'm learning what influenced the man, and am finding that he seems like he'd be a great friend to hang out and have a beer with. In fact, hanging out having a beer is something he often talks about throughout the book. I love hearing about the history and elements of horror, and his opinions about how they affect us, why we need them, and what it says about us, but mostly, I'm just enjoying getting to know the man. And yes, Mr. King, I would love a dance.
Julie Sinegar Shinn June 10, 2011 at 01:01 AM
I shared the link to this blog with the Facebook group I started awhile ago: Books Worth Recommending. Can't wait to hear what others are reading this summer. You can't go wrong with a Dominck Dunne book. The one you have chosen is one of my favorites. He is a great author. My summer list includes "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and then, of course, "Lolita"!
Teresa Sroka June 10, 2011 at 02:03 PM
What a great idea to read those back to back. I loved "Reading Lolita in Tehran", it lead to a very interesting discussion on the difference between an autobiography and a memoir. Lolita is amazing to me as it was written by a Russian man, I can still remember that book being so vivid in it's descriptions, I thought I could smell the mustiness of the cabin in one passage. Let me know what you think.
Teresa Sroka June 10, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Wow, Tracy, that is some intense subject matter! I've put "Danse Macabre" on my list, it sounds like an incredible read. He is hit or miss withe me as well. I read "Misery" in a couple of days, but put down "Insomnia" as the language was too much for me. I loved "The Green Mile"....thanks for sharing!
Teresa Sroka June 10, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Thanks for Posting, Brian, mysteries are a genre in which I've not read much. Other than "A Murder is Anounced" and "The Third Girl" by Agatha Christie, I just don't know how to pick them. I'll take your suggestions, and insight. I love it that you posted your Discussion Group time and place. That's why I'm here, to engage the community in a discussion and open new reading opportunities. Have a great weekend!

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