I don't know about the rest of you, but for me, summer equals loads and loads of reading. Since I'm a student (an English teacher in the making), my reading is usually pretty much dictated by whatever is on the course requirement list. That is why I love catching up on my non-required reading during the summer. Being a bookworm and a sucker for lists, I love compiling lists over books I plan to read. I try to make the list as varied as possible: the classics mixed with some more lighthearted stuff; non-fiction back to back with crime fiction. After visiting several bookstores - online as well as "real" ones - I'm pretty much done with my list. I thought I would share it with my fellow readers here at FORT and in doing so, hopefully inspiring you to compile similar lists. So, without further ado, I give you...
Geek the girl's summer reading list
- I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. I started reading this one a few days ago, and seeing that it's nearly 900 pages long, it should take me a while to get through it. I'm really enjoying it so far.
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. The mixed reviews it's received here at FORT, along with a friend's recommendation and the National Book Award win, made me go out and buy it. I still have high hopes for this one.
- Snake Eyes by Rosamond Smith. Joyce Carol Oates' alter ego when she writes novels of suspense. Correction: her new pseudonym is actually Lauren Kelly, but before the name switch she wrote a bunch of well-written, creepy thrillers under this alias. I try to read everything JCO writes, even though it's virtually impossible to read all of it. Maybe when I retire in forty years or so...
- Social Crimes by Jane Stanton Hitchcock. I picked this up based on the first sentence: "Murder was never my goal in life". Hopefully, it won't go downhill from there.
- Sundowners by Lesley Lokko. This book falls into the light-hearted category. Again, I picked it up at random without knowing anything about it other than that I liked the trashy glamour of the cover.
- Books from the Harry Bosch series, starting with The Black Echo and moving on from there. phat32 has convinced me of Michael Connelly's greatness, and I need a solid substitute for Patricia Cornwell, so this should be a treat.
- Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Because no summer reading list is complete without a classic, and because I loved the first sentence. (Everyone should read the first sentence of a novel before they decide whether or not to buy it.)
- The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. It's been gathering dust of my bookshelf ever since I bought it years ago, and I thought I'd beat my professors to it and actually read it before it shows up on our mandatory reading list. I think I'm a Henry James fan; I just need to read something of his first.
- A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith. You won me over, fellow FORTers. I'd never heard of this (from what I gather) undeservedly unheard of classic, but I did a little reading up on Amazon and loved what I found out.
- My Friend Leonard by James Frey. I was really moved by his first autobiographical book, A Million Little Pieces, and this one takes off when the first book ends. Can't wait.
- Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. Again, based on comments from fellow FORTers. You're a real inspiration, you guys!
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I've been meaning to read this for a while now, and it seems like my cup of tea.
- Black Fly Season by Giles Blunt. Because I loved the first two books in the Cardinal/Delorme series.
- Blackwell by Carol Goodman. Goodman has become one of my favourite authors in the suspense department. Her style is pretty difficult to pinpoint; atmospheric, well-written thrillers with an intellectual/cultural twist could be an appropriate description. Look for The Lake of Dead Languages in your local library or bookstore. If you like it, you're bound to like her other books as they're very similar. I couldn't find Blackwell, her brand new novel, on amazon.com but it's available on amazon.co.uk. Weird, considering she's American.
- A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. I adored High Fidelity, enjoyed About a Boy but never managed to get through How To Be Good. I hope Hornby's new novel fits right up there with High Fidelity or About a Boy. I guess I'll have to find out...
I would add some more books, but I know for a fact that I tend to be a wee bit optimistic when it comes to creating reading lists. Now, I am a fast reader, but I should probably bear in mind that there's more to summer than books. But not much more...
Wishing all of you a fabulous summer!