Monday, September 24, 2012

My Summer in Books

The freedom for reading during summer time has always been one of my favorite aspects of the season.  When the summer begins my reading list is endless.  There's the new books I've heard are good (1Q84), the books I've been meaning to read for years (Middlesex), the books that have movies coming out (Life of Pi), the books I've been dying to read all year but knew I didn't have the time for (Game of Thrones), and the classics I always promise will get included into the fray (Only ONE actually got read this summer, but I loved it--Edith Wharton never disapoints). Oh yeah, and the terrible crime novels I sometimes turn to in desperation during vacations when I don't pack enough books.  Will always has a terrible crime novel on hand it seems.
Anyways, I decided to chronicle my reading list this summer, because I realized that going through my past reading list is always the best way to jog up old, small perfect memories of summer.  Like The Age of Miracles reminds me of eating homemade cookies on the ferry to Orcas Island, or the terrible book Gone Girl does happily stir up memories of laying out after a Greenlake picnic.  It's easy to remember the big things of summer--the birthdays, holidays and major vacations.  But it's the little, every day sunshine and fresh air enjoyment that really makes summer cherishable. Additionally, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect book, as I know my sister and lots of friends are as well.  So if you're hunting here is a list of 14 books that I purposefully or accidentally stumbled across this summer.
The astricks go to the ones I greatly enjoyed reading, and the double astrick goes to books that I loved so much I will talk to you about them for an hour if you'll listen.)

 My Summer Reading List--June-September, 2012
In order of completion
**The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreight
  (The girl who wrote this is only 25--and it's AMAZING)
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
 (He wrote The English Patient which I LOVE. This book? Not so much)
*Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Phillip Connors
**Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 
(Ugh--this book is so long, and so weird--it starts out with such promise too. Double ugh. Don't get me started)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
(This book got raves. I hated it. Girly crime novels--not my thing)
**The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 
Faithful Place by Tana French
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
*A Dance with Dragons by Geoerge R. R. Martin
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker  
**The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
(Oh the angst brought on by societal pressures!)
*Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 
(This book is intense.  Not recommended for the squeamish)
**Life of Pi by Yann Martel

In summary: Only one repeated author, two coincidental title similarities, two terrible crime novels, one non-fiction, one very long fantasy, and a summer book-ended (pun intended) with stories about tigers.
Summer reading...I'll miss you. What was a favorite on your summer reading list?  I'm starting to list build for Christmas and I would love to hear recommendations! 


Momma said...

You know our genres don't exactly overlap but here's a few non-fiction books and biographies I have enjoyed lately.
"Mistakes were Made" (but not by me) Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions and hurtful acts by Carol Tavris (Longest title ever)
"My Life with Jackie" by her bodyguard (can't remember)
How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams
Crazy for God by Frankie ?
and my one fiction choice- The Help
That's the tip of my iceberg. I make the mistake of not writing them down and I forget them. I know I have read bios this past year on Dick Van Dyke, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and I never end up liking them as much after you see their dark side. The exceptions- Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn and Jim Henson. And I won't begin to exhaust you with the church books I've read this year but I did love "Why I'm a Mormon" alot.

Momma said...

Forgot the most inspiring of all- The MAGIC by Rhonda Byrne