Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Summer Reading

What's on your summer reading list?

I've been out of school for a week and a half now. So far I've read all seven of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, and Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton. I'm currently reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

The Ladies Detective Agency books are just a pure delight to read. I can't think of a better way to relax, but you do need plenty of tea and cake on hand to read these books. :)

Housekeeping is incredible. I had read Gilead by the same author previously, and it is equally amazing. There is a sort of deep, philosophical grace to the writing style. If you don't read anything else this summer, my suggestion is to go with Marilynne Robinson.

Walking Across Egypt is just sort of silly. I enjoyed it, and I'd read more of the same. I even related well to many of the details of Southern culture depicted in it, especially those details of Southern Baptist culture. At times, though, the hillbilly slap-stick is just a little overboard for me.

I haven't gotten very far into The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time yet, but I'm already prepared to be impressed. A number of people recommended this book to me, and I fully expect it to live up to its reputation.

On my summer wish list are Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett, Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee, and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. These are all books I've heard good things about and have just never gotten around to.

I'm also planning to re-read Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. These are books I'm going to discuss with a summer reading group.

So what's on your list? Do you have anything good to recommend?

3 comments:

Becky Howard said...

Well, I want to have the Kite Runner on my list, but I'm having trouble getting a copy out here in the boonies. I may have to resort to Amazon!

Sharon Gerald said...

I'd say Kite Runner is worth resorting to Amazon. It's a pretty absorbing read, and I felt like I got some real insight into the Afghan culture.

Rosa G. said...

I've wanted to read Kite Runner, but I keep getting distracted by other good reads. I started listening to Bel Canto, but I had just read Patchett's memoir about Lucy Greely and felt like I needed a change. Curious Incident is a good book and taught me a great deal about what it must be like to process things as a person with autism. I wish I'd read it before I'd had an autistic student, though.
I've been listening to The Pythons, an audio companion to the book about Monty Python--it's refreshingly silly, which is what I need at the end of the year.

--Joanna