Thursday, May 14, 2009

Summer Reading List

I was always the kid who loved school and loved reading.  To be honest, I still am.  Even when I was in high school and everyone dreads school, I still looked forward to it.  Well okay, maybe not every day, but I was always excited for the first day of school every year after a long summer.  I know, I know, I'm weird.  Whatever.  I loved college, and I loved grad school.  Of course, I couldn't wait to be done...but still.  I never hated going to school.  

I taught myself how to read at age four and have basically been buried in a book ever since.  Remember summer reading lists?  I LOVED them.  I would read all the books and always looked forward to the next book.  

In college and grad school, I had to read so much for school that reading for pleasure took a back seat.  I majored in English lit in undergrad and read an absolute ton...but those books weren't always my first choice.  Call me crazy, but I never felt pumped to pick up Sir Gawain and the Green Night.  Whatever.

Then...I went on to get my masters in social work.  Ridiculous amounts of reading much so that even I, a super duper speedreader, couldn't get through all of it all the time.  Whew.  
And then, something amazing happened...I graduated from grad school and - gasp - had time again.  You know, for reading.  Fun stuff, not school stuff.  And I've been reading ever since.

So, there's your long, drawn-out intro.  I wanted to share with you my 2009 Summer Reading List:

The Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson (have any of you read any Bryson before?  If not...seriously, run to your nearest Borders/library/whathaveyou and grab one of his books.  I have read the one where he takes a roadtrip around America - amazing - the one where he takes a trip around Europe - amazing - and the one where he hikes the Appalachian Trail - amazing.  He is so freaking funny that you will laugh out loud while reading.  Seriously.  I promise.  This book is about the English language...and I CAN'T not read something so fantabulous.)
A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey (I am probably the only person who hasn't read this book, after all the Oprah scandal.)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards 
The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink (I'm still dying to see the movie)
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Merle's Door, by Ted Kerasote (it's about a dog...naturally I have to read this one)
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
City of Thieves, by David Benioff
The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold (Anyone else besides me super excited that they are making The Lovely Bones into a movie??!!  I think I read that book in one day.  It was amazing.)
The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan (recommended by one of you lovely bloggers...I can't remember who...)
The City of Falling Angels, by John Berendt (the same guy who wrote Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - this one takes place in Venice)

Have you read any of these books?  If so, let me know what you think.  Just don't give anything away.  :)  Also, if you have any further suggestions, comment and let me know what books I absolutely need to read this summer! goes without saying that the last two Twilight books, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, are on the list.  I have been on the library waitlist for Eclipse for over a month.  Seriously.


Lucky in Love said...

I just bought The Reader on Tuesday!! I'm so excited you posted this. After reading the Twilight Series...I started getting into reading myself...and I'm so glad to have a list to start from now!

Thanks :)

Adrienne said...

I read "A Million Little Pieces" pre-scandal and just devoured it in two days. Not sure I would've enjoyed it as much had I known it was a million little lies!

Brittany Ann said...

Loved the Reader. I read it before the movie, and it was much better (and I did love the movie, too.)

Anonymous said...

A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey --> SO GOOD!!

The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards --> The movie was good, LOL!

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan --> What's this about? I am intrigued?

The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold --> The lovely bones was AMAZING I may need to get this for the honeymoooooon!

Good taste! I, too, love reading and typically can pack away 3-4 books on vacation!

AEO said...

Time Traveler's Wife- one of my favorite books ever. I cried at the end because I didn't want it to be over. The characters just take place in your heart and live there. I adored it!

Memory Keepers Daughter- Loved this one too. There were parts where I was so angry at one of the characters, but you can see how this could be a true story.

My husband loves Bill Bryson- LOVES him. And, like you, he laughs out loud! I'll have to give his books a try.

I'll have to try John Berendt's book. I really liked Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

If you like fast moving books, I would highly recommend Harlan Coben. They're mysteries that are totally engrossing. I also just read Outliers and thought it was fascinating!

bevLY said...

The Almost Moon is disturbing... I don't think I liked it. :) But if you liked Lovely Bones, you might like that one, too, because I think they're both disturbing, haha.

Just warning you that the Twilight series gets worse with each book. The first one was a great read, and I loved it, but I felt more and more let down with each book.

Legallyblondemel said...

Bill Bryson is one of my absolute favorites. Mixing travel & humor as he does is quite the trick, and he does it so well.

"The Alchemist" is terrific. Keep a highlighter handy as you read; there are so many amazing passages in there.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I've read A Million Little Pieces.

Trust me Eclipse is worth buying.....

d.a.r. said...

A Million Little Pieces is absolutely enthralling. I adored The Memory Keeper's Daughter and will re-read it forever. And I thought The Reader was a little too...I'm not sure, erotic? The sensuality/explicit sexuality made me uncomfortable. And the ending was just...weird.