What are you reading this summer?

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What are you reading this summer?

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Jun 6, 2011, 12:12pm

Sometimes I like to have a "theme" to my summer reading. A few summers ago, I read the entire Harry Potter series. I had read the first book aloud to my kids years ago, and then they took off reading the rest on their own (well, at least one did). I had never read the entire series, so I made that my summer project. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

A couple of summers ago I finally tackled "War and Peace" with the new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. This book is not as intimidating as people make it sound.

Last summer I had fun with Stieg Larrson's Millennium series - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," etc. That series makes a great summer read.

So, this summer, so far it's just a hodge podge of this and that. No theme, which may be fine because I have a lot of things on my Kindle I haven't read, and a few tempting books sitting in a pile in my room. First on my list from the stack of books will probably be James Wood's "How Fiction Works" and Luis Alberto Urrea's "The Hummingbird's Daughter" From my Kindle, I'll probably read "Brownsville Stories" by Texas author Oscar Casares, and I downloaded the complete Wizard of Oz series - with illustrations - for a buck (love the public domain!). After that, I'll just grab the next book in the pile that appeals to me at the moment.

How about ya'll, my Texas friends? What are you fixin' to read?

Jun 6, 2011, 12:27pm

Pretty much, I'll be reading whatever comes to hand.

I've got several things (mostly Gothic that are referenced in Austen's books) on my Kindle, and I'm re-reading my entire library in an effort to get rid of stuff, and make some room.

Unfortunately, because I keep selecting my favorite books to re-read, I'm not making much headway in getting rid of stuff . . . yet. :-)

I'll also be reading anything I get from authors and LT.

Jun 7, 2011, 12:13am

I like quick reads during the summer and so I'm planning to read James Bond, Mike Hammer and Nero Wolfe this summer.

Jun 12, 2011, 11:26pm

I was going to get alot of reading done this summer, but between the Mavs and the Casey Anthony case I am not hardly reading at all!!! At the moment I am trying to read True Colors (Hannah), Enjoying Where You Are on the way to Where You Are Going (Meyer), and re-reading The Scarlet Letter (on Kindle) with a book group on Goodreads. Looking forward to seeing what others are reading as well!

Jun 13, 2011, 8:00am

I'm in the middle of Infinite Jest, and am repeatedly being hit with the fact that David Foster Wallace was an all-out genius. Mazidi, I really liked Brownsville Stories!

Edited: Jun 13, 2011, 9:53am

KatrinkaV, I've been wanting to read Infinite Jest. I downloaded a sample on my Kindle but haven't gotten to it. I'd be interested to hear what you think about it when you finish.

Jun 27, 2011, 7:01pm

Mazidi, Infinite Jest was brilliant; only Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch and a few others have left me blown away, in terms of mastery of intricate-plot crafting, like this one did.

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