Monday, June 9, 2008

What Do You Recommend....

for summer reading? My favorite type of reading is literary fiction, contemporary poetry and an occasional biography. I'm open to suggestions you, my friends, may have, based on what you know about me via the blog!

Just, please nothing of this genre of "woman's book". This one really made me roll my eyes. I feel like telling Ms. Van Meter that I've successfully been wearing mine since I was two (according to my mother).

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  1. Water for Elephants and

    Change of Heart, which I am reading now. I recommend both of them.

  2. One of my very favorite books in the whole world is A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher. I have read it numerous times and its magical and haunting words thrill me with every read.

    Another is Imagining Argentina by Laurence Thornton.

    Neither is new - but both captivated my mind and heart.

    And as for me - I think that big girl panties are overrated!

  3. I have refused for years to put my "big girl panties on" and I by gawd ain't gonna start now...

    Strangely, not reading anything at the moment. Just too busy. Letting life get in the way of living. Etc...

    On top of my stack when I can get to it is John Maeda's "The Laws of Simplicity", which does not fit any of your genres.

  4. Thanks for the book suggestions.

    And Fran: I think that panties in general are overrated! ;-)

  5. Winston: you came in just as I left!

    I know a man who never wears undies and from what I understand, several women have unsuccessfully tried to convert him.

    And regarding your book recommendation: I'm open to other genres. I'll google your title.

    And truthfully, as reader I've been in a sort of remission now for years. I just can't seem to finish a book.

    I think it's because I'm the type of reader who requires long, uninterrupted stretches of reading time and I so seldom have those anymore. I think that's why blogging works for me as a pastime: I can do it in little spurts between other things.

    Last summer was brutal. I made two trips across the Atlantic to Portugal to be with my mother who had surgery. This summer we're planning on going to Nova Scotia where I can read for a couple of hours at a time, if I feel like it.

  6. I'm typing this commando*

    I just finished Life Class by Pat Barker. Very well written, fiction, but literary. And I picked up a vintage copy of Agatha Christies Miss Marple short stories at the Friends of the Library book sale. I can't wait to dive in.

    I have an idea for you. Watch your email.

  7. Have you ever read any Sebastian Faulks? He's very fine novelist. My favourite of his books is 'Birdsong' (about WW 1 and love and loss...very powerful) or a more recent one called 'Engleby', whic I read recently and couldn't put down.

    Or Peter Ackroyd's brilliant biography of William Blake?

  8. DCup: Thanks for the suggestions. Agatha Christie is so like your type of reading, isn't it? :-)

    The William Blake biography is definitely going to go on my list!
    Thanks, Bear. Nice to see you out and about a bit on the blogs.

  9. I think you'd like
    Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson

    He's an actor/comedian and this is his first novel.

    He's very smart, more than a bit irreverent and incredibly flawed in a most exquisite human way.

    It is one of the few books I've ever read where I can recall lines, chapters, scenes nearly 2 years later.

  10. Ted Kooser's "Valentines". I've been carrying it around for months, and I tried to lend it to my best friend, really, I did. But I can't.

    "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquival. And I'm staring "As Swift as Desire" by her too.

    And I'm with DCup on the panties issue.

  11. "Put your big girl panties on"? WTF? Wonder if there is a sequel in the works?

    "Put your big boy undies on and get real with it"

    Perhaps, "Put your grannie panties on and deal with it"

    Or "Take your panties, briefs, boxers or what have you off and deal with it"???

  12. Kate: Thanks for your suggestion!

    PM: I found the title both patronizing (or would that be matronizing?) and silly. I guess some women fall for that snatchy title (pun intended).

    Everyone: thanks so much for taking the time to give me some of your favorite titles! Some of what ends up being read will, of course, depend upon the availability of the book and how quickly I can get my hands on it. I have only budgeted to purchase one book and it's been on my list for a long time: Life of Pi by Yann Martell. Well...just maybe I'll spring for another one, too!

  13. Ooooh, Life of Pi is WONDERFUL!!! I hope you love it as much as I do. I was thinking of newer ones or I'd have said so. There's a new, illustrated version available, but the pictures don't make things look the way I know they do.

  14. Kate: I'm looking forward to reading it. Margaret Atwood references it in an interview with Bill Moyers that you can find on youtube. There are three parts to the interviews and they're exceptional.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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