It’s not like I have more time during the summer than during the rest of the year, but I persist in thinking of it as a time for lying around on the beach and reading. Ha ha ha! But anyway.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends, by Rob Lowe (photo from Amazon.com). I put this on my list after being assured by many reviewers that it was the GOOD kind of celebrity autobiography, rather than the kind that makes you go totally off the celebrity. I concur: I had many eye-rolling moments, and yet I came away from it wanting to see more of what Rob Lowe had done.
Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese (photo from Amazon.com). I found this book slow going: the grimness/sadness/ickiness of many scenes made me reluctant to pick it up once I’d put it down. I ended up really, really, really liking it—but if you gave up on it, you would not find me critical.
Bossypants, by Tina Fey (photo from Amazon.com). We’re all reading this book this summer, I think. It’s the one I’m working on now. I find I really, really, really like Tina Fey after seeing her in a few episodes of 30 Rock and a few impersonations of Sarah Palin. I’m about 1/3rd of the way through the book and I don’t like her any less yet.
Room, by Emma Donoghue (photo from Amazon.com). This is the book we all read a season or two ago, but I haven’t read it yet because I’ve been so frustrated with our library’s search system. I type in “Room” and select the “title” field—and I get ten pages of results with names like “The Current State of Nanotechnology, and Where There is Room for Improvement.” Finally this morning I committed to finding it even if I had to call the library and ask them to help me, and I did find it, and there are only 11 holds on it so I hope I’ll read it this summer.
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton (photo from Amazon.com). This is next on my list: I have it out from the library and the timer is ticking because it’s on hold for someone else, and I’m still reading Bossypants, which is also on hold for someone else. Ack!
State of Wonder, by Anne Patchett (photo from Amazon.com). I’m on hold for this right now. In fact, I had it in my mitts last month but didn’t have time to read it so I returned it and put myself back on the hold list.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (photo from Amazon.com). I’m on hold for this at the library, and our library only has one copy—and I see the hardcover is 50% off at Amazon. Sometimes if I find a popular book at a good price, what I do is buy it, read it, and then donate it to the library. I’m tempted to do that here.
What are you reading this summer? What do you recommend others add to their lists? Do you too always think you’ll have more time to read when it’s hot outside, but then find that you don’t?