What are you reading this summer?
Posted 07 June 2003 - 09:22 AM
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Posted 07 June 2003 - 12:43 PM
Thanks to this thread, I was reminded of the first novel, (Rebecca) I read as a 10 or 11 year old. Of course, Louisa May Alcott fit in their somewhere too. Not too long after that, I remember getting hooked on books which would have excerpts printed monthly in Ladies Home Journel. It was there that I read the "Six Wives of Henry the Eighth." This led to my seeking out and reading a multitude of biographies and autobiographies. One of my favorites is the 4 or 5 volume set by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Told exclusively through personal diary entries and letters, it is a uniquely personal and, at the same time, historical account of her life and times. Poetry has always interested me too, with Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson and Shel Silverstein (I like his illustrations, too)being some of my favorites.
Today, I rarely ever seem to want to read fiction and find myself still drawn to non-fiction reading of all types. I do, however, have a wonderful memory of reading Anne of Green Gables to my daughter when she was 9. Having never been interested in the Anne series when I was younger, I remember my daughter and I reading many of Mauve Montgomery's passages over and over again--as the images she created with words were pure prose. I realized then all the wonderful writing I had missed, but was still there waiting to be discovered.
Thanks for this thread. I've really enjoyed reading everyone's accounts of their early reading experiences.
Posted 07 June 2003 - 06:49 PM
Having just finished Devil in the White City, I wouldn't exactly describe it as beach reading...but maybe I didn't feel the architectural parts were real page turners, though I will say the serial murders did give it a compelling feel. ;) :eek:
The Da Vinci Code sounds like a good first choice to me...something not too taxing but still a good read - perfect for whiling away the hours on a beach, a train, in a bed, or in a doctor's office! ;)
P.S. Thanks for reminding me about Colin Dexter's books with Inspector Morse!
Posted 07 June 2003 - 11:21 PM
I see there are quite a few Henry VIII and his VI wives fans here -a nice beach book is "the Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory, about Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary Boleyn.
I haven't heard of "The Da Vinci Code" - what is it about? and by whom?
Posted 08 June 2003 - 04:33 AM
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Posted 08 June 2003 - 07:16 AM
I see why people are so enthralled by it. It's chock-full of background on all kinds of topics: the Catholic Church's relationship to Opus Dei and paganism, feminism, fine arts and the lives of the artists, architecture, religious symbology, cryptology, mathematics (Fibonacci sequence is a biggie here) as well as being a really good mystery and, I hear, romance too.
Posted 08 June 2003 - 08:23 AM
Posted 08 June 2003 - 08:35 AM
And, to get a jump start on July, I'm arbitrarily declaring that Bel Canto month
Note: the DaVinci Code link is to the discussion thread on this board. The Bel Canto link is to the book's page on Amazon, which includes reviews and other info.
Posted 08 June 2003 - 10:29 AM
There was a nice list on public radio this morning. They interviewed the CEO of Amazon.com. One of the things on his list was a collection of short stories. I was busily getting ready for Church, and did not get to listen carefully to other recommendations. But, if you're interested, I bet you can find that inteview @ npr.org.
Posted 10 June 2003 - 10:28 AM
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy by Robert Dallek
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Clinton Wars by Sidney Blumenthal (no, I won't start a discussion)
On the less current end:
Blindness by Henry Green
The Trials of Lenny Bruce by Ronald Collins and David Stover
A re-read of The Golden Bowl. I find late James richer with every reading. Also, I saw the most recent movie version on cable last month and I need to clear it out of my head. One of the dismal things about bad movies of novels you love is that they sometimes imprint themselves on your brain whether you want them there or not. (When I go back to The Great Gatsby, it's still hard for me to block out visions of Mia Farrow in the awful wig and Redford in his equally godawful white suits.)
I was recently disappointed by the late Meg Greenfield's "Washington." Except for a few bright spots, it was as dull as her Newsweek columns. Hard to understand how someone as sharp, informed, and talented as Greenfield could manage to be so numbingly anodyne much of the time.
I must agree regretfully with Nanatchka that The Lovely Bones was a dud.
Reading Seabiscuit last summer made me return to William Nack's Secretariat: the Making of a Champion. Still the best racehorse bio I have read, and one of the best sports bios I've read, period.
Posted 10 June 2003 - 01:48 PM
I seem to be big on diaries this summer. I am set to dive into Anais Nin's diary and Mary Karr's memoir - I am a big fan of her poetry.
Posted 10 June 2003 - 05:54 PM
Posted 11 June 2003 - 06:56 AM
As for my summer reading, I ordered the biography of "Karen Kain, Movement Never Lies." This after reading a brief thread on BA. I had never heard of her and am finding it a good read. Also reading "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser, "Stupid White Men" by Michael Moore and my usual, at least one summer retreat book, to rejuvenate me for the next school year, "Understanding the Human Being" by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro.
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