What are you reading this summer?
Posted 03 June 2003 - 06:12 PM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 03:47 AM
As for this summer, I, too, will be pouncing on the new Harry Potter (also the new Victoria Clayton). Unfortunately, I'm running a local book club so don't know how much time I'll get for my own reading. But hope to convince them to do Bel Canto and The English Passengers and maybe a Patrick O'Brian....Don't see them agreeing to read anything about ballet, though.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 06:06 AM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 09:53 AM
For beach reading, I've often plumped for Michael Crichton. He writes like a computer program and doesn't seem to like girls very much, but he's a fast read and won't insult your intelligence. (And I can recommend "The Great Train Robbery" without any of the foregoing qualifications.)
I also used to dig Judith Krantz in her glory days (pre-"Mistral's Daughter") and never found a satisfactory replacement.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 10:39 AM
Have you read Wharton's 'The House of Mirth'? It's a sad story but beautifully written. I highly recommend it.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 10:48 AM
Like dirac, I'd also like some recommendations for "beach books."
Posted 04 June 2003 - 11:10 AM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 11:22 AM
Margaret Atwood's books make for good beach reads too, though I haven't read the new one. "Alias Grace" and "Blind Assasin" were both great.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 12:53 PM
I'm glad to hear recommendations for Bel Canto. I had originally planned on reading that for a new fiction project I had to do for English, but chose The Lovely Bones instead. I decided not to read it because of a few bad reviews on Amazon, but I'll probably be picking it up again.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 01:10 PM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 01:17 PM
I read the "Devi Wears Prada" it was along the same lines as "Nanny Diaries" and the other dish books.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 05:26 PM
"Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. I heard him speak (not a gifted speaker) and that turned me off but I hear that his book is intriguing. The quote by Arthur Koestler on the back cover piques my interest:
The book is about whether or not mankind will go the way of the dinosaur.
I'll also finish this year "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. I lost the book 3/4 of the way through last year. It's an exploration of how the various cultures of the world developed. Timely, I think.
I confess I still have to finish Alexandra's book, I left it off about halfway through, when I began to work many more hours than I'd expected this year.
Just finished "Secret Life of Bees", a good quick read.
And I have to read dozens of children's books to choose my selections for the literature courses I teach for 4th and 5th graders each year. I welcome all suggestions
Posted 04 June 2003 - 05:39 PM
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