We don't get sent home with summer reading lists anymore. But if you're like me, you have a running list all year round.
Well, it's always a hoot to see what other people are reading, which is why I joined the booklovers' site Goodreads.com a few years ago (want to be my Goodreads reading buddy, click here) at the urging of my friend Sarah.
Here is a list of what some Philadelphia-area authors have on their summer reading lists by Philadelphia Literary Scene Examiner Kathye Petrie: Philadelphia authors talk about their summer reading.
My summer reading list, which is evolving and is largely based on a) what books my well-read sister in Colorado sends me and b)what books people bring into work and recommend, currently includes "The Gathering" by Anne Enright, and "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown (to be read before I see the movie).
I just finished "A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson, which made me not only want to find some way to become a better, funnier writer, but also to hop on the Appalachian Trail as soon as possible and see a little bit of the sites he was talking about. Except for the incessant rain, blisters and body odor and lack of food other than raisins and Snickers.
Hmmm. I may be headed to the Delaware Water Gap this weekend...