Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer reading

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...


Uncle Evan said...

Bill Bryson is my new hero.
I just nabbed another of his works, about living in Englad, at the Phoenixville Library for $2.
Unlike many libraries, which sell donated books once or twice a year, we recently discovered the Phoenixville library sells them all year long out of a room in the basement. Even better, they are all organized by genre, making it easy to focus on your interests.

Anonymous said...

Love Bill Bryson too. Even his book on language Mother Tongue is a hoot. But come on Michelle, do read some brain candy too. My summer reading list includes Harry Potter (finally your nieces are ready) and Twilight (while nieces would like to also read, momma says NO). Commencement is a quick girlie read (I'll send that to you soon). Um, I can't figure out how to sign in for this comment.... but this is your sister.

Michelle Karas said...

Dear Anonymous Jennifer Karas,

I tried the HP books when the first one came out. Just not my bag. But Caroline will love it.

However, the girls are NOT old enough for Twilight. nosireee. It's too sexy and violent for my 9-year-old niece!

This is your sister.