Sunday, June 28, 2009

Summer Reading

For the next book selection, I thought we'd focus on summer reads - fun reads you can enjoy while sitting under a tree on a sunny summer day. I also thought that we would choose for two months instead of just one, coming back from summer with a new title for September (this has nothing to do with the fact that I haven't finished Cloud Atlas yet). I've compiled a list of summer reads - granted, "summer reads" have different connotations for different people, but I will try my best:

1. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

2. The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon

3. The Believers - Zoe Heller

4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I've provided five possibilities, but I invite more, if there are any other suggestions. You'll notice that a few of them are familiar, as they have been previous nominees, but I think they fit the category and would be worthy reads for summer. All have great stories told with humour and are relatively short, with, I think, Eggers' book the longest at 375 pages. However, if I'm right, the pages will fly by as we will all have so much fun while reading. Who could ask for more? I'll set up the poll on Thursday with the list of suggestions.


Bonnie said...

1. Anything Sophie Kinsella
2. Anything with Fabio on the cover
3. The Twilight books
4. At least two issues of Cosmo
5. Goodnight Moon

I expect each of these to be listed in the poll. :)

Garry said...


Frances said...

All good choices, but I would have to pick The Believers. Read it a couple of months ago and loved it. Many have tossed it aside in the blogosphere citing unlikable characters but I think they may have missed the satire, the humor. If you have a wicked side, this is for you.

New to your blog but I will definitely be back. Thanks for the link in your blogroll.

Garry said...

Thanks, Frances! My wife would agree with you as well, having read it herself. It could be a contenda!

Jacks said...

Bonnie, you read my mind! Though I might have to add Charlene Harris to that list... ;) Seriously though maybe Lamb if you're up for some more Moore? But that's only because I just picked it up as a part of a rather large pile of books...