Summer Reading...Suggestions???

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by tictoc, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. tictoc

    tictoc New Member

    Hi all,
    Just wondering what books any of you might recommend for summer reading (for me, that is). I like everything...historical fiction, chick lit, mysteries, memoirs, and serious literature. If it has words, I like it. These are the best books I've read lately:

    Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, also by Lisa See
    The Help, by Katherine Stockett
    Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen
    An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison

    Thanks for any ideas you have.
  2. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Don't laugh... I am re-reading the Twilight saga, in preparation for taking B to see Eclipse next week...
  3. muttmeister

    muttmeister Well-Known Member

    I just read the new Michael Connelly/ Harry Bosch (Nine Dragons) and tonight I will finish the new Jeffery Deaver/ Lincoln Rhyme (The Burning Wire). Also, recently read the latest Elizabeth Peters/Amelia Peabody (A River in the Sky) and I'm looking forward to the new Janet Evanovich/ Stephanie Plum Sizzling Sixteen).
  4. svengandhi

    svengandhi Well-Known Member

    I just read Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. It's on the rising junior list in our school and I got it for difficult child but started reading it because he wasn't finished with his tests.
  5. standswithcourage

    standswithcourage New Member

    This summer I have read the book by Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray and Love. I enjoyed her journey to find herself so much. It is an awesome book and will be made into a movie in August! Also I have heard The Help is good to. That is going to be my next read!~
  6. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    Believe it or not, I'm going to be reading some of the books on my kids' summer reading lists:

    A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
    A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Knogsburg
    The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

    If you like Jodi Picoult, I just finished House Rules (about a young man with Asperger's) and thought it was very good.
  7. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Just finished two I borrowed from my Sis-in-law...

    A Sister's Heart by Wanda E. Brunstetter
    Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

    I enjoyed Prayers for Sale, the other, not so much. Am currently re-reading a biography of Lillian Gilbreth - called Making Time by Jane Lancaster. Very interesting..she was truly ahead of her time. Heard Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (one of the "Cheaper by the Dozen") speak several years ago.

    I want to read House Rules...guess I'll go check out Sis-in-law's bookshelves again and see if it's there.
  8. tictoc

    tictoc New Member

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Smallworld: I loved "Interpreter of Maladies." I revisit in now and then. difficult child and husband are currently reading "The Lightning Thief" together.
  9. ScentofCedar

    ScentofCedar New Member

    Little Bee Clive Cleve
  10. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I'm starting the 22nd Richard Jury novel by Martha Grimes, "The Black Cat". Not sure how much I'm liking it yet. I couldn't abandon the charaters, though. She can be quite mrorose at times.

    When I am done with that, husband and I are going to read Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich together. She's always good for a laugh.
  11. Bean

    Bean Member

    The Glass Castle
    Secret Life of Bees
    Interpreter of Maladies
    The Book Thief (kind of long, can't say I actually finished it but my bookclub read it and 90% loved it)
    The Other Boyeyn
  12. SRL

    SRL Active Member

  13. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    Mostly teen fiction as I look for appropriate material for Piglet and my nephew:
    Hunger Games, Catching Fire
    Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras
    Percy Jackson series (Lightning Thief, etc)

    I read Push (book the movie Precious is based on). Totally overwhelming.
  14. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Usually I'm on the reading bandwagon but the last two books I read were so unforgettable...I've forgotten the titles and authors. Bummer.

    Does anyone have a reference book that lists books that are classics and worthwhile reading? Years ago I had a book that was entitled something like "a guide to books that educated people should have read"..or something similar. My intention was to pick up the missing pieces in my literature education by reading the synopsis of great and popular literature. Not. The book got lost with the last move. I'd like to get a replacement. DDD
  15. muttmeister

    muttmeister Well-Known Member

    I don't have a list of the best books ever but I have been reading my way through Time magazine's 100 best English language books published since 1923.

    I've found a few real gems and a few that make me question their judgement but it has been a fun adventure. I had already read quite a few of them and most of the rest have been available through the library.
  16. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Thank you, thank you and thank you, Mutt. This will serve the purpose beautifully. It's stored in my Favorite Places so I don't lose I always lose my wings recipte, lol. You're great. DDD
  17. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    This is why I've been reading YA fiction, along with my usual non-fiction.
  18. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Hmm... I have several, worn and dog eared, that I keep...

    Wuthering Heights
    Pride and Prejudice
    Lady Chatterly's Lover
    The Man in the Iron Mask
    The Great Gatsby
    Romeo and Juliet
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    ...And bunches of stuff like The Cricket in Times Square - for me, an hour's read. I love Chester Cricket, Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat!
  19. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    I've met and talked to Markus Zuzak (author of "The Book Thief"), several times. I attended a writing workshop of his late last year.

    Book recommendations - my favourite author is Terry Pratchett. He's a family favourite. His Discworld series has been described as "Tolkien on acid." It's fantasy satire. Nothing is sacred. But in there he also includes detective fiction, historical, music, magic (from a different point of view). I would suggest a book of his to begin with would be "Wyrd Sisters". it's got overtones of Macbeth (and a lot of other Shakespeare references). But form the witches' point of view. Other similar ones are "Carpe Jugulum" (a different look at vampires, very funny but also a lo of fun). After "Wyrd Sisters" a sort of sequel is "Witches Abroad". Then you could read "Lords and Ladies" before getting into "Carpe Jugulum." But you can read them in any order and still enjoy them immensely.

    If you like detective fiction plus historical fiction, try the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters. It was also made into a TV series starring Derek Jacobi. The first book is "A Morbid Taste for Bones" but perhaps the easiest book to read to begin with, is the second in the series, "One Corpse Too Many". I especially like, for beginners, "The Virgin in the Ice". Or "The Pilgrim of Hate". Although it is a sort of medieval forensic medicine, there is a sense of peace and tranquility to these books, I have found them a restful but stimulating read.

  20. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Marg, I love the Brother Cadfael books. And Terry Pratchett is a blast.

    Have you ever read any of the books by Tom Holt? Overtime. Who's Afraid of Beowulf, Snow White and the Seven Samurai. Lots of other titles, but these are the ones that come to mind. His work has a similar approach to Terry Pratchett's in the fantasy-satire, but he throws in a lot of historic characters (and then hijinks ensue).

    Years ago, I read a book co-authored by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman called Good Omens. It was very entertaining.

    Right now I'm reading Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity by John Stossel (the dude from 20/20). I've been reading a lot of books on politics, history etc. lately, and I needed something a bit lighter.