Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Summer Reading

Sunday is date night in the castle.
For the past several months our location of choice is the local Barnes and Noble. 
Prince Charming and I grab some books off the shelves sip coffee in the Starbucks Cafe while perusing through the pages.
I inevitably wind up coming home with a book or two. I can't help it. I love books.
(Disclaimer: I love books but I am not an avid reader. Reading puts me to sleep. *yawn*)
This summer I am determined to read at least one of the books I have purchased. 
The last summer I tried this was in 2004. The year Oprah's Book Club tackled Anna Karenina. I made it halfway through before I lost momentum.
(This was the summer we moved into the castle and the book was packed away and I just forgot about it. But I am still proud that I was able to get through half of that book.)

The current choices on  my side table are:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom.
I Love You, Ronnie (The letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

What's on your summer reading list?


Susanna said...

Anna Karenina? Wow, you really picked a doozy to start with. That's on my list to attempt someday when I have a lot of free time and few distractions (so probably not in the next 18 years).

5 People You Meet in Heaven is a good one to try. It's engaging and has really short chapters. I haven't read any of the others you mentioned.

Right now, I'm reading The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Sharon Crumb. I usually like her Tennessee mountain murder mysteries, but this one is kind of dull.

The last book I read that I really loved that wasn't fantasy or sci-fi was The Thirteenth Tale. Great story!

Lani said...

I know what you mean. I buy books faster than I can read them, so my reading list is LONG. I just got my summer amazon order:

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Holidays on Ice & Barrel Fever by David Sedaris

Plum Boxed Set (1,2,3) - by Janet Evanovich

Jenni said...

Well, I'm a reader - but I don't generally buy books. I borrow them from the library or my mom. About 4 years ago, I did buy Anna Karenina but I can't remember if I actually finished reading it...or even started it. I was going through a "let's read the classics" phase.

I just finished read Sail by James Patterson.

Now I'm reading Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult.

Once my mom finishes Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich, I'll read that.

I also have a new Dean Koontz book that my mom gave me sitting on my night stand.

Other than that it just depends on what the library has available. I've been known to just grab a random book off the new releases shelf and check it out.

mathcutie said...

I just finished Look Me in the Eye, John Robison. He's an adult with Asperger's Syndrome, a good read especially for those curious about this condition.

Before that Stiff, Mary Roach. The curious life of human cadavers.

Currently Father Joe, the Man Who Saved My Soul, Tony Hendra. After a quasi-affair with a married woman a 14-year old British boy meets a curious monk.

LadyAR said...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of my all time favourite books. If have never read it, you must!!!


A New Beginning said...

I know why the caged bird sings....

Beware. I had to put this book down. It was too disturbing for me at the age I read it (14) as it delves into the topic of rape which I have the unfortunate personal experience with. I still remember how upsetting it was to even read a small bit of this and I think I would feel the same way now if I tried. I understand that many people liked the book but for me it was torture. It was graphic and appalling.