Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Reading

This summer I decided to give the library another try. I love to read, and love the library, but I can never seem to get the books back on time. I'm not talking about a couple of days late either - if I forget, I FORGET. I'd rather not talk about the $30.10 check I wrote to the library to get my account back to current status. Lame.

But I am going to change.

So two weeks ago we went to the library, checked out about 20 books (just one for me, 19 for the kids) and yesterday we did something amazing - WE BROUGHT THEM BACK AND GOT MORE! Yup, we did. What a milestone.

My new thing is that I request from the library something I want to read, and once I get started on that, there is always a book waiting for me.

Here are some suggestions if you are looking for a good read:

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann - this was a really great book that I saw on Oprah's summer reading list, and it was totally worth it. It takes place in NYC which I just loved.

Cutting for Stone but Abraham Verghese - I am in the middle of this one and loving every page. I am a sucker for books about India and the culture and people, and this is a great one.

The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver - I loved the subject of this book, and although it got a tad slow at points in the middle, I liked it a lot. Interesting subject - and told in an interesting way......woman who has a long time companion (she is not married) kisses another man one night and the book is told from that point in two ways - one in which she stays with her companion, and in the other she leaves him for the man she kissed. You don't know what really happens until the end. Cool, huh?

Are you reading anything good this summer? Let me know!


Jen said...

Oooo those sound good! Especially the last one...

I'm in the middle of Jennifer Weiner's new book Best Friends Forever. I love the way she writes and how she infuses the present with the past. So far I'm liking it and I'm interested to see how she pulls it all together in the end.

You know what I got? A Kindle. God do I love that thing. It's dangerous, let me tell you. You can download books to it anywhere at any time. I downloaded a book while we were at the beach! I'm bad like you about libraries. I figure getting the Kindle saves me money!

Krissa said...

I am trying to read A Lesson Before Dying.. not so sure if I'll finish it. I did read Augusten Burroughs' last book, A Wolf at the Table. I LOVED it. I love anything he writes. I think I'll try one of your suggestions instead of my Oprah book....if I can find time to read that is!!!

noble pig said...

I'm currently reading Soils for Fine Wines and another called General Viticulture. I'm sure you will all run out to get these before they sell out. The first one has a lot of mathematical equations, its riveting.