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Summer Reading (or What I’ll Be Reading This Summer): A Top Ten List

This week’s top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish): books to be read this summer. But let’s just admit what this really is – a to-do list. I actually like lists if you couldn’t tell (the ‘Lists’ tab sort of gives it away, doesn’t it?). I get quite a bit of satisfaction from crossing things off. And as many of these are books I have for review consideration, I will likely get to cross them off by the end of the summer. Two birds, one stone and all that nonsense…

Swedish Summer

Let’s pretend my vacation will look like this. There will at least be canoes, but I am (sadly) positive they will not be in Sweden.

So here are ten books on my to be read list and ten books that are likely to be featured on this blog (save nos. 9 and 10, which I’ll be solely reading for pleasure). In no particular order:

10. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Because I wouldn’t want Kate to hassle me.

9. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. I am going on vacation at the end of this month and bringing only this book with me (otherwise I fear it will never get read).

8. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. I am fascinated by the Civil War, it’s one of my many nerdy traits (I use the word nerdy with the utmost affection).

7. Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman. I’ve never cared much for Freud, if only because I disagree with his dream interpretations. But this one is interesting.

6. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan. Because I really loved Maine (the state and the book).

5. In Love by Alfred Hayes. A masterpiece folks, go read it.

4. In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell. I’m reading this one currently. It’s confusing, for lack of a better word, but very beautifully written.

3. Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet. Because Dennis Lehane says its good, so it must be.

2. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez. All the early reviews have been excellent, plus it’s translated fiction which I working hard to read more of.

1. The Rathbones by Janice Clark. It only took eight words for me to want to review this book: A gothic, literary adventure set in New England.

What are you reading this summer?

Photo: Outdoor Academy of Sweden Flickr

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