Summer Reading: Part Two

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

This is just a smattering of what I've been reading, as I desperately attempt to reach 50 books in 2010.

{ just finished }

To Kill A Mockingbird by Nelle Harper Lee is the seminal classic I read every August. Why August? Three reasons: I believe one's favorite book should be read annually, it's my birth month and when I received the book nearly a decade ago, the story starts in the summer. For book club this Thursday I'll be leading a discussion about the novel's less transparent themes.

{ also just finished }

I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley is just the type of book you can pick up and devour in one sitting. Apart from the pretty book cover, which I believe is a vintage mattress, the book both dispels and affirms the idea that ALL New Yorkers are neurotic. Good thing, otherwise there'd be no stories, or cake, to indulge in.

{ trying to currently read }

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton is one of those book club suggestions that I immediately feel guilty about for NOT having read it yet. Unfortunately, the tedious high society characters make it even tougher to find a compelling reason to finish. (Side note: NOT finishing a book also induces large quantities of guilt in my bibliophile DNA.)

{ started this morning }

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson is all kinds of funny, one I'm not certain is commute appropriate but is engaging enough to keep me up to the wee hours of say 11pm. Oh, and his sentiments about carrying a backpack the size of a horse...yeah, I get that.

{ up next }

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk by Tony Dushane came to me through another blog post. I have a sneaking suspicion that the overly zealous adolescent protagonist might unearth repressed memories of my own overly-religious formative years. To that I say, bring it.


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