Summer Reading

I come from a family of readers.  As a kid, we usually spent family time shopping at the mall on Saturdays. My dad was a good sport; he often joined me, my mom and my sister on these excursions with a book in his back pocket.  He’d walk from store to store with us and pull out his book at each stop.  My father still carries a book in his back pocket just in case and has been know to read a book a day on vacation – something my husband just didn’t understand about me until we went on vacation with my whole family and everyone had their nose in a book.  So, I guess you could say that I come by my love of reading and writing naturally.  I’ve read some great books this Summer!  If you’re like me and looking to escape the Summer’s heat or enjoy a world far far away, here are my top contenders for Summer 2011:

  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One - I picked up the first of this 5 part series this past Winter when I learned that HBO had made it into a mini-series.  HBO rarely picks wrong. If you like lords and ladies and kingdoms far far away with lots of intrigue, this series is for you. I’ve finished the first 2 books so far.
  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine - I’m a closet foodie.  If I had the time to have another blog, I’d write one for my husband about our dining exploits around the world.  I’m a little bit of a nerd, ok well probably more than a little bit, and I like to know the history behind things like wine, the gourmet food movement in the U.S., the history of the tomato (I told you I was a bit of a nerd), etc.  I knew there were high stakes in the world of oenology (the study of wine and winemaking), I just had no idea to what extent!
  • South of Broad: A Novel - When my friend Lybra heard I was going to Charleston, she insisted I read this book.  Hands down, one of the best books I’ve read all year – just a really well told story.
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel – If you love windswept moors, bleak houses and strange families, this book is perfect.  It’s a masterful, deliberately old-fashioned story of secrets, ghosts, sexual obsession, murder, madness–you name it.
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - One of the better love stories I’ve read in ages. At one point on our flight to Italy I was crying so hard (I a sentimentalist; I tear up very easily) my husband got worried that something was really wrong and forced me to look at him and tell him why I was crying.  He’s seen me tear up before at movies, a picture, books – you name it – just never like this over a story. A real tear jerker.
  • Douglass’ Women : A Novel - My friend Davia finished this book while we were on vacation last week.  It so intrigued me – a story told from the viewpoint of the 3 women in Fredrick Douglass’ life: his wife, his white mistress and his daughter. See . . . gotcha, right? I bought it on the spot.  It’s next on my reading list.
  • Murder of a Medici Princess - After touring all around Italy and spending time in the Florence (the city built by the Medici’s) visiting The Uffizi, The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, the Ponte Vecchio - all apart of the Medici empire – I needed to become fully ensconced in their world.  So, I’m making my way through a long list of books about the Medicis, various Popes and Italy in general.  There’s nothing like a little royal intrigue!

So tell me dear readers, what are you reading this Summer?  Have you read any of the above? What say you?

(oh, and yes, I generally read 2 or 3 books at a time . . .)

5 Responses to “Summer Reading”

  • Right on time! I’m looking for a few new books to download and you’ve got some great selections here. I’ve actually seen all of the Game of Thrones episodes on HBO and am now intrigued by the books, so I think I’ll start there.

  • I have read the first two of the Stieg Larsson series.

  • Thanks for the insight…any chance we can get the gang back together???

  • I just finished The Long Song by Andrea Levy, an English born daughter of Jamaican immigrants. I liked her book Small Island much better. Am also reading about 3 other books–real trash, perfect for the summer.

  • I read Douglass’ Women a few years ago..great read. I just finished “If Sons, Then Heirs” by Lorene Carey. A great book about family secrets from the past and reconciling them with present relationships. Very moving.

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