Summer Reading

Summer Reading

This list of Time Magazine’s top 100 novels (of which I’ve read 20) was a bit sad to me. I think perhaps because when looking for a list of books to read, I’m not looking for the book that sells the most copies, the one that everyone reads, but for the book that will enrich my life. A friend sent me to Roger Ebert’s blog of all places, and his list and what he has to say about what makes a worthwhile book list is lovely.

But so far my favorite place to find new books to read is the Booker Prize for Fiction list.  from this list I’ve picked Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and The Inheritance of Loss by Kirin Desai and I loved them both.  I have to say that following the spare prose of Disgrace with the intricate description of Inheritance was a bit of a shock to the system but, in the end, I appreciate them both.

I also picked up The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers at the Bookmill and devoured it.  It got to me a bit, that feeling that something should happen but it isn’t that weighs you down like the heat of summer… yeah, that got to me.  McCullers not only projected me back to my 12 year old self, she also spoke to the me now.

Up next: The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan.

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