BOOK GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS

Lots of newspapers, radio shows, etc, put out their summer reading lists but a book you really enjoy reading may not be the best book for a discussion. So I am always interested when the Indie book store group puts out its list of books especially recommended for reading group discussions. And I was particularly pleased because #1 on their list is a book I really liked – Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Check out the website for all the lists – separated into several categories to help you decide what kind of reading you want to do.

http://www.bookweb.org/node/29364

Catching up on what’s been read this summer

Haven’t been posting about reading but doesn’t mean reading hasn’t happened.  

Here are some of last month’s highlights

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – about the impact of the war in Chechen – not a light read but a good one

The Devil’s Dream by Lee Smith – story of a musical family from the hills of appalachia to a modern day country/western star – none of them behaved well

The Prophet by Michael Koryta – Really thought this was excellent – about two brothers in a small town trying to deal with the guilt over their sister’s murder years ago – lots of football and religion

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan -enjoyed this story of a very bright but unusual 15 year old who is dealing with losing her beloved sister to a husband and trying to understand love

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams -funny story of a typical Adams situation – time travel and saving the world is included.

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol – unusual plot for a thriller

Close to Home by Peter Robinson -a DCI Banks – bones of a friend of his who disappeared 30 years before are found and he gets involved in the case while Annie is dealing with the disappearance of another 15 old boy.

 

 

WILL YOUR SUMMER READING MAKE YOUR SMARTER?

Flavorwire thinks they have 20 books (non-fiction) that will.  Check out the list and if you read one, let me know if your IQ jumped.

http://flavorwire.com/457770/summer-reading-20-new-nonfiction-books-that-will-make-you-smarter

I think I’ll try Perfectly Miserable by Sarah Payne Stuart.  Read her book about Robert Lowell several years ago and enjoyed it – My First Cousin Once Removed and The Year Roger Wasn’t Well (a not well  disguised book about WGBH)