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.
Trying this theme – think it’s called sorbet – does it look like summer to you?
One of the short listed titles is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra which I mentioned in my last post and which earlier was long listed for the 2013 national Book Award and won the national Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.
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.
Books on the Nightstand (an on-line blog) has a fun summer reading game called Summer reading Bingo – you can get your Bingo card at
Here’s a link to the one from Knopf
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.
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)