On a site called authorsroundthesouth.com there is a section called Parapalooza that has authors (and possibly others) reading a brief paragraph from one of their books or from a book that has meant something to them. Rick Bragg reads from To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a great way to discover authors unfamiliar to you and just a terrific way to while away a lazy summer afternoon.
And if you love southern authors as much as I do this site is full of gems.
I haven’t read or watched Orange is the new Black but there was a buzzfeed posting today listing all the books mentioned in one year of the series – it’s a long post but if you want to check it out – here’s the link
I am going to have to watch at least an episode or two – they seem to be picking up the literary legacy of The Gilmore Girls – which wouldn’t have occurred to me.
The Sunday Globe today (6/26) has its summer reading list with suggestions from their critics – including Hallie Ephron and Bill Littlefield who have been guests at the Library. I am always torn between being excited that there are so many excellent books I haven’t read and discouraged that there are so many excellent books I haven’t read. In this case there are some oldies and still very goodies on the lists.
To check out the list for your encouragement or discouragement
I think we read for lots of reasons and I have read several books lately that have taught me things I didn’t know but occasionally I just like to read for pleasure – or sometimes just to pass the time when I am stuck with nothing else to do – hence the airplane comment.
So for me an airplane book is one that is pleasant enough to read so that it distracts me from being cramped in a small seat with someone snoring to my left but doesn’t require me to do any serious thinking and probably not much checking of words that I don’t know.
And when I am done, if I forget and leave it in the plane seat pocket there isn’t a loss because it isn’t great enough that I want to immediately share it with others.
SO – is all your reading serious reading or do you have your own airplane equivalent – and if so, what fall into that category?
OK – it really is all right to just say this isn’t the book for me and put it down – no matter how many other people say it’s wonderful.
But if – for some reason – you feel compelled to finish it here are some amusing aids to getting to the end
(credit to Amanda Bell for this article)
Don’t know about you but lots of mine is spent reading.
My favorite of the last few months is the sequel to Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo – Everybody’s Fool. He is one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed this trip back in time.
I have also become a big fan of Fredrik Backman and his latest Britt-Marie was Here was much enjoyed. And liked Helen Simonson’s new title The Summer Before the War – she is the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand which I loved and this one is a bit more complex but has some great characters and gives you an interesting look at a particular place in England in the summer before WWI.
Read a really interesting non-fiction book about corpse dogs – not what you think – they find them called What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren.
Enjoyed Elly Griffiths latest – The Woman in Blue and found a new mystery author – David Taylor that I really like – his first was Night Life. I am looking forward to the next one. Also enjoyed The Promise by Robert Crais – made me wonder why I don’t read more of his.
And finally got around to Chance Harbor by Holly Robinson and liked this one as well as her others. Looking forward to seeing her in the fall with a new book.
SO – how about you. What book have you found that you couldn’t put down?
but don’t forget the older ones.
Each April, since 1917, the Pulitzer Prize exalts some of the highest achievements in journalism and the arts. For the fiction award, the committee honors a piece of distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published the previous year. His Family by Ernest Poole was the first book to ever receive the award. This year, the prize is celebrating its centennial. –