My local newspaper (although I should admit we no longer have a subscription for a number of reasons even though that has nothing to do with anything but I felt I should mention it) puts out each summer a best of list. About two years ago, they canned the books section. It wasn’t something new; a lot of papers were doing it for budget reasons and I guess they mistakenly believed people had stopped reading. Anyway, rant for another time… In the last few months, the paper has brought back a semi-book section which is published several times a year. I read the book section online and found this year’s summer recommendations list and thought it would be fun to take a look and possibly add more books to my list. Because, let’s face it, that’s what it’s really about it — it’s the books.
I found that once again I still don’t have much in common with my local paper’s picks. There are a few on here which are on my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading, but I also feel as if the paper has to always pick something that feels DC-like as if we all sit around thinking, breathing, and eating policy. I can assure you that’s not the case. At least I do not and I only speak for myself. There may be some individuals that do — I’m just not one of those individuals. Anyway, the list isn’t too policy heavy this year but still not enough to fully impress me.
Here’s the list of new summer arrivals.
A zombie book (Zone One by Colson Whitehead) sounds somewhat interesting but I’ve had a bit too much of these characters this year which means there will be a wait to read this one. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman is one that will make it on my list though. She’s an author I’ve been meaning to read.
The editorial picks are here.
The Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler does sound interesting and I feel I am lacking in my knowledge about the arctic and it would fulfill my non-fiction reading craving. Unfortunately, that’s probably it for me.
It’s not as if I need to add more to the already crowded and overwhelming list of books but sometimes I want to feel as if I’m getting something out of the paper. Guess that’s why I’m reading blogs for book recommendations instead. Although, maybe I need to explore this thought in another post someday…
Before I leave off for the day, a few links for your enjoyment:
Top 10 fairy tales picked by the author of the Inkheart trilogy, Cornelia Fluke. I will admit to not recognizing any of these stories.
Need a summer adventure but don’t want to leave the house? Travel by book! Turn Right at Machu Picchu is on my list.
The Telegraph has literary home tours.
5 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Summer Books to Read or Not to Read”
Thanks for the BookWorld overview. That thing’s been sitting on my coffee table for weeks but now I know I don’t need to rush to it anytime soon…
I took a look at the list and saw a couple I’ve heard of but none that moved me to add to my must-read list. Like you, we quit our subscription a few years ago for a few reasons – one being they canned the local (and quite reliable) book reviewer. So sad.
I’m not sure that list really falls within my reading taste, either. I tend to stay away from big publication Best Of lists and stick to my blogger lists. :O)
I love the choices for top fairy tales, and I particularly appreciate the inclusion of The Six Swans. The Six Swans is a wondrous fairy tale (although if I were the girl in that story I would damn well not have married that rotten prince) and I think it deserves more play than it gets. Pixar should make it a movie. It would be a cool movie. In the movie she could say “screw you” to the prince and marry some brave nice boy who had been there for her all along. (Not that I’ve given too much thought to this or anything.)
The only ones I recognize from the Top 10 Fairy Tales are The Goose Girl and Donkeyskin–neither of which I’ve read.
Thanks for the links!