summer reading list 2009
Most people when they think of summer reading lists, they think of light, happy paperbacks for poolside reading. Not me! Sure, there’s some of that mixed in there, but this summer I’m finishing up my favorite books from Literature of Journalism that I didn’t finish, delving into a new favorite author, turn of the century satire, and some new stuff that just looks like a good read.
And the Band Played On: On Politics, People, and the AIDs Epidemic by Randy Shilt–Extremely depressing, enraging, informative and heavy, but I’m about half way through the monstrous book and feel like it’s a very important book for me to finish.
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean–Love her, love the book so far, but end of semester projects and papers prevented me from finishing before the Literature of Journalism syllabus made me pick up another book I didn’t finish.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith–This remix of one of my classic favs just looks so fantastically ridiculous. I’m going to need a good break from all the journalistic pages I will be starting the summer off with, and I think this book is just the thing.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain–Satire and Twain, again. It’s a classic; it should be funny, and I feel like it’s something I need to read.
The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose–Being an alum of a Christian university, I’m very very interested in what this book has to say. I loved A.J. Jacobs’ A Year of Living Biblically so I’m hoping this book will be in a similar vein.
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg–Recipes and personal stories, what more could an aspiring cook/baker/writer want???? I also dig the title. Who doesn’t want to live a homemade life?? This book will get read this summer, even if it must get bumped to the front of the line.
I would also like to read something else by Susan Orlean other than The Orchid Thief. My two top choices are The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup and Saturday Night, but since this list seems plenty long so I’ll wait to make the decision if I need to.
Got any suggestions of titles? I know this is looking pretty intimidating to tackle at the moment, but I always like to have a summer reading list overfloweth than be skimpy so bring on anything else you think I need to read while I’m chilling in the hammock with some sweet tea this summer.
Edit: I’ve thought of another book I’ve had my eye on for a long time but never have gotten around to reading. It’s called From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava. It just looks like an incredible story.
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