Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Summer Reading 2009

As you may have gathered, I love to read. (I've been told by some that I talk about books a lot. I've also been told that I talk about food a lot. Is this a problem? Discuss.) As a kid, I loved that summer was a long stretch of time that I could use to read as many books as possible. Since I couldn't drive and we lived in a very rural area, this meant stockpiling books from the used book store and the library and hoping that I always had a huge selection. This has lead to some serious book hoarding as an adult and made my bookselling career very dangerous to my bank account. I digress.

My summers now are much busier than they were, but I still believe in summer reading (even if it doesn't vary much from the rest of the year).

This is what I read this summer:

  • Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott - One of my favorite childhood books, I thought I would reread it this summer. At first, I wished that I hadn't. It didn't seem as rich or detailed or fun as I remembered (I has similar issues with Little House on the Prairie a couple of years ago.) As I read, though, the joy of the book came back to me, and it's still one of my favorites.
  • Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott - This is the sequel to Eight Cousins. I don't remember ever reading it as a child, but parts of the story seemed very familiar to me. I didn't love it as much as Eight Cousins, but it was still a fun read.
  • A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg - This book was all the rage last spring on a lot of the blogs that I read (it's written by the author of Orangette), so I requested it from the library. Apparently, it was popular all around because it took a long time for me to get it. I really enjoyed reading it. I felt like I was sitting over dessert while Molly told me her life story. And I want to try so many of the recipes. I'm considering buying this book because I'll never be able to keep the book from the library long enough to try everything.
  • Kosher Sutra by Shmuley Boteach - Not exactly what it sounds like. I heard about it on the Today show, and waited for the library to have it. It's all about connecting and reconnecting with your spouse and I highly recommend it regardless of your religious persuasion. (For adults only, though.)
  • the entire Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer - All 27,000 pages of it, give or take. (Don't get too excited. There aren't that many words on each page, and the books aren't that difficult to read. I may have skipped some words, too. A Twilight post will be forthcoming when I can decide what to say.)
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling - Actually, I listened to it in the car (which I won't be doing much longer with a two year old). I was trying to get ready for the sixth movie, but I'm glad I didn't finish it in time. The movies are much better if the books aren't as fresh if you love it all as much as I do.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling - This was aslo listened to in the car. When I finished Half Blood Prince, I decided to just keep going and finish the series out on audio. I actually listen to the two books over and over in the car. I could probably recite them if asked.
  • Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian - I've recommended this book in this space before but I just picked up my own copy because I took her Library of Memories class at and wasn't sure I needed it. I'm glad I did, though, because it's a great refresher for the class. I was able to read through and remember why I scrapbook the way I do, and notice things that I could still implement or change about my system.
  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd - Her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, is one of my favorites so I was really excited about this book. I've been trying to read it since Abigail was a newborn (she's 2 and a half now), and I'm still only a few chapters in. I think I've been in the wrong frame of mind every time I try to read it. Then again, it could be that the premise of the mother daughter relationship is upsetting to me. It's starting to grow on me, though. ( Still haven't finished)
  • Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule - I'm not sure if I've completely read through the whole book yet since it's largely craft instructions. I really enjoyed reading the chapter on why she crafts and the chapter on visiting thrift stores and how to shop them. Amanda's writing is so different from other craft books. Her writing is just so homey. I will do a post soon about this book and the projects I hope to do.
So, what was on your summer reading list? Let me know if you have a title you think worth checking out next summer (or next week).


Indigo, madder, marigold said...

WOW! that's a LOT of reading. I could never read that much in one summer, although I did read the Twilight series too. I had to. My teenagers were all up into it and I couldn't speak their language unless I read it! Love the thought of reading LMA. I'll have to check those books out.
I'm more of a nerd...Dune, Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Social Intelligence, Mists of Avalon...those are some faves for me.

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

Angela, to be fair, I started reading several of them in April or May, and I skimmed some of them too. I haven't finished The Mermaid Chair. I read Photo Freedom in the car on a trip. And Twilight, well, it was time consuming. I read it as a favor to a couple of friends. My record is reading 20 books one summer when I was in high school, but a couple were books for younger kids, and Reader's Digest condensed versions.