Confession. I created my summer reading list in early May and then promptly read the Hunger Games trilogy on my first two days of vacation. Whew. I feel better now that I told you. Hunger Games was fine. Good. Decent. Whatever. I am ready to get back on task.
Here is what I have chosen to read this summer. Below the picks, I will tell you what I think so far (I have started two picks and finished one) and I will tell you why the remaining made the list.
Paris, Paris– Over twenty years ago, Downie, a travel writer, moved from San Francisco to Paris. This book is a collection of essays and observations of people, places and life in the city of light. I am obsessed with Paris, a more glamorous, yet just as seedy version of NYC. I am very excited to read his take on my second favorite city in the world.
Letters of Ernst Hemingway – I have about run out of Hemingway to read. I’m not bragging. He really didn’t publish very many novels, so I need to move further into the short stories and of course, his letters. I find his writing style so simple and clear, yet he is still able to convey visuals and emotions to the reader. And fine, I will admit it: I like his arrogance.
Art of Fielding – Harbach worked on this novel for over ten years and the media coverage prior to the release was unrelenting. I decided to wait until the hype died down to read this book. But then the Husband heard about it on a sports blog and asked me about it. If the kids on the sports discussion boards are talking about a novel that is about relationships and commitments with baseball as a background, I am all for it. I am about 200 pages in and love it.
Steve Jobs – Obviously you know what this is about. I will caution you that Isaacson tries his best to present the true story, not just Jobs as a mythical creature. I had to put the book aside when early in his career, Jobs may (or may not) have unfairly split a paycheck with his future partner, Steve Wozniak. I know we all aren’t perfect, but I was seeing a pattern of taking advantage of others, not just opportunities. I may have to save the rest of this book for the winter.
Red on Red – Conlon wrote his memoir, Blue Blood, while working his way through the ranks of the NYPD. My Pop gave me a copy of Blue Blood and it was a really great read. Red on Red is his debut novel. My friend, who is the crime columnist for the NYT, recommended it. I haven’t started this one, but the Husband read it on vacation and liked it.
Wild – I swear I read this before Oprah even announced it as part of her book club 2.0. No matter. I guess it means the world will be exposed to a very real, very honest account of Strayed’s life. I read this extremely quickly and will probably revisit it again, which is rare for me.
There you have it! That’s my list for the summer. What are you reading? You can comment by clicking the grey box next to the title. I am already starting my list for Fall and would be grateful for your suggestions!