Summer Reading ORGY! Okay. I said that to get your attention.

I decided not to teach this summer, so I could narrate full time. And…uh…well…it looks like I’ll have some extra time to write and read. Yay! (Fingers crossed that I get some more narration gigs soon.) So I’m kicking off my Slow Down And Read summer campaign. This is year two. YEAR TWO! I can’t believe a year has passed. Crazy. Anyway. I have a stack of books I’ve been meaning to read. Okay. Probably closer to three stacks if you add all the titles I have on my Kindle. But here’s the physical stack:

 

So? What’s on my Summer Reading List? Here it is in no particular order because that requires effort. Oh. And I'll put links up if you want to read more about the books:

 

“Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey

I picked this one up at my writing group’s conference. I don’t really know much about it except it’s fantasy, and the lady on the cover isn’t wearing a shirt, so she’s either a sorceress or a temptress or maybe both.

 

“The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

 

I’ve seen the movie a hundred times. In fact, the first time I saw it I went with a group of friends when I was in high school. I didn’t get to do a lot of social things when I was a teenager, and this has always been a highlight. I’ve seen the movie so much, I didn’t really feel the need to read the book. A shocker, I know. But Kealoha swears it’s wonderful and I’m betting it probably is.

 

“The Table Comes First—Family, France, and the Meaning of Food” by Adam Gopnik

Kealoha got this for me for Christmas. Since we’re going to Paris in July, I should probably crack this puppy open and get reading.

 

“Bossypants” by Tina Fey

My mother-in-law loaned this to me, so I’ll try to read this first. Sometimes, I think Tina Fey has the life I’d have had if I made two or three significantly different choices in my life like, I dunno, stay in New York and perform more. Not that I’d be famous or anything. Whatever. Tina Fey, she funny. I like funny.

 

“Catch Me” by Lisa Gardner

I actually got this book by mistake. I THOUGHT I was grabbing a book by Lisa Unger, a suspense writer whose work I really dig. I guess I blanked on her name. So I’ll give this one a try.

 

“Aegean Intrigue” by Patricia Kiyono

This is written by a woman in my writer’s group. I’m really curious to check out her work. It sounds like a lot of fun.

 

“The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides.

I pre-ordered this when it first came out and am ashamed I still haven’t read it. Eugenides is a master and I’m curious about this plot of marriage and English majors.

 

“Checker and the Derailleurs” by Lionel Shriver

I’ve read two books by Shriver and they both destroyed me. You know, destroyed me in a good way. She’s emotionally complex and an intense storyteller. I got to narrate one of her books, and read “We Should Talk About Kevin” last year. I’ve vowed to read everything she’s written. I know nothing about this book, but I’m excited to read it.

 

“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson

If you don’t read The Bloggess’s blog, you should. She’s quirky, twisted, dark, swears all the time, and comes up with tshirts that are so wrong, they seem perfect. AND I give her the award for best cover.

 

Finally, I asked for some suggestions, and this is what people wrote in on my FB page:

“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman (I love Hoffman. Good pick) “The Flight of Gemma Hardy” by Margot Livesey “King Solomon’s Mines” by H. Rider Haggard “Trajectories” by Tess Grant “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot “Trouble in Mudbug” by Jana DeLeon

I’ll choose one more from the suggestions above, or comments posted, and I probably need to read a classic. Feel free to join me in my summer reading bacchanal. Actually, that’s probably a better name for my campaign: Slow Down And Read is now my Book Bacchanal. Because books are better with wine. Oh! And I'm on Goodreads too, and will occasionally post reviews.

What are you reading?