Summer's almost done! Share a favorite book from your summer reading. And do you seek out different books depending on the season?
by Meredith Cole
I always feel like I get more reading done in the summertime than any other time of the year. I pack large stacks of books on each weekend adventure or week away. I have high hopes of getting to the bottom of the pile of books next to my bed. But in the end I often turn away from the more serious tomes I tackle in the wintertime, and turn back to old favorites or comfort reads and magazines. My brain seems to want some time off in the summertime.
In June, I went on a Dorothy Sayers/Agatha Christie kick. Reading all of the Peter Wimsey novels never takes very long, but I always find something new in them. And then I set out to read some of the Agatha Christie's that I hadn't read before, some good... some not so much. It's good to know that even great writers fail sometimes.
Here are a few of the books I read this summer by authors I'd never read before:
"An Available Man" by Hilma Wolitzer (The perils of dating over fifty. Sweet and funny)
"This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!" by Jonathan Evison (Jumping forward and back in time in an elderly woman's life. Funny and sad)
"The Past" by Tessa Hadley (Interesting, but not particularly funny. Made me happy I wasn't trapped with my extended family in a house for a week)
And what am I reading now? I was just down in North Carolina and got to visit Malaprop's in Asheville. I knew just what I wanted to buy when I went in, and I was relieved to see that they had a copy of "You Will Know Me," by Megan Abbott. So that's up next on the TBR list!
Now onto the fall reading list...