Summer Reading List 2012

It seems like every summer, I search for a project to do and perhaps complete by the time September rolls around. I already have the habit of focusing on more of the classics during the hotter months, and the D and I usually have a movie focus – one year were all the Star Wars movies, another were all the Star Trek movies, last year were the Harry Potter movies (but could only stomach two of them as they got a bit b-o-r-i-n-g for moi – no disrespect intended for the HP fans out there).

So, with all this summer list talk on the bookie blogs around the interwebs, I thought I would put together a very “light-hearted-no-pressure–only-read-if-I-want-to” list of books that have been on my TBR pile for a rather long time and at the same time, be rather fun to read.

Here is the list that I tossed together. The caveats are as follows (not that I am picky or anything…) :

  • I don’t have to stick to the list
  • I don’t have to finish any of them
  • Once they are off the list, they’re out of the house

Join Me – Danny Wallace (non-fiction) – finished this one September 2012. (Does that still count as summer in the Northern Hemisphere?)… Good read, btw.

Steve Jobs bio (non-fiction)

Proof of Love – Catherine Hall (Fiction). Good book, I think, but wrong time to read this. No fault of the author and not the topic though. Just timing.

Moscow Stories – Loren Graham (non-fiction) – tried reading this, but the author had some very strange ideas about things so I put it down. (July 2012)

A classic of some description (probably fiction) – Read M.E. Braddon’s “Lady Audley’s Secret.” Read July 2012.

Anthology of short stories (whatever flings itself into my hands from my shelves) (fiction, obviously). Read July 2012.

Book on something Victorian-ish (whatever flings itself into my hands from my shelves) (non-fiction). Tried (I really did) with the Chicago brothel book, but boy. Boring. Sorry! August 2012.

Book on something medical-ish (perhaps Emperor of Maladies or book on Level 4 viruses at CDC) – whatever flings itself into my hands (non-fiction)

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (non-fiction)

Freebie choice (mainly bc I can’t remember what’s on the home bookshelves right now)…. Most likely something fiction-y to balance out all the non-fiction on this list! Ooh. How about this one:

The Country Diaries: A Year in the British Countryside – Alan Taylor (ed.) (non-fiction) – this is turning out to be best read a small piece at a time as opposed to churning through the pages. So more of an ongoing project, me thinks. Read August 2012.

So – I think that gives me quite a lot of latitude from which to choose and (BONUS) are all on the TBR shelves right now which means, that when I’ve read them, off the shelves they go… (Just in time for the big October Friends of the Library book sale in October… tee hee.)

3 thoughts on “Summer Reading List 2012

  1. I’ve only read two on your list. I read more non-fiction than fiction, so here’s my opinion for what it’s worth. Although, you didn’t ask. 🙂 I’d be interested to check back and see what you think. Like I said I read a lot of non-fiction. The Great Influenza is one of my favorite books, but the Emperor of all Maladies I only finished because it was a book club book. It wasn’t terrible, but snoooore.

    The other one that I read was Steve Jobs bio. Again it was a book club book. I probably wouldn’t have chosen it myself, but I’m glad I read it. It’s not in my “must be read again” pile, but Issacson is a great writer and Jobs was nothing if not interesting.

    Just my opinion of course, but I would be interested to know what you think if these happen to “fling themselves” into your hands 🙂

    • “Emperor…” is boring???… Waaah… Oh well. We will see. And Jobs not that great?.. Waah… i think I will still reading (one of the primary reasons being that I just absolutely “couldn’t wait” to have them and forked over hardcover prices)… Thanks for your reviews – you and I seem to have similar literary taste, so I will let you know whether I agree with your assessments that they are snoozefests or not.


      • About the Issacson book. He is a great writer and not boring. Part of my issue with that may be that I have lived through that time. I’m not much younger than Jobs was. So take it for what it’s worth. I do hope you enjoy them.

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