I recall one story still so vivid in my mind. It was a novel about a boy who walked across Europe during World War ll to escape from the Nazis. I wish I knew the title of that book. It taught me more about the horror of World War II than any history lesson ever did.
By the time I was twelve or thirteen, I was reading adult novels like Gone With the Wind , Diary of Anne Frank, Rebecca, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird and so many others.
Later I discovered the pleasures of non-fiction and still later, poetry.
Summer presents the best excuse to find a cool spot and bury myself in a good yarn. When it's too hot to weed the garden or go hiking or biking, it's a perfect day for reading. All I need is a tall glass of herbal iced tea and a good book and I'm ready to be transported on a mini-vacation.
My current book list for this summer includes :
* The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
* In The Garden of Beasts: A Tale of Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson(currently reading)
* Wild Blood by Flannery O'Connor
* The Art Of Fielding by Chad Harbach
* The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
* The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
I also have a list of non-fiction books I'm working my way through for fun and perhaps to learn a little something. They include:
* In the Palm of Your Hand by Steve Kowit
* Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dilliard
* Urgings of the Heart by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon
I'm always looking for book recommendations. What have you read recently that you enjoyed? What are you planning to read this summer? Is the summer a time to read mindless fluff or to tackle something challenging? I've heard arguments for both. Leave suggestions in the comment section at the end of this post.
Take away - I'm planning a trip around the world this summer through the portals of my book shelves.