Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Summer Reading

I'm back in the swing of things, now that the school year is winding down. I'm not so bone tired at night that I fall asleep after 2 pages of the current book; I don't have to devote time to reading books that I'm teaching for various classes; and, occasionally, I just read a chapter or two during the day, just because I can.

Right now I'm reading (and enjoying) Adriana Trigiani's Queen of the Big Time, and I have a few books in the physical stack next to my bed to read: New Stories from the South 2009, Arctic Homestead, The Kid Who Climbed Everest, and a book written by a friend. I also have somewhere between 150-200 books on my Ever-Growing TBR list and a bad habit of picking up books at the library that aren't even on my list.

I regularly read the book bloggers that I follow as well as Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books to pick up new titles, and I am just getting back to more thoroughly reading the Sunday Salon posts. Book bloggers are simply amazing; I love adding new titles to my list, and, well, reading them. Here's a list of books I've added recently to my TBR list:

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as told by Jody M. Roy, Ph.D. (reviewed at Musings of a Bookish Kitty)
Bloodroot by Amy Greene (reviewed at New Dork Review)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (reviewed everywhere I turn!)
Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian (Reviewed at In the Pages)
Some Girls by Jillian Lauren (reviewed by Book Club Classics)
South of Broad by Pat Conroy (reviewed at Books and Cooks)
Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas

I'm looking forward to a long summer of luxurious reading!


Book Dilettante said...

I have heard good tings about South of Broad. Hope you enjoy the books. Here's my Sunday Salon

Lisa said...

One of my friends is a teacher and a mother and she always looks forward to summer break so she can read for pleasure. I have not read any of Adriana Trigiani's books though everyone seems to love them. Thanks so much for including a link to my review of South of Broad. It is my favorite so far this year.

GaryPaulson said...

I am about to finish South of Broad as an audiobook. It has been very interesting to see kids from half a dozen disfunctiomal homes come together in their final year of high school.

Aarti said...

I love the way book bloggers notify me of new books to read, too! I just read a great non-fiction title, The Eyes of Willie McGee, and highly recommend it! I also enjoyed The Help, though now I don't know if I love it in retrospect as much as I did when I first read it. Strange how that can happen sometimes.

bibliophiliac said...

I'm also a teacher, and I have to say that one delicious thing about summer is time and freedom to read. Also, I lose some of my wrinkles!