Lots of magazines and websites put out summer reading lists. For whatever reason, summer is supposed to be a time when you read more, I don’t know. I’m not a seasonal reader. If anything I probably read a little more during the darker months because there is less other stuff going on. Maybe too many people making editorial decisions think that we all still take vacations in the summer and need something to read while lounging at the beach or sipping cocktails at the pool. I don’t think that’s the case for most of us, but we can dream, right?
Richard over at The Broken Bullhorn (and a fairly frequent commenter around these parts) put up a post detailing the list of books he expects to read over the summer. I figured I’d do the same, since just last weekend I tried to get my arms around the growing pile of books I still need to read, and organized them into a loose queue to pull from. If all goes as planned, this is what I should be able to knock out over the summer, provided a summer actually comes to Missoula this year.
- The Last Good Fight by Joe Layden (just started this, about 25% of the way through. It’s a NF book about the Mike Tyson/Buster Douglas fight on February 11th, 1990, as well as behind the scenes stuff about both of their careers and the events leading up to the historic fight. Pretty great so far.)
- Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth (novel about a guy who is the president’s vampire bodyguard or something. I don’t know, not something I’d normally pick up, but it comes highly recommended by Beau Smith, whose opinion I trust, so I figured I’d give it a read)
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (story collection based on nonfiction events from the author’s experiences in Viet Nam, I believe. Came up in conversation w/ Patti Abbott, who suggested I give it a read for the Forgotten Book Fridays thing I occasionally participate in)
- True Grit by Charles Portis (classic Western I’ve never read)
- The Raven’s Gift by Jon Turk (mentioned this in a post earlier this week; a nonfiction account of the author’s experiences with an old shaman in Siberia)
- A Bad Day for Sorry and A Bad Day for Pretty by Sophie Littlefield (the first two novels by Sophie, who has become one of my internet pals over the last few months. Sorry was/is up for all kinds of First Novel awards, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Pretty just came out a week ago. Wanted to get right on these, but forced myself to put a couple in front of them)
- The Lost City of Z by David Grann (nonfiction account of an Amazonian adventure expedition gone awry. I love stuff like this!)
- The Song is You and Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott (yes, for those who don’t know, she is the aforementioned Patti’s daughter. Julia loves her books, and I’ve loved the two I’ve already read. When people ask for book recommendations, I always mention Megan now!)
- Body by Harry Crews (one from my Powell’s Books haul, and the one Christa Faust recommended to me as a great place to start with Harry Crews. A black comedy set in the world of female bodybuilding)
- A Fighter’s Heart by Sam Sheridan (a nonfiction account from a guy who traveled the world learning different fighting techniques, as well as a look into the philosophies of why we fight. Or something like that)
- American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell (collection of stories about down-and-out folks in rural Michigan. Julia read it, liked it, and said I’ll probably like it too)
This list should get me through. I have a few other books (not to mention graphic novels) stacked alongside that I might add here and there as well, plus I know a new Gabriel Hunt book is coming out soon which I will definitely grab and read as soon as I’m able to, but for the most part this should be a plan I can stick to.
Or not, we’ll see.
I’m curious to know what other people are reading, or will be reading!