more summer reading
SUMMER is in full swing…well sort of.  In NYC we’ve been tackling the vicissitudes of torrential downpours on some days and hot, hazy, and humid weather on other days.  The weather has been as varied as the books on my summer reading list: controversial, classic, romantic, fantasy.  My reading list usually includes 6 categories.  However, I’ve added another category:  fantasy.  With my growing interest in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, I figured I should indulge more in fantasy/sci-fi books.

Here’s my summer reading list:

  1. Writing Inspiration: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  2. Controversial (books that faced banishment at one time or another): Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  3. Oldies, And Goodies (classic novels): Candide by Voltaire
  4. Dear Friend (usually a book that I’ve already read, but loved so much that I reread it): Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
  5. Something New (recently published book with/without buzzing reviews): Gone Girl
    by Gillian Flynn
  6. Pink Martini (novels that are romantic, yet complex): The Pretend Wife by Bridget Asher
  7. Fantasy/Sci-Fi: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (I’ll read this lengthy series last because it’ll keep me busy well past summer)

What’s on your summer reading list?

2011.06.19 - ListsJune 21st marks the first day of summer. Yup, that’s today.  But New York isn’t really feeling the summertime glow just yet — it’s cloudy and the forecast indicates rain.  Yet, that isn’t stopping me from pulling out my summertime reading list.  Every summer I initiate two traditions: “Rediscover and Read”.  The rediscovery part involves my love relationship with the city I grew up in.  New York is a phenomenal city with loads of history (So, I’ll take a trip to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan) as well as great museums and open spaces (I hear MoMa calling, a stroll through Central Park, and a serene visit to the Japanese Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden). But of all the things I love most about summer it’s reading a good book, which is the other part of my version of summertime R&R.  And here are my must-read, feel-good, thought-provoking, gasp-inducing, laugh-out-loud, and awe-inspiring summertime book selections.

Writing Inspiration: I’ve come across Stephen King’s On Writing many times while shopping at bookstores or reading blogs and articles on suggested books for writers.  And after seeing it suggested a couple of times, I think it’s time that I check it out for a bit of inspiration.

Controversial: Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is my drama-riddled book selection not only because of the content, but the historic events that ensued when the book was publishedthe book sparked riotous activities that led to injury and death.   And even as booksellers pulled his books off their shelves, Ayatullah Khomeini issued a $1 million bounty to assassinate Rushdie, which led the author to seek safety in England. I always heard the story, now I think I’d like to also read the book that triggered censorship and death threats.

Oldies, And Goodies: I wanted to revisit the world I entered in high school where the books fossilized an impression in my heart and mind of tension, unrequited love, anger, passion, wealth, secrets, and tragedy, which is why I’ve chosen Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Now as an adult I dare to be moved again by these great novels with all that I know, what I’ve come to love most, and the things I’ve lost.

Dear Friend: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison fits nicely into this category because it’s a powerfully moving story that always puts me in state of introspective work.  Especially when I find myself  starting to get sucked into a funk about the state of my writing aspirations.  That is when, I head to my stash of books my fingers skimming titles looking for that beat-up copy.  And after I read this book I’m always back to my upbeat self because of that little girl — again, I remember how much I want to help her to see what I see and recognize her worth.

Something New: I became intrigued by Three Percent, a website started four years ago to promote international literature.  I enjoy watching foreign films, so why not gain global insights into other cultures through books.  This is the first time I’ve made a conscious choice to read translated books, and I intend to incorporate foreign books into my reading list at least once a month.  After reading a few suggestions offered by David Kipen, and checking out the reviews on Three Percent’s website, I decided to go with My Two Worlds by Sergio Chejfec, which goes on sale in August (plenty of time for me to indulge in my other books).

Pink Martini: For the true romantic girly side of me I’ve selected Cecelia Ahern’s PS, I Love You.  I’ll need Kleenex for this one, definitely.

There are more good reads I’ll pick up along the way.  But I think this is a varied and interesting start to my summer reading.  What’s on your reading list this summer?