Summer Reading

Even though I've got a summer course to teach and a book to write, the thing that I'm really excited about is the possibility of summer reading. I don't get much reading done for pleasure during the term - maybe a book or two a month plus lighter fare like magazines and comics and such.

And since there was just a book sale here, plus a trip to the bookstore yesterday, I'm pretty well stocked up. The current list looks like this:
But that isn't really how I read. This is why book clubs are lost on me - because I can't read things for enjoyment on a deadline. I like to be able to pick up what I want and what suits me, and book clubs rarely pick things that match my mood. So we'll see whether I actually get through any of these or not.

But I'm curious, as always, about what other folks are reading, and what they'd recommend and why. And I do wonder who's read any of those and what your thoughts are. Should I juggle the order?

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ash said...

I read Black Swan Green last summer. Excellent. And a quick read, which might be just the thing in between Sacred Games and the Studs Terkel!

May 17, 2008 at 10:48 AM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Glad to hear Black Swan Green is good; I read a couple of his other novels awhile back and loved them. The Raw Shark Texts is moving along nicely so far.

May 17, 2008 at 7:18 PM
khora said...

I really enjoyed The Raw Shark Texts in that Derridean "nothing outside the (con)text" way. I love the force with which that texts moves. Raw, yes. Trippy, tipsy, terrible, too.

I read TRST right after I read Tom McCarthy's Remainder--a themed pairing around memory and the experience of memory lost. If you haven't read Remainder, I highly recommend it.

May 18, 2008 at 3:19 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I've been doing some things around memory loss - though it's still very ill-formed - so I'll definitely give Remainder a look!

May 18, 2008 at 5:14 PM