Summer reading list

Since I think this list is almost completely bogus (barring the suggestion of The Sisters Brothers, which is actually on my To Read list), I’ve devised my own summer reading list. Here’s what I’ve got:

  1. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen – one of my GoodReads groups is reading this in June Replaced with Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell (see here for details)
  2. The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen – because who wouldn’t love to lead a simpler life?
  3. Lowcountry Bribe by C. Hope Clark – currently in progress, and I’ve been curious to read this book for a long time
  4. GraceLand by Chris Abani – it’s about a Nigerian Elvis impersonator
  5. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig – trendy, dark, Chuck Wendig
  6. Threats by Amelia Gray – former Austinite’s first novel, getting great reviews
  7. Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties by Marion Meade – the title says it all
  8. Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore – satire on French artists
  9. This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes – apocalyptic novel set in L.A.
  10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – a classic to round it all out, as I haven’t read nearly enough Dickens, plus his “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” line is ever-so-apropos in these trying economic times

What are you reading this summer?

5 Responses
  1. Wow, so happy to be on your summer list! Thanks!

    Hope Clark
    http://www.chopeclark.com
    Lowcountry Bribe, Bell Bridge Books

  2. You’re right up there with Charles Dickens, Hope! I’m enjoying your book so far. I can see how you’ve used some of your real-life experiences working for the government in this book, too, which makes it more interesting for me as a long-time FundsForWriters reader. :)

    • Reality makes fiction so much more real. Remembering moments, feelings, emotional ups and downs can aid you in developing a character. So much so that people at my presentations are always asking how much of the story is real. That’s quite the compliment. I really appreciate it.

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