Monday, May 29, 2006

My reading list for this summer.

This is the first summer in three years that I haven't spent in Mexico. My aunt lives in a tiny seaside town in Jalisco, and I usually spend about a month with her, during which time I do nothing but read and swim.

And I do read a lot. I keep track. All three times, I've managed more books than days. I'm just that good.

This time, I'm going to Switzerland to take French classes in Neuchâtel. I'm psyched. But I won't have as much time to read. Still, I'll squeeze it in there. I'm already starting to compile a list of books for my vacation reading.

A Princess of Roumania just got added to my list after I stumbled across a mention of it in Outpost Mâvarin.

My friend Amanda gushed to me about the incredibly specialness of Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About. She even quoted bits to me. I'm taking that as a sign that it's good. It sounds a lot like Kicking Dogs by Collin Piprell, only set in England instead of Bangkok.

Kicking Dogs is a very, very funny novel and I highly recommend it.

I also want to read Belle De Jour: Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl. I can't find it here, and I think my chances are much better in Europe.

I have a copy of Perdido Street Station that I never finished reading. I definately have do do that. Every time I hear China Miéville's name it is accompanied by fangirlish squees of delight.

A few more Pratchetts. At this points I can honestly say that I've read most of the Discworld books, but there are a few I haven't quite got to yet.

I really need to read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I started it once, but didn't have time for it and gave up.

I do love slash, so I need some on my summer reading list. I'm planning on reading At Swim, Two Boys. It's all literary and stuff.

I'm also planning on going back to the young adult and children's books I used to love so much. I've gotten very behind on my Georgia Nicholson reading, and I stopped reading Series of Unfortunate Events after the Slippery Slope. I loved both series and I'd like to get caught up on them.

There are some others I've heard about and would like to read. Kiki Strike sounds incredibly fun, and Bookshelves of Doom gave it a very favorable review.

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator sounds interesting as well.

Of course, because I'm gone for two months, I can't take books out from the library. Time to go bargain-hunting on Amazon.

Suggestions are very much appreciated.


Blogger MichaelBains said...

Anything by Tom Robbins. Still Life with Woodpecker might be a good starting place, though, going to France, Villa Incognito could provide more conversation value.

bon voyage

3:17 AM  
Blogger Liz B said...

Great list! I have to say I am not so organized with my list...I'm just adding random things to my pile as I see them. Like until I read your entry, I totally forgot about Princess of Roumania. So I just added that.

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Blogger Kelly said...

Hey! Just found your blog. Welcome! I'll link to you soon.

I'd suggest Norrell and Strange as an audiobook. That's how I finally got through it and it was worth it!

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Blogger MotherReader said...

"Things my Girlfriend and I Have Argued About" is one of my favorite books ever! It is funny, funny, funny.

BTW, I also just found your blog. Would you be interested in playing the 48 Hour Book Challenge? It's posted on my site. Come on by.

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