Posted on | July 15, 2010 | 35 Comments
So, I’ve been blogging rather sporadically of late; all I can offer as a reason is that I’ve been busy and London was in the sweaty grips of a heatwave (the operative word being “was”). Pedicures and Pimm’s have been more appealing than posting, to be honest, but I do miss conversing about all things bookish. Anyway, I’ve been remiss in replying to comments and reciprocating but I shall try to catch up. First of all, though, I am off home to Glasgow for an extended visit. I’ll be mainly spending quality time with my boyfriend, family and friends but I do plan on some essential reading time (hopefully in the garden with a little bit of sun … a girl can dream, right?) Above are the books that I’ll be taking home with me this weekend.
Couples by John Updike is my choice for the next meeting of the Riverside Readers. It’s a book I’ve had and been wanting to read since last summer and there’s something about a New England settingthat seems summery to me; I can easily see myself reading this with a cocktail in hand waiting for the BBQ to heat up. I suspect that it’s also going to complementary the choice I made for my other book group, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood is a book I have been wanting to read for around thirteen years (seriously, I remember wanting to borrow it from my school library and the librarian refusing; apparently the book wasn’t “appropriate” for me even though my English teachers were giving me copies of Sons of Lovers and Lolita to read at the time. Hmph). Anyway, I should really have read it by now and have been requiring more Atwood in my life recently so the long overdue opportunity presents itself.
The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle is another one I’ve been meaning to read for some time, especially after I enjoyed Drop City so much. Kim of Reading Matters reminded me of my desire to read it and describing it as a meaty summer read with lots to chew over sealed the deal!
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson was a gift from my sister-in-law who always chooses and recommends the best books to me. Living in Canada she has introduced me to several Canadian authors (Ann-Marie MacDonald, Camilla Gibb) that may have passed me by otherwise and Mary Lawson will be another. I’ve had this on my TBR since last year saving it for the perfect reading opportunity.
Looking for Alaska by John Green is a very recent acquisition and one I couldn’t resist adding to my holiday pile; after enjoying Paper Towns so much I relished the idea of immediately acquainting myself with more of Green’s work.
Mariana by Monica Dickens made it into my final selection because what summer is complete without a Persephone book, preferably of the lighter persuasion? It was between this and Miss Buncle’s Book but the cover alone of my Classic edition evokes summer to me.
A library book or two will also make it into my case but these are the books that I am itching to read whilst I relax at home. Although there a couple of lighter, absorbing reads, the bulk are books I’ll be able to sink my teeth into. Recently I’ve been reading quickly (and somewhat obsessively but more about that in another post) and I am craving longer books that I can lose myself in and some of the books I have selected should provide exactly that.
I have a major backlog of reviews so some are scheduled for when I am away and I will endeavour to be on top of things once I return at the end of July.
In the meantime, have you read any of these and what holiday reading do you have planned, if any?