Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Project: B.S.E. The Reading List

Okay, so part of my Project: Best.Summer.Ever. is a personal goal to read all of the books on my bookshelf that I haven't read yet.  I'm a fast reader, so with no professor telling me what to read I should be able to plow through these in the next three months, no problem. Except that I'm also a fickle reader--I read the way I eat, based on what feels good at the moment. None of these books has compelled me to make time to read them yet, so reading these books might be the literary equivalent of eating my vegetables.

Because a blog is good for nothing if not oversharing, here's my Summer Reading List.

Fiction:
The Swan Thieves - Elizabeth Kostova (borrowed from Luisa two years ago, maybe.)
Beyonders: Book Two - Brandon Mull
Crossed - Ally Condie
Where Nothing Was Long Ago - Virginia Sorenson
Night Soil - Levi Peterson
Big Trouble - Dave Barry
Before You Know Kindness - Chris Bohjalian
Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
The BFG - Roald Dahl
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
This is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper
These is My Words - Nancy Turner

Non-Fiction:
The Digital Diet - Daniel Sieberg
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
Pledged - Alexandra Robbins
The Tiger - John Vaillant
Twinkie, Deconstructed - Steve Ettlinger (This I've only borrowed for a year, maybe)

Travel:
Lost On Planet China - J. Maarten Troost
Turn Left At The Trojan Horse - Brad Herzog
The Ridiculous Race -

Memoirs:
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Anne Fadiman
Same Kind of Different As Me - Ron Hall
The Color of Water - James McBride
If I Die In A Combat Zone - Tim O'Brien
52 Loaves - William Alexander
Denial - Jessica Stern
I Feel Bad About My Neck - Nora Ephron
Science Fair Season - Judy Dutton
The Tender Bar - J.R. Moehringer
Girl Meets God - Lauren Winner


Have you read any of these books? Any that you'd recommend starting with? (Or, conversely, any that are so bad I should donate them to Savers and buy a new one to replace it with?)

5 comments:

Drake Steel said...

I love your reading list.
Your mother read a bit of Twinkie deconstructed and said that it started interesting but got very technical and boring.

I'm currently working my way through 19th wife. Wow, what a brain-burner. It offends me on just about every level, which means of course I can't stop listening to it!

Drake Steel said...

Oh, and I read "If I die in a combat zone." I loved it and went through a batch of Viet Nam related books because of it.

rachel said...

I like Malcolm Gladwell. I can't remember if I read tipping point, but his stuff is interesting. Did we discuss "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat?" That one is really interesting too. Maybe you read it already. I don't really have many suggestions though - I tend to get my reading list from you :)

Sarah said...

I couldn't finish the 2nd Beyonders book. It's just not that good, in my humble opinion.

Loved Crossed!

We own Tipping Point-- never read it. Let me know what it's like.

Don't tell my husband that you should actually read the books on your shelf. That would be weird. :o)

Sarah

Emily Simmons said...

I decided to start with "The Ridiculous Race" which is about two guys who make a bet on who can travel around the world without airplanes the fastest. It's funny. Plus I started it last year and got halfway through, so it's like a head start. I'll take any advantage I can get. :)

I liked the first Beyonders, I thought it was better than the first few Fablehavens. Although second books in trilogies are always a crapshoot.