A few days ago-- okay it was a few weeks ago-- a friend asked what I'd recommend for her to read. She had some surprising time on her hands and was looking for something wonderful. I promised I'd think about it, but I let her down. I never made that list.
Now the summer's halfway over. (Sorry, Sally!)
All I've been reading this summer so far is kids' books. Really good ones.
My friend has kids and she reads to them a lot. But that's not what she wanted.
So instead, I've been thinking about books I WISH I WERE READING. From what others have recommended to me.
And here goes:
1. Amy Tan's Saving Fish from Drowning
Another friend loved it. Here's a bit of what they say about it on Book Page:
... 2005 novel about an American group whose Asian excursion goes horribly, horribly wrong. Reading along as the travelers experience increasingly alarming misadventures will make any bumps in your own travel plans pale by comparison. ..Saving Fish from Drowning was a departure for Tan, and one that struck a discordant note for some of her fans, but I enjoyed every stop on this multicultural itinerary. —Lynn Green, Editor
2. Jennifer Egan: A Visit from the Goon Squad
Almost embarrassed to admit I have yet to read this. And it's even downloaded on my Kindle. Oh, dear.
3. Ann Pachett The State of Wonder
If I had to list a Top 10 Favorite Books of all Time, BEL CANTO would make the cut.
4. Geraldine Brook's Caleb's Crossing.
At least half my reading friends have said this is a terrific summer book.
5. The list is already overwhelming me just writing it, but I really think I'll like this. It reminds me of my own grandmother's daring and my husband's grandmother's Wyoming adventures.
Nothing Daunted, a new book by Dorothy Wickenden.
6. Come to think of it, I have started my summer reading.
I read Shanghai Girls on an airplane trip because Book Club diva Kathy Patrick interviewed Lisa See about the sequel and it sounded like a perfect summer book. And because it was on my shelf as I dashed out the door to the airport. I liked it enough to read the sequel now.
7. And I'm reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Because I needed a little eccentric in my summer, I also downloaded this one to my Kindle. I'm actually enjoying it, in a weird and wacky way.
So I guess I can say I've officially tackled my Summer Reading list. And it's not even August yet.
Hope this helps, Sally and all my friends who've asked. I know it's late- but better July than December?
Anything that's an absolutely Not To Be Missed book that I've overlooked?