Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Other Hobby

I'm counting down the days for my week-long vacation to California! Home of redwoods, my amazing sister Jessy, and Lake Tahoe! Assuming I have wireless access I'll still be posting but in the meantime can any of out there in internet world suggest some summer reading? One of my favorite activities, aside from exploring NYC and dating of course, is tumbling into a book that I cannot pull myself out of for hours. Though I read a great deal, it's been awhile since I've fallen in love in the literary sense. So you have a taste, here are some of my all-time favorites for summer time:

The more "serious": The Sparrow,,  The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Bel Canto, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell, The Handmaid's Tale, The World According to Garp, The Virgin Suicides, Memories  of My Melancholy Whores, The Things they Carried.

The less serious (and I refuse to be ashamed for loving these!) : The Time Traveler's Wife, Summer Sisters,My Sister's Keeper, The Nanny Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada.

The books that "everyone" loved and I did not:

The Life of Pi, The God of Small Things, The Kite Runner.




  1. We share many of the same favorite novels :)

    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    The Egyptologist by Arthur Philips
    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
    A Widow for One Year by John Irving

    I could go on but by dint of sheer will, I have to stop myself.

  2. OK, i just checked my goodreads list and i have suggestions after all:

    On Love, Alain de botton (i adore him, not sure if you will but it's a quick read)
    Kissing the Virgin's Mouth (pretty sure you'll like this)
    Peony in Love, Lisa see
    The Red Tent (not sure about this, depends if you like historical rewrites but if you do it's really fun)
    The House of the Spirits (isabel allende)

  3. Have you read The Help, by Kathryn Stockett yet? It's so great!
    You would probably enjoy The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman. I had to read it this summer before starting nursing school, and it's so interesting. It's about a Hmong girl who has epilepsy. Her family immigrated from Laos to California, so it deals a lot w/ cultural differences in medicine. Very good!!

    Some of my other faves:

    Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks (she also wrote People of the Book, which I also liked, but not as well)
    Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen
    One Thousand White Women, by Jim Fergus
    Paint it Black, by Janet Fitch (a bit of a downer, but I think you'd like it)