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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Today we have ten books on my summer reading list, which is an interesting one given that Grant and I have been going through all the boxes full of books in the basement, the idea being to give away as many as we can bear to part with. He is being ruthless. I would like to be ruthless, but I have a hard time with books. Besides, there are things in there that I haven't seen in twenty years and always meant to read, but then forgot about. I also have a number of books that I acquired with every intention of reading them for my book group. Fortunately I can bluff my way through (see what a college education will do for you?), but I never try, because much, nay, most book-group conversation is about the neighbors rather than the book.

Thus my list is partly things you've never heard of before or long ago forgot about, and partly from fairly recent bestseller lists. I doubt if I will get to all of these, especially #10, but it's good to aim high.

Ten Books on My Summer Reading List
  1. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  2. Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
  3. Stieg Larssen, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Dan Brown, The DaVinci Code
  5. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (in the original French, that being what I own)
  6. Rex Stout, The League of Frightened Men
  7. S.I. Hayakawa, Language in Thought and Action
  8. Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
  9. Dorothy Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
  10. Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
A nice eclectic list, don't you think?


  • Lessee, I read Power of Myth in college 40 years ago, and Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club again about four years ago. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is on sale at Costco. I'll give it a try.

    I am impressed by how HEAVY your reading list is. Nothing frivolous?

    And where does my manuscript fit into all this serious reading?

    By Blogger Roxie, at 9:01 AM  

  • More books to add to my queue. Your list is quite eclectic.

    By Blogger margene, at 10:35 AM  

  • love that list - if you read them in that order,you're going to have several moments of literary whiplash.

    I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it's incredible. Very intense, I'm taking a break before the next one.

    By Blogger Lene Andersen, at 12:27 PM  

  • I read all of Stieg Larssen's books... I happened to find #2 in hardcover at a yard sale as I was finishing #1, so got right into it. It felt like an interminable wait for #3. Is reading in French relaxing or work??

    By Blogger Lisa/knitnzu, at 8:36 AM  

  • Very eclectic. You will enjoy that. I liked Kite Runner. Mostly.

    By Anonymous Laurie, at 7:17 AM  

  • Am reading Dragon Tattoo, too; also - ha! - I have the other copy of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, as I'm sure only two or at most three copies were sold in the last 30 years or so.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude (in Spanish - I did manage to read it in English already)

    And well, way too much other stuff. Better get back to the reading I *have* to do. Le sigh.

    By Blogger Liz, at 1:05 AM  

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