Thursday, July 28, 2011
Acks, this summer has been so busy that I've really fallen down on my book recommendation posts. So here is a belated list of some great, extra-long-for-the-beach, not-too-meaty-but-certainly-not-frivolous summer reads:
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)--a big fat Victorian mystery novel that you could devour in a matter of days or read bits at a time for a month. It's a great book for readers who love a compelling plot, but need something 100 IQ points smarter than the vampires who shalt not be named.
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)--this seems like an obvious/easy recommendation for many reasons, but it's a wonderful, complicated, political, heart-wrenching book. I've read it several times but most recently, I had forgotten how quickly it takes you in and I read all 600-plus pages in a single day, unable to wrench myself from away.
The Emperor's Children (Claire Messud)--a novel on the light side, but there are some funny moments and fairly snappy writing throughout. It's an easy read and though it's self-indulgent at times, the moments of humor make up for it (at least for me).
Have you read anything good lately? I also just checked out The History of Love from the public library, because I'd read a few good reviews of it, but the jury is still out. Have you read it?
P.S. The Man Booker Prize longlist was announced on Tuesday; it's one of my favorite places to poach great contemporary reading recommendations.
P.P.S. Where do you go for book reviews? I used to read The New York Times but then I read a scathing review of Ian McEwan's beautifully-written On Chesil Beach followed by a glowing review of the sack-of-crap novel Commencement, so I've all but given up on its judgments.
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