Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Reading Lists

Post by Jenny (Dylan is on vacation this week.)

Are you reading a good book or two yet this summer? If you need ideas, here is a baker's dozen of randomly selected titles from a few Summer Reading Lists circulating in cyberspace.  (Lazy blogger disclosure: for the most part, I know nothing about the books except their titles.) If you have a book to recommend, please leave a comment. Happy reading!

Pure, by Andrew Miller
Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
Gone Girl, by Gillian Miller
The Twenty-Year Death, by Ariel S. Winter
The Confession, by Charles Todd
A Partial History of Lost Causes, by Jennifer Dubois
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, by Jonathan Gottschall
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt
Shout Her Lovely Name, by Natalie Serber
Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Harper
Drowned, by Therese Bohman
The Orphan Master, by Jean Zimmerman
The Uninvited Guests, by Sadie Jones

Find these and more titles at NPR, Oprah, and Good Housekeeping.


Nathan Lowell said...

In as much as I'm much more into indie press than mainstream these days, here are some suggestions...

For some great light fantasy try anything by Debora Geary. The first book in her main series is A Modern Witch.

Need a little blood on your blade? David Dalglish has it. Try his Dance of Cloaks for some excellent gritty, story telling with a fantastical flair.

How about a little science fiction? Krista D. Ball's Road to Hell takes a classic trope and pushes it into the stars.

Or time travel? With Vampires? Try Monique Martin's Out of Time series.

Want something more historical than fantastical for your summer read? Try David Gaughran's A Storm Hits Valpariso. I haven't read this one myself, but the people who have say it's pretty good and David has a wry (and dark) sense of humor.

Like Legal? Melissa F. Miller's Sasha MacCandless series might be just the books you need to prosecute in the heat of the day.

How about action adventure? Michael Wallace's The Devil's Deep will take you out of the sweltering heat and into the chilling depths of intrigue.

All these books -- and too many more to mention -- are available as ebooks and you can grab a sample to see if it suits your fancy before you buy.

My point is that there are a lot of great reads that aren't on Oprah's radar and don't show up on Good Housekeeping's coffee tables. This summer, get off the beaten path and do a little exploration in the wide world of indie press. You might discover a few hidden gems along the way.

See you on the trail...

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Shout Her Lovely Name is on my list to read (such a great title.) The others I haven't heard of. Thanks so much for sharing these.

Jenny said...

Thanks for your recommendations, Nathan. They look like some good ones!

Ruth, I agree about that title. It's on my list, too.

Dean K Miller said...

After a flurry of fiction reads I've stumbled into reading slumber; trying this, trying that, not really finding anything that suits my desires.

got an eye out for Carlos Castanada's "The Two Rings of Power," the next in line, and about the only one missing from my book shelf.

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