It’s that time of year again – ready for Summer Reads 2017. It seemed to go straight from February to Memorial Day; time really moves more quickly the older you get. While I’ve been reading off and on this past winter (Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson which was really excellent, Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett which I hated, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which was amazing, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett which was ok), I never get as much reading done as during my Summer Reads project. It is a true hedonistic endeavor…I pick eight or so books to read from Memorial Day through Labor Day. I generally pick my books from Amazon.com recommendations, the New York Times Bestseller list and book reviews by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.
Anyhow, I believe I have set my list for Summer Reads 2017:
The Gustav Sonata: A Novel by by Rose Tremain
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Perfect Little World: A Novel by Kevin Wilson
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch
I started adding books to the list several months ago and don’t even really remember what all of them are about. I suspect I will slide in a nice easy beach read in the mix as well. You really have to have a book like that in the summer, don’t you? I have started the Kabat-Zinn and am reading a bit each morning before I start the day. I started the Saunders book on Memorial Day and it’s so unusual. What are you reading this summer?
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