Summer Reading

With the new warm weather, and 70+ degree temperatures, I’ve been thinking about Summer Reading.  Though April’s a little premature for summer, we’re going to add a Summer Reading Category to Snell Snippets.  Bloggers can add their favorite summer reading picks.  (Or bemoan summer reading assignments-The Odyssey is one that I’d put in that category!) I like mysteries in general, and particularly classic, 19th century ones in the summer. In the past that’s included books like The Woman in White. This summer, I’m looking forward to reading The Mysteries of Udolpho and possibly Armadale.  I also like the kind of beach reading that you can read in a day.  One of my best friends keeps up a steady diet of Trollope and Eliot throughout the summer, but I’m not that disciplined!  What are your favorite summer reads? I also think that some authors and books lend themselves particularly well to summer.  F. Scott Fitzgerald springs to mind – I brought Tender is the Night with me to the French Riviera, but I don’t think the synergy was quite what I hoped for.  I’d also be interested in starting a book club, if people were interested in reading any of the same books over the summer.

4 thoughts on “Summer Reading”

  1. Awww, I like The Odyssey! 🙂

    I read these before the summer, but they’d be good summer reads:

    The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig (I believe it’s the 4th in a series of historical romances.) The author is also a lawyer (graduated from Harvard Law) – I can’t imagine writing novels while working as a lawyer, yikes. For a month or so of summer reading, locate the earlier novels in the series and read those first.

    Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. This one also has threads in both the past and present, following the style of at least one other novel the author has written (Labyrinth). But this style of past/present is a bit different than the method used by Willig.

    I just picked up something by Andre Norton from the Rec Reading section, it’s a bit dated (science fiction), but still a very good read. Uhmm, the title escapes me at the moment, perhaps Star Flight, or something like that. Should be turning this one back in tomorrow.

    And I’ve just started another one from Rec Reading, by Ben Bova. Green Trap, I think it’s called. So far, so good, but I’m only about 30 pages in.

  2. When I was little, my dad would tell me stories from The Odyssey and I actually liked it then (or at least that version of it) too! I think it might just have been a high school thing, and I should certainly try reading it again in the future.

  3. I checked out both Udolpho and Armadale from the Library, but haven’t gotten to them yet. I’m still reading Tristram Shandy, but I received An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear for my birthday and am hoping to start it this weekend!

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