I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991
Tis time to put out the annual summer reading list. School is out and my shelves overflow with a vast selection collected throughout the months of substitute teaching. Those of you who have followed my lists through the years know that seldom do I stay on my designated path. That I wander to the library or collect a few at book club. Or come across a good book store wherever I may be traveling and can't quite pass up the feel of a brand new book. Therefore, some of the books from one year end up on the list again the next.
However, I must report that last year was the first year I finished every single book on my list. Not necessarily by summer's end, but year's end. You can find that list here. Amazed myself - and I rarely do that. (Or use the word amaze.)
Onward to Summer 2013 ---
The Burgess Girls - Elizabeth Strout
Winter of the World - Ken Follet
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. - Nichole Bernier
Island Beneath the Sea - Isable Allende
Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Marla Semple
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Home - Toni Morrison
Home - Marilynn Robinson
Of Human Bondage - W Somerset Maugham
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver
Woods Burner - John Pipkin
The Electric Kook-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
Giants of the Earth - O.E. Rolvaag
The Passage - Justin Cronin
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
Okay, I am now completely overwhelmed.
What's on your summer reading list?