The Sunday Salon – May 23, 2010 (the “summer reading list” edition)

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Sandy posted her planned reading list for the summer, and it added to the excitement I’m already feeling about our upcoming summer break from homeschooling. We have two and a half weeks of school left, and then we are off for the summer – and the break couldn’t come soon enough. We are all ready for some days spent at the park and pool – the kids playing while I start planning for next year and read, read, read. I have so many books I want to read this summer – some to clear up previous review commitments, a few for buddy reads or round table discussions, and many I’ve purchased but haven’t yet found time to read.

To review:

Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton
The Lacemakers of Glenmarra by Heather Barbieri
The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris
Lord of the Rams by Ronan Smith
Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
Lost Letter by Neil Mulligan
The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
Heresy by S.J. Parris
Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show by Frank Delaney
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
Get Lucky by Katherine Center
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
White Cat by Holly Black
Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

For buddy reads or round table discussions:

Forever by Pete Hamill
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Godric by Frederick Beuchner

My own (and a couple borrowed) books I’m dying to get to:

Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
While I Live by John Marsden
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Soulless by Gail Carriger
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orriger
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by D.C. Pierson
Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas
Embrace Me by Lisa Samson
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
The Local News by Miriam Gershow

Between church and heading to Michelle’s house this evening to watch the LOST finale, I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for reading today. If I do find time to pick up a book, I’ll be dipping into One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell.

What about you – will you be watching LOST tonight? Reading anything good today?

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21 Responses to The Sunday Salon – May 23, 2010 (the “summer reading list” edition)

  1. Harvee says:

    Great set of books. I’m planning to read Girl in Translation.Hope you enjoy it too. Happy reading! Harvee
    My Sunday Salon
    .-= Harvee´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Four Reviews, Four Genres =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Harvee – I think a lot of us will be reading Girl in Translation this summer.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Holy cow girl. That is a SERIOUS list! An eviable one too. There is so much good stuff on there, I wouldn’t know where to begin! I just loaded Venetia Kelly on my iPod, so I may get to that one this summer. Maybe. Because here is the deal. Once I receive The Girl That Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and The Passage on audio, everything else is getting pushed aside.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: From Sarasota with love =-.

  3. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    I think Patrick Ness’s The Ask and the Answer is the only book I’ve read on that list; but I do highly recommend it! As for Lost, I’m like 10 episodes behind right now, so I’m just praying that I can make it to NYC and back without hearing anything about the show; then I’ll spend the next week plowing through my DVR’ed copies of the show. Enjoy the finale!
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Bring on the Fun =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – good luck on missing out on any spoilers! And I plan to read Ask and Answer very soon.

  4. I’ve never seen Lost, so I won’t start watching it now. I don’t watch much TV, though.

  5. Ash says:

    I’m reading about five books right now but I’m really enjoying This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson. You have quite the summer reading list! I’m excited to dive into reading as well, going for a hike later today and then some reading while we’re at the park.
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Nonfiction Binge =-.

  6. It sounds like you are much deserving of your upcoming summer break, Carrie. I hope you enjoy it! I always love reading everyone’s summer reading plans. I can live vicariously through all of you who do get summers off. :-) While I’m completely and utterly jealous, I also know how hard you all work during the school year and how even the break isn’t really a break, not completely. But anytime you can fit in more reading, it is something to look forward to!

    Heresy & Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show are two I hope to get to. I actually will be reading Delaney’s book soon as I hope to get my review up of that one next month. I look forward to reading your thoughts on both of them when you get to them.

    Girl in Translation is one I bought a copy of recently and am looking forward to eventually reading.

    I hope you enjoy your week, Carrie! Hang in there. Just a couple more weeks to go. :-)
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..That Long Overdue Reading Day is Here! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Thanks, Wendy! I’m hoping to read the Delaney book soon,too – I’m feeling a bit guilty about how behind I am on my Library Thing Early Reviewers books. :)

  7. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    This is a great list! I have many of the same books on my list too that’s not part of our read-alongs. happy reading!
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Is it Summer Yet? =-.

  8. Robin of My Two Blessings
    Twitter: robnmccormack
    says:

    Great list of books. I envy you…we have 8 weeks left to go before we take our summer break. Happy Reading!
    .-= Robin of My Two Blessings´s last blog ..Happiness is…… =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Robin – hang in there – I hope the 8 weeks go by quickly for you!

  9. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK
    says:

    I’ll be interested to see what you think about The Wordy Shipmates, I read it after hearing Sarah Vowell give a talk about it. It’s a fascinating book, I love the way she writes, mixing in history and personal observances. I read it in November in honor of Thanksgiving, which this isn’t about, but the goal of Winthrop’s community was very similar to that of the pilgrims.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Garrison & Garrison Books – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kim- I have to admit after reading the beginning, I was worried that her obvious disdain for Christianity would be so prevalent that it would ruin the book for me, but as I continue on, I find that she’s more even-handed than I originally thought, and am enjoying it very much.

  10. Kathleen says:

    I really need to make a summer reading list but it seems I usually resist making any sort of plan. I DID watch LOST. I was sad to see it over after 6 years but felt satisfied with the ending. What did you think?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – I think I’m in the minority, but I really hated the ending. I liked the episode up until the last 20 minutes or so. Oh, well.

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