Summer Reading

Here’s what I read over the summer.  It’s been a while since I had a chance to actually sit down and read.  But now that my kid is getting bigger, I really enjoyed reading a book that wasn’t about breast-feeding or toddler-raising.

I’m only going to write about the books that I like, just to keep it on the up and up.  I don’t love everything, so if it makes this blog, it means it’s awesome (in my book, anyway).

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

I can’t believe I’ve never read Graham Greene before, but there you have it.   Even though it was published in 1951, it reads completely fresh and modern.  The writing is that good.  Loved the juicy affair tidbits.  The heavy-duty Catholic guilt stuff, not as much.  (And I’m Catholic.)  Can honestly say, didn’t see that one coming.  But it makes you love it even more, because what writer today would go there with the whole morality, belief and suffering?

The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan

My husband loves him some Ian McEwan.  Personally, I like the romantic parts best.  On Chesil Beach is my all-time Ian McEwan fave.  But The Comfort of Strangers was way creepy and had some great sexy descriptions.  Who knew?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

I got curious about this after reading his latest short story in The New Yorker (Was that awesome or what?!  Best short story I’ve read in The New Yorker in ages.  Made me want to run around the house, it was that good.)  I wondered how an award-winning poet, short story writer and novelist would tackle YA and all I can say is, Wow.  That was fantastic.


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