Generally for summer reading you want something light like “Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James. If you loved “Pride and Prejudice,” you’ll enjoy revisiting with all your favorite characters while they sort out a murder at Pemberley. It’s fun and truly captures the feeling of Austin. My only complaint is that James feels the need to have “Pride” characters interact with Austin characters from other books.
Earlier in the summer, I tried to read “Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson.” We had seen part of the documentary of the book on TV but the book proved too academic to wade through. So I gave up.
I found a medium-ground by visiting classics that I should have read in high school or college but never did. (Not meaning they were assigned and didn’t read them, just meaning as an educated person I should have read them.)
By my bed right now:
“A Farewell to Arms” – I just finished
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“Old Man and the Sea” – I read this in Freshmen English in high school.
Also “Mockingjay” that I started but didn’t finish and “Prince William: The Man Who will be King.”
I also checked out some cookbooks from the library. I am loving “America’s Test Kitchen: Slow Cooker Revolution,” but I feel like it’s the wrong season for it. (I’m all about the grill right now.) I’ll have to re-check it out in fall. I also have been perusing “Giada at Home” and “Summer Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy with Family and Friends.”
We are also listening to the Harry Potter books on CD as I do housework.
So what are you working on this summer? Do you like to keep it light? Are there any classics you want to revisit, books you feel guilty about not reading previously?