Thursday, August 10, 2006

Summer Reading

I haven't found any terrific books this summer, unlike last year with the new Harry Potter book and "The Historian". I'm even thinking about re-reading "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" but that might be a book that isn't as good as the second time as the first. Oh well. I did enjoy "The Eight" by Katherine Neville, which was a nice, intellectual break during my "DaVinci Code Wannabe" a thon.

I just finished a book called "The Abortionist's Daughter" that I really liked. It was very much in the style of Chris Bohjalian, another writer who takes on serious topics from a 'this is what happens to an individual' point of view. Part murder mystery and part study of a daughter and her parents, it really sucked me in.

I also enjoyed two non-fiction books, but these might not be to everyone's taste. First was a book called "Hard Sell", which was written by a former prescription drug salesman of what it is like to be, well, a drug salesman. Since my academic research addresses drug advertising, it was interesting to read more about that side of the industry. Second was a book called "Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be", which is a memoir by Jen Trynin, who was/is an 'indie' recording artist who was 'wooed' by a number of record companies in the mid-90s and was destined to be the 'next big alternative rock chick'. It's her story of a very crazy year, and as you probably haven't heard of her you might imagine how it ends. I think Alanis Morrisette ended up being 'the next big...' of that year.

So, I'm still looking for good books if you have any thoughts!

5 comments:

Alyssa said...

I'm reading Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell right now and really enjoying it. I highly recommend Shadows of the Wind by Zafon and I've heard great things about The Prestige (it's going to be a movie soon). Also, anything by Reverte-Perez.

Stephanie said...

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

Those are two goodies I read recently.

Anonymous said...

How is Jonathon Strange? I have been interested in reading it but never picked it up. I plan to do a bit of book shopping on my trip, so I am looking for rec's.

sheep#100 said...

Take a peek at the left sidebar of my blog - I list all of the books read in the year to date. Maybe you'll find a little fun summer reading there.

Ling said...

Sorry no help on the reading front - I barely have time to knit and occassionally read a bit of a newspaper.

Love how Lady E is looking!! Mine will be in shade 217 - purpley, green and red. I haven't started it yet as I drowning in WIPs at the moment!!!