Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Chatter: Summer Reading

Every year, I get so excited as May begins ... warmer weather, longer days, and the planning of my annual summer reading list! I have a weakness for hardcover books so I buy a lot of my summer reading selections from Amazon. Don't get me wrong -- I will support local booksellers whenever I can but the bargain basement Amazon prices help me get more books to last the entire summer. I cram all of my best reading into the summer months since I am so busy the rest of the year. (That is sort of a pathetic admission from an English teacher, isn't it?)

So far, I plan to read the titles pictured above. All are paperbacks that were passed along to me by readers who actually read books all year round. Thank you literary friends!

Since I'm off to a good start with my summer stack, I'm going to "splurge" on a few deeply discounted hardcovers from Amazon. Maybe this one? Or this one? Or one you suggest? Bonus points for a new "classic", in other words something that will be on the AP Literature Exam suggested list in about ten years.
Help! Please?


  1. I recommend "Saturday" by Ian McEwan. It is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time. I say it has a good chance of being on that AP Literature test in the future, but not in time for my son who has his tomorrow!

  2. I wholeheartedly endorse The Shack. Whether or not you endorse the ideology, the transformative experience is compelling. I personally embrace the idea that God reveals Godsself to me in a way that I am most able to be open and receptive.

  3. A must read for all of us and our kids...."The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley. Such a great story -- any Harry Potter fans will love it! I would also suggest the blog/podcast/FB page called "Books on the Nightstand" -- great for recommendations and like Jen's picture, don't we all have a stack of books on the nightstand?!

  4. I second "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" as well as the second one in the series- #3 is in the works. Flavia, the 11 year old main character is so cute and the humor is wonderful. And did I mention that they are mysteries as well- love them both!!



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