‘Tis the Season for Summer Reading Lists

09Jul10

Everybody’s doing ‘em. Here’s what I’ve observed.

The most buzzed about book is obviously Justin Cronin‘s The Passage. It certainly asks for a commitment. Not only does it weigh in at almost 800 pages, it is the first in a trilogy. But it seems to have it all: the apocalypse, vampires, the endorsement of everybody except God (maybe Him, too, but I haven’t checked in on His blog lately). And you know what? It actually looks like a pretty good read. I still might wait for the paperback. Speaking as someone who only just today acquired a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (borrowed from a friend), I am not one to jump on the trend bus.

Personally, I’m excited about The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, after reading this review in the NYT Book Review. This sounds like a novel I can get lost in, and I loved Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. At only 489 pages, it’s “light” reading.

Here is Flavorwire’s required summer reading list. With the exception of The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel (which sounds pretty interesting), I’d already picked up some buzz about all of these books. Of course, The Passage makes the list. Also Light Boxes, which I saw in the bookstore but did not buy — I have to admit, it’s a beautifully designed book.

The Millions provides a list of five apocalypses to get you through your summer, once you’ve finished The Passage. Two of the suggestions — The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway and Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steve Amsterdam — were new to me and sound particularly interesting.

Everybody from Oprah to Stephen King has recommendations for you. I haven’t actually looked through their lists because you have to load a new page for each recommendation and quite frankly, who has the time? I’m too busy reading.

What are you reading this summer?

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