Summer Reading List 2011

If there’s an X, I have read it

  • Mary Shelley                       Frankenstein
  • Brendan Gill                        When the Money Stopped                                                      HI,CFI (Have it, can’t find it)
  • Charlotte Bronté         X      Jane Eyre
  • John Cheever               X      Stories
  • Dorothy Sayers            X     Gaudy Night
  • George Eliot                          Daniel Deronda
  • Dai Sijie                               Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress
  • Willa Cather                       Death Comes for the Archbishop
    CGII   (couldn’t get into it)
  • Virginia Woolf              X   Mrs. Dalloway
  • Larry McMurtry                 Lonesome Dove
  • Cervantes                             Don Quixote
  • Walker Percy                X    The Moviegoer
  • Helen Simonson          X    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Not on my list, but from Jun to present, I also read

  • Wilkie Collins                       The Moonstone (3rd time)
  • Jeannette Walls                    The Glass Castle
  • Kathryn Stockett                   The Help
  • Ken Kesey                               One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Mary Lawson                         The Other Side of the Bridge

Wish I knew what you were reading–      bye!

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7 Responses to Summer Reading List 2011

  1. Bay :) says:

    Hey! I loved Jane Eyre too!

  2. Hi – this blogging thing is something else! I can see that you are having fun and the blogs are attracting people with similar interests. I tried to log in as a guest but, as usual, I get the runaround with passwords etc. Maybe some day I will try again.
    I just finished “The other side of the bridge” and am just collecting my thoughts on it.

  3. Meegan says:

    I just finished Charles Finch’s Beautiful Blue Death, a Victorian mystery. It has a beautiful cover! And it has some good reviews. It’s pretty well plotted and he’s clearly worked hard to evoke the period, but I found the style a little halting, and I was distracted by minor anachronisms (that probably only a Victorianist like me would notice or care about). I do think I’ll eventually read the next book in the series, but with mixed feelings.

  4. You write a good review. It’s difficult to read a book and enjoy it
    thoroughly when you are waiting for the author to make a slip. Perhaps
    by the next in the series the author will write with a surer hand.

    • Upon reflection, it’s a good mystery. The issue was just that the blurbs and reviews I’d read made it sound like the book has an amazing ability to evoke the Victorian period. True, the author clearly worked hard to create atmosphere and context; probably the only reason I sometimes noticed a “jar” is because I study that period and spend most of my reading in that period. That’s probably an unfair standard to hold up for a mystery book. And as I said, I’ll look for the next in the series regardless.

  5. Ah, that is very fair of you to view it that way.
    It might interest you to know that today a friend recommended a very good
    mystery that takes place in Quebec City. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny.
    It got excellent reviews and is the fifth in a series. I plan to look into it a bit
    when I have a moment . . .

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