If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Summer Reading List

While enjoying our brief fling in our fun mountain city, b and I spent over an hour at their famous independent bookstore. I don't think I need to say how I crave a good bookstore. I stopped myself at 2 books (and one was from the 50% off sale shelf) but decided to write a list of what I wanted to buy. Book browsing also reminded me of fabulous books I own and would like to reread. So below is the beginning (in not-too-particular of an order) of my summer reading list. Any suggested additions would be most appreciated. Those marked [R] will be re-reads.
  1. Mercy - Toni Morrison
  2. The Worst Thing I've Ever Done - Ursula Hegi
  3. Housekeeping - Marianne Robinson
  4. Gilead [R] - Marianne Robinson
  5. Home - Marianne Robinson
  6. Moo [R] - Jane Smiley
  7. Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories- Katha Pollitt
  8. Middlemarch [R] - George Eliot
  9. Silas Marner [R] - George Eliot
  10. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship - Ann Patchett
  11. Autobiography of A Face - Lucy Grealy
  12. Orlando [R] - Virginia Woolf
  13. Mrs. Dalloway [R] - Virginia Woolf
  14. To The Lighthouse [R] - Virginia Woolf
  15. The Waves [R] - Virginia Woolf
  16. Briar Rose - Jane Yolen
  17. Sister Light, Sister Dark - Jane Yolen
  18. White Jenna - Jane Yolen
  19. The One Armed Queen - Jane Yolen
  20. The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper
  21. Beauty - Sheri S. Tepper
  22. Native Tongue - Suzette Haden Elgin
  23. Tales from Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin
  24. Always Coming Home* - Ursula K. LeGuin
  25. The Little Disturbances of Man - Grace Paley
  26. Enormous Changes At The Last Minute [R] - Grace Paley
*What I actually bought. I also bought Grace Paley's last book of poems: Fidelity but I don't include poetry on the summer reading list. Poetry should be an all-time thing. It did make me want to reread Paley's short stories, however.

Let's see your summer reading lists.


k8 said...

Looks like a fun list! I've tried to do this (create a reading list), but I always find myself deciding to read other things, instead. I am fickle. The one exception, of course, was the reading lists for my prelim exams. Those books absolutely had to be read by a certain date or I would have been in major trouble. ;-)

life_of_a_fool said...

I've been meaning to re-read Silas Marner for years. I read it in high school, I think, and hated it. But I liked Middlemarch a lot when I read it much later, so I wonder if I wouldn't hate it now. (though I now have virtually no memory of Middlemarch, so maybe I should re-read that too).

life_of_a_fool said...

um, right, so never mind. It was Ethan Frome that I hated and the House of Mirth that I loved, and I'm confusing George Eliot and Edith Wharton.

On the up side, I don't really need new books, since my memory of one's I've read is so bad that I can just reread everything as if it were new. ..

Brigindo said...

LOF- that's funny. While I was coming up with the list I remembered reading The Clergyman's Daughter as a youngun' and could have sworn it was George Eliot, only to find out it was George Orwell.

drax said...

Is there something of a George Eliot revival going on, or is she just a perennial fave? Anyway, My List, at the moment:

Last Days by Brian Evanson

The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliot (synchronicity!)

Vermillion Sands by JG Ballard... who passed away yesterday.

Julie said...

I like your list! I'm writing these down. I especially like Grace Paley and Toni Morrison, but the others are also great reads.