I awoke today with a small Ten on Tuesday crisis: Carole Knits, where I started getting prompts oh-so-long ago is taking a week off for an anniversary getaway (congrats to her!) and Roots and Rings, which I discovered only recently, has gotten out of the Ten on Tuesday business. So, as I did last time I found myself with no list to write, I turned to Google, which again did not fail me. I landed on Broke and Bookish, which does – as the blog title suggests – book-themed list prompts. Theirs are called “Top Ten on Tuesday” (extra alliterative goodness!) but I expect I’ll be forgiven for just sticking with my usual titling.
The prompt today – Books On My Summer To Be Read List – is a particularly easy one for me, as I spent some time on Sunday filling up my Kindle for my trip.
1. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – This is a bit of a cheat, as I am already almost halfway through it, but as it’s summer and it’s not complete, it still counts.
2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I like to read a book that’s in some way about the place that I’m visiting, and Amazon led me to this adaptation of a Russian fairy take set in 1920s Alaska, which seemed perfect for my upcoming trip.
3. The Submission by Amy Waldman – I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard about it on the NY Times Book Review podcast. It’s a novel about the controversy that ensues when a 9/11 memorial design created by an American Muslim is selected in a blind competition, but it draws much of its inspiration from the treatment of Maya Lin, the Asian American woman who designed the (then-controversial) Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
4. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – This is the “mostly true” memoir of a very funny blogger. The Amazon reviews recommend not reading it in public to avoid embarrassing outbursts of laughter, which sounds promising to me.
5. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg – I read a review of this earlier in the year and was intrigued to discover that my solo lifestyle may, in fact, be trendy. I know why I like living alone – it will be interesting to see what research says about it.
6. Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time by Claire Díaz-Ortiz – Yes, a work book. But who’s gonna have a beef with me wanting to change the world with my summer reading?
7. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff – This has been off and on my list ever since I got back from Egypt a couple of years ago, and I’d really like to get it into the “read” column.
8. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie – It feels just a bit wrong to have had this on my to-read pile (and yes, it’s actually in a pile, as it’s a book-book, not an ebook) when I was saying just yesterday that Rushdie is one of my favorite writers. I have no idea why this has been collecting dust for so long.
9. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin – If (or when, I should say) I finish A Clash of Kings, I naturally will need to be ready to move into the next book in the series.
10. The Inn at Lake Devine and/or The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman – I don’t actually know what either of these books are about, but I borrowed them from my friend Alison, who recommended them highly, ages ago, and I really need to get them back to her one of these days.
What’s on your list for this summer? And is there anything you think I should be reading?