In May, I documented all the books I’d read in the first semester of 2011. Now that it’s the beginning of August, I thought I’d do the same thing for my “summer semester.” Total for the summer is 4,391 pages, which is probably a bit higher than normal, considering I made two trips Europe.
- Pickets & Dead Men by Bree Loewen (189 pages)
- My Mother She Killed Me My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate Bernheimer (479 pages, but only read about 200 pages)
- Just Kids by Patti Smith (320 pages)
- Sharpe’s Tiger by Bernard Cornwell (385 pages)
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (249 pages)
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (264 pages)
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (273 pages)
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (288 pages)
- In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (462 pages)
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (324 pages)
- Sharpe’s Triumph by Bernard Cronwell (291 pages)
- The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (478 pages)
- Sister by Rosamund Lupton (274 pages)
- Doc by Mary Doria Russell (394 pages)
Out of all the books on the list, I’d have to put The Art of Racing in the Rain and Sister at the top of the list. Both had a unique narrative perspective that added to already great stories. You should also consider reading The Hunger Games before the movie comes out next year. It is written at a teenage level, so adults will most likely find it a pretty easy-breezy, end-of-summer read.
The Hypnotist was probably the most overly hyped book on the list. Yes, it’s written by a Swede. And yes, it’s a fast paced thriller. I found the multiple story lines a bit disjointed, though.
Here’s what’s next on my reading list: