Each Tuesday, the book blog “The Broke and the Bookish” hosts a “Top Ten Tuesday” meme. Hundreds of fellow book bloggers participate. It’s a great way to discover and connect with new blogs and bloggers. This week’s topic: “Top Ten Books at the Top of My Summer To Be Read List.” Here are mine, not in any particular order:
1. The Windup Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
I count Murakami as one of the great “discoveries” resulting from my joining the book blogging community over three years ago. I’ve wholly enjoyed everything I’ve read by him thus far. This is one of his most acclaimed books. I just bought it and can’t wait to get started.
2. St. Patrick’s Batallion by James Alexander Thom
This will be my second Thom read of the year, after finishing the wonderful “Panther in the Sky” (fictional biography of Tecumseh) in January. I was already aware of this title (published in 2006) but became further intrigued a couple Fridays ago when the author was at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, which had a “birthday party” for him and his wife Dark Rain Thom. The book covers a little known story from the Mexican American War.
3. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Recommended by many, set in the American Southwest, and by another new favorite author. How could I go wrong with this one?
4. Driving Alone: A Love Story by Kevin Lynn Helmick
Not generally well-known, but I read about this one in the New York times book pages. Sounded really good. More of a novella at just over 100 pages, it only has 12 reviews so far on Goodreads…
5. The Daylight War by Peter Brett
I wrote about Peter Brett’s “Demon Cycle” books quite awhile back. Not my normal genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first two, as have many of my reading friends. Shout out to the Borough of Books blog too, where I first learned of them.
6. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Long on my list, I finally obtained a copy this year. Tonight at the last meeting of the season of my Great Books Foundation reading group, I’ll propose this as a candidate for our summer novel to read before the next meeting in September. I’ll still read it either way…
7. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Heard of this book through a coworker, Jeri, and have since seen it mentioned on many other book blogs. An intriguing premise with the 2011 Tsunami as a backdrop, it sounds irresistible.
8. Who Owns the Future? by John Lanier
This non-fiction book will likely be one that causes me to lose some sleep. About the digital revolution and its consequences, it’s another one I first heard about via The New York Times.
9. The Brotherhood of the Grape by John Fante
A friend has been nudging at me to read this for awhile now, even gifting me his second-hand copy. This summer will be the time I get it read.
10. In The Devil’s Territory by Kyle Minor
This one will satisfy my short story sweet tooth. Highly acclaimed, I’m really looking forward to reading these. I learned of this book through the blog of The Missouri Review
11. The Shift Omnibus – Hugh Howey
Prequel to the self-published e-book blockbuster, “Wool” (which I read and thoroughly enjoyed earlier this year), this may be the one I’m most looking forward to. You better not disappoint me, Mr. Howey…
Sorry, I guess that’s eleven. I must have mis-counted in my prep work. I don’t want to bump any of these, though. Is it too nerdy to say that just coming up with this list makes me want to take the day off and start reading NOW? I hope not. I can’t do that anyway… <sigh>
What about YOU? What’s on your list? Will we be reading any of the same books this summer? Tell me all about it.