Summer Reading Part I

July 31, 2006

I am surprised by how little I have read so far this summer. But what I have lacked in quantity, I have made up for in quality. Well, not really but I have read some fun stuff:

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett – fantastic! This book is a must-read for mystery lovers. I love the movie and was amazed by how closely the movie followed the book. Reviewers of this book always comment on the dialogue, and I can see why -it was witty, fast-paced, and the expressions were fantastic. This book is a one of a kind. I will definitely read another of his books, The Thin Man, which is another favorite movie. I am also interested in reading Raymond Chandler who writes in a similar style.

Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll – fun! This is the second installment of Ms. Berdoll’s sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The book is written in a different tone (Ms. Austen being very proper and innocent while Ms. Berdoll incorporates a little more passion and heat), but the spirit of the characters is the same. I had some trouble getting into this book, but then started to enjoy it. I felt that the book was a little wordy which sometimes got in the way, but it was a fun read, not hard on the brain.

The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler – pure brain candy! After reading historical fiction, I was interested in a quick, easy read. I was amazed that the book was written in the 70′s because it reads like it was written yesterday. Dirk Pitt is a fun character – a man who can (and does) do everything. If you’re looking for a quick adventure, pick up a Dirk Pitt novel.

The book that I’m currently reading is:

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson – funny! This is a travel book about Australia. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction and I’m struggling with the lack of plot. But Mr. Bryson has great insights and observations and I am really enjoying his sense of humor. I’m about halfway through.

As you can see, my taste in books is varied. Hopefully one of these will spark your interest. Check back in a couple weeks for Summer Reading Part II. And check out Bill’s blog for his summer reading update.


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