January 31, 2014 In life

Summer Reads

Only about six months late…

I admit it, I’ve had this post saved in my drafts for an embarrassingly long amount of time. “I’ll publish my summer reads when I have the time and mental energy to write a paragraph about each.” Yeah, see how that turned out? It’s JANUARY. Instead, here’s my recap. I discovered Bill Bryson on a whim and laughed my way through his first book. Following the final page, I opened up Amazon.com and ordered four more of his books. I read them all that month. All, all, all so hilarious. My favourite is easily “Thunderbolt Kid.” Kent Haruf’s book “The Tie That Binds” I purchased after finding “Plainsong” at Costco and loving it. Usually if an author wrote one book I liked, I’ll like the others. I wasn’t disappointed. Very unique character writing. I like him. “The Age of Hope” I borrowed from my aunt Lyla and read in one day while travelling to Tofino for a wedding in August. (Waiting to drive on the ferry, on the ferry, and half of the drive to Tofino – Taliah drove. Thanks Taliah.) It was the best. I LOVE finishing a book in a day. Finally, “We Were the Mulvaneys” – a long read, a dramatic read (Joyce Carol Oates is always a little dark) but if you have patience to get through the 500 pages… I always find books relaxing.

1. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
2. Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
3. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
4. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
5. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson
6. The Tie That Binds by Kent Haruf
7. The Age of Hope by David Bergen
8. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

HAPPY FRIDAY!