Day 284: Make a summer reading list

June 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

Summer is upon us.

Or so it finally seems, after the grueling winter Chicago chose to showcase for our only year here. And that means it’s time to lay out on the bountiful (and humid) beaches of Lake Michigan and break into a book. Unfortunately, I only have a week of vacation until summer quarter begins, but an hour-long train commute each day will still leave ample time for reading.

I’m typically too disorganized to make an actual reading list, and just end up juggling three books at once, making slow progress in each. So I decided to use the Novice du Jour as an opportunity to get organized. Here are my picks (Full synopses and reviews can be found at the embedded Amazon links):


  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • Narrated by Death himself, this novel is about a young orphan girl in Nazi germany who rescues banned books from being burned. You can’t help but dig the Kurt Vonnegut-esque style.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

  • After finishing the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series last fall, I figured it was about time to dive into some more Norwegian lit. The story: After the season’s first day of snow, a little boy awakes to discover his mother has disappeared during the night. Outside is the calling card of a terrifying serial killer – a snowman. A hardened detective must find the killer before the case drives him to the brink of insanity. Commence goosebumps.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

  • The supernatural meets creepy vintage photos of children. This video says it all: 


Bossypants by Tina Fey

  • Who can resist Tina Fey? She’s my hero, whether it’s as head writer for SNL or as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock. Can’t wait to dive into her memoir.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

  • An electric combination: Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White City (one of my favorites), and the Second World War. I’m there.
Please leave a comment if either A) You’ve read one of these and can give a review, or B) Have read something good that I should look into. Otherwise, I suggest you get started on your own lists. Happy readings.


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