Friday, July 21, 2006

looking for book fun

Despite the looming dissertation deadline, I am bound and determined to read a book for fun this summer (gasp!). My need to read for fun is evidenced by quick consumption of whatever magazines arrive in the mail. So help me out. All the books in the poll are things I haven't read (with one exception) but that have been lingering on my Amazon wish list.
What should I read for fun this summer?
Ya-Yas in Bloom
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water
His Dark Materials Trilogy
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars: Who Decides What Makes a Good Mother?
Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2
The Monkey Wrench Gang
Harry Potter 6 (for the second time)
Something else?

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Beth said...

Why read anything else for a 2nd time? There's just limited time in a lifespan and loads of literature waiting to be consumed. Get a new one!

ceresina said...

Omnivores? Mommy Dilemna? Nonononononono!!! Something lite, something fun, something -- dare I say it -- escapist.
I'm glad to see that my fellow readers are agreeing with me and elect His Dark Materials also.
(Don't you love the way I'm dictating to you? It's just because I knew about you before blogger highlighted you...)

MissPrism said...

Beth, I disagree - there's a special joy to rereading! I find that on a second reading I can take much more in, and because I'm not busy wondering what's going to happen in the plot, I can experience the book better on other levels - get to know the characters, or just enjoy the texture of the prose.

(I voted for His Dark Materials, which I'm looking forward to rereading!)

Sicilian said...

I think I'd like to read Mommy Wars so I voted you read it too.

sassinak said...

beth i love reading books twice, it's like visiting old friends.

uh travelling pants 2 made me cry (did i just say that out loud?)

otherwise something superescapist like 'chicks in chain mail' or something *grin*

sassinak said...

no wait i've got it!
you're a nerd (this book is really funny too) and a chick so... mathemagics by margaret ball

Peter Atwood said...

You might want to read Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Sean Carroll.

Anonymous said...

I'm reading: "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood" by Alexandra Fuller. Beautiful, funny and painful. Perfect :-).

SuperAmanda said...

I should have stayed with my Geology classes...

hypatia said...

I haven't actually read any of the books in your polls but I have been reading this summer. My list includes:
Kiterunner by Khalid ????
The HedgeHog, The Fox, and The Magister's Pox by Stephen Jay Gould. (philosophy of science)
The Time Traveler's Wife by ????
Plan B by Anne Lammont (short stories)
The Country in my Skull (memoir/about apartheid)

Saoirse said...

I voted for "Ya-yas in bloom" but I admit my reasons were purely selfish--I want to know if it is any good before I go buy it.

His Dark Materials is really amazing though.

I'd also recommend anything by Michael Cunningham.

Dorna said...

I know I know! two suggestions:

1. Iran Awakening (by Shirin Ebadi)

This is a very entertaining memoir by this Nobel peace prize winner persian lady. She is a badass lawyer in the Islamic republic and the way she always stands up for what she thinks is right, given all the risks involved is so inspiring. It also is very informative about how people live on the other side of the world.

2. "A Brief History of Time" by Steven Hawking.

Everybody must read this book. Might be a little outdated though, but if you are not in the theoretical physics field you should read this book. Very easy and fun to read too.

Liya J. said...

what is it like working on your PHD?

Dudu Knob said...

I have a few suggestions. You are working at natural sciences, and i ask your attention to this book:

"The Control of Candy Jones", by Donald Bain.

It's the most fantastic book i've ever read. You'll love it.

But if you want a good "writing" style, you have to read
A Serie of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket.

Well, there are my suggestions.
Oh, i almost forgot. Always read poetry. It's the most wonderful kind of demonstration of love in a writer. ;)


R2K said...

Something else: non fiction, historical, science and nature.

Clean Forest said...

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Reducer said...

How about something by Douglas Coupland? jPod just came out recently and it's a good read.

Heather the great said...

The Other Boleyn Girl

This book is a great distraction. I couldn't put it down.

Sleepy said...

Summer reading should not be non-fiction! (But I'll slip in a plug for Mariam P. since I "know" her). I started reading His Dark Materials two days ago for my book club and hate to put it down. Wonderful escapism. In fact, you are keeping me from reading it right now...

Emily said...

try kira-kira, by cynthia kadohata. it's the BEST EVER.

Bright Light District said...

How about reading The Rule of Four instead? A guy from wealthymen-dot-com suggested this to me, and I must say I didn't want to sleep at all because I wanted to finish the book! It's that addictive and compelling!

enchantedstarsmaiden said...

ur blog is quite interesting, but can u b a PhD n a wife? How well u cope with studies.whose wife are u anyway.They say men r deaf after marriage,hope this does not happen to u

jromer said...

his dark materials was banned by the vatican. anything banned by the vatican is a good thing to have around

jromer said...

i also would like to suggest The Time Traveller's Wife by by Audrey Niffenegger... and the End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Gynwer said...

Try Illium and Olympos by Dan Simmons. Especially the former is outstanding.