Summer Reading List 2011

Beach Reading

I’ve been spending a lot of time in bookstores recently. As the stress of my job compounds, I’ve needed more time off the grid to connect with myself and focus on the simpler things in life. Regrettably, I’ve fallen out of the habit of reading for leisure over the past few years but I’ve decided that my summertime sabbatical would be the perfect time to re-connect with my inner bookworm. Here’s my current list of books to read, comprised of new books and books that I’ve purchased recently but never read:

  • Casa de los Espiritus, Isabel Allende
  • Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
  • My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Handler I read the first twenty pages and returned it, disappointed. I read Are You There, Vodka? last summer and unfortunately this one is no where near as hysterical. It’s still remarkably well-written but it’s not laugh out loud funny.
  • Get A Life That Doesn’t Suck, Michelle DeAngelis
  • This I Believe, Jay Allison & Dan Gediman
  • Swine Not?, Jimmy Buffet
  • Nothing’s Sacred, Lewis Black

I also am a dedicated John Nance aficionado; his wonderful aviation thriller novels are supremely well-written and keep me on the edge of my seat. Honestly, I know nothing about aviation or transportation but I picked up one of them in a used bookstore several years ago and have since read most of his fiction books. I’ve read all of the following books before but I enjoy them so much that I usually re-read them all every summer:

  • Medusa’s Child, John Nance
  • Blackout, John Nance
  • Phoenix Rising, John Nance
  • Headwind, John Nance

I essay to finish all of the books on this list (and hopefully several more) by the end of the summer. We shall see how this ambition unfolds…

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