Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Reading List

Reading is one of my favorite relaxing activities, and with summertime here I thought I'd share what's currently on deck.
Currently I'm reading "All the Queen's Men the World of Elizabeth I" by Peter Brimacombe. The Tudor period is my favorite and Q.E. I tops my list of most admired (I even named my first car after her.) The non-fiction work covers the important men who served, and were part of the Queen's council. Did you know that famed writer Christopher Marlowe was employed as a spy for the Queen? I know it's a little nerdy, and not a traditional summer read, but sometimes you need something to stimulate and activate the brain, and this is just the type of book to do that for me.

Next on my list is "Blonde Roots" which asks the question: what if history were reversed and white people were enslaved by blacks? It sounds like such an intriguing read and I can't wait to get started. You can read a review here.

Finally, "The Lost Symbol" by famed writer Dan Brown (author of awesome books "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons." I know nothing about the plot of this book, but I LOVED the other two books, so I can't imagine this won't be an exciting read.

So there you have it, the books I'll be reading over the next few month(s). What's on your list this summer?


Becky Mochaface said...

Blonde Roots does sound very intriguing. I'll have to add that to my to check out list.

Once I finish the piece of crap book I'm currently reading (it's for book club otherwise I would put it down now), I'm going to read Stieg Larsson's second book. And aside from other book club books (To Kill a Mockingbird and Every Last One) I may reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to get prepped for the movie.

Also contemplating trying Ayn Rand or War and Peace. I'm ready for a big challenge I think.

Krista said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Michele!

If you like the Tudor era, I am sure you have already read the Phillipa Gregory collection?? I am only mentioning it just in case you haven't. I really enjoyed them all, but my favorite is The Virgin Lover, which is also about Q.E.

Also, I definitely would add both of the Steig Larson books to your list - they were great!

Michele said...

Thanks Krista, I have read all of Phillippa's books. The Virgin Lover was one of my faves as well.

I've heard a lot recently about Stieg Larsson's books, but my library didn't have them. I'll have to get on the waitlist for those, but thanks for the recs!

Becky, I've thought about rereading the HP collection just because it was so good. If you want something challenging, but still fun, try "Vanity Fair" from William Makepeace Thackeray.