what are bloggers reading this summer?

The annual summer deluge of ‘What to read on the beach’ feature articles have started cropping up (such as - here, here and here). Now it’s the bloggers’ turn to name their books of the summer:

Sinéad C got the ball rolling with Wordpress for Dummies, Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter in the Dark. Monscooch followed up with Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care and a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and a Jeff Lindsay book too - are these two the blogger favourites?

Rick has his nose in JRR Tolkein’s Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman (nice choice!), as well as some great others. Kevin, the smartest man in blogging, is reading the inexplicable Thom Gunn and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Meanwhile RP has Ray (Carver?), Johnny (Irving?), David (Eggers?) and Chuck (Palahniuk?) all on the back burner…

>> Is there a blogger beach recommendation for the summer?

Meanwhile over my side of the bed is a spring/summer reading collection that amasses to a total of 65 books (not including advance review copies for magazines and newspapers). I couldn’t quite fit all of the leaning tower in one picture so I had to get up on a chair to take the second shot…

Here goes:

Aidan Higgins - Langrishe go Down, Axel Munthe - The story of San Michele Brendan Behan - The Hostage, Brian Dillon - In the Dark Room, Chimnamanda Ngozci Adiche - Half of a yellow Sun, Chuck Palahniuk – Diary, Colin Thubron - Shadow of the Silk Road, Conor Kostick – Saga, David Almond - Heaven Eyes, David McWilliams - Pope’s Children, DH Lawrence - Love among the haystacks (and other stories), DH Lawrence - The Rainbow, Emile Zola - For a night of love, Eoin Colfer - Benny and Omar, Frank Cotrell Boyce – Cosmic, Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Yers of Solitude, GW Dahlquist - The Glass books of the Dream Eaters, Herodotus - The Histories, Irvine Welsh – Glue, Jack Kerouac - The Town and the City, Jean-Paul Sartre - What is Literature?, John Irving - Until I Find You, Kate Moss – Labyrinth, Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro - The Unconsoled, Keith Gray – Ostrich Boys, Kingsley Amis - Jake’s Thing, Kurt Vonnegut - Cats Cradle, Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain, Marcel Proust - Pleasures and Days, Marcus Zusack - The Book Thief, Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis, Mark Bennett - Joe Rat, Martin Amis – Money, Meg Rosoff – Just in Case, Meg Rosoff - What I Was, Michael Ondaatje - Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje - The English Patient, Michel Houellebecq - The possibility of an island, Oscar Wilde - Plays, Prose Writings and Poems, Pat McCabe - The Asylum, Roddy Doyle - Paula Spencer, Philip Reeve - Here Lies Arthur, Philip Reeve – Larklight, Richard Adams - Watership Down, Robert Muchamore - Mad Dogs, Robert Muchamore - The Fall, Robert Muchamore - The Sleepwalker, Ross O’Carroll Kelly - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress, Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner, Thomas Pynchon - The crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon – V, Tim Bowler - River Boy, Tim Bowler – Starseeker, Toni Morrison - Song of Solomon, Trudi Canavan - High Lord, Trudi Canavan - Magicians Guild, Trudi Canavan – Novice, Truman Capote - In Cold Blood, Umberto Eco - On Literature, Vladimir Nabokov - Pale Fire, Yann Martel - Life of Pi and Zadie Smith - On Beauty

Lucky it’s raining a lot this summer.

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  • emordino

    My book inbox is considerably larger. We’ve negotiated a generous system where I store roughly eight unread at a time on my shelves. Give or take three or so.

    Comment | July 10, 2008
  • emordino

    … that would work better if you didn’t make links so fiendishly camouflaged.

    Comment | July 10, 2008
  • Not so camouflage anymore. 8 is a respectable number. 65 (64 since this morning) is a result of eyes being bigger than er… book pile?

    Comment | July 10, 2008
  • Okay, my book pile doesn’t seem so big now! :)

    Comment | July 10, 2008
  • That’s officially the biggest book inbox of them all!

    Let me know how you get on with the Book Thief (if you ever get around to it! ) I’ve been wanting to pick that up for ages.

    Comment | July 10, 2008
  • @ Alexia …but mine is embarressing!

    @ Sinéad I will of course :) (should be there in a week or three, it’s a third of the way down)

    Comment | July 10, 2008
  • thegirlwhosafraidoffoxes

    Love that pile of books David.

    You’re my hero :)

    Comment | July 11, 2008
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    [...] David gives a heads up on the quintessential summer reading lists. My current pile isn’t as impressive as his (though i do have a wardrobe full as well so I’m not in danger of running out any time soon!). Here’s mine (I rotated the image so no, the books are miraculously shelflessly hanging in mid-air!) which i will start to attack when I finish Gerard Donovan’s Country of the Grand. [...]

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  • Lol - I’ve never been anyone’s hero… :D

    Let me know what ya think of the Yiddish Policemen’s Union and the Walser stories!

    Comment | July 11, 2008
  • jen

    That pile of books is making me feel better about the mini-towers stacked next to my bed :-)

    Comment | July 14, 2008
  • Jen, happy to help in whatever way I can :D

    Comment | July 14, 2008
  • your book pile is ten times more impressive than mine.

    Comment | July 15, 2008
  • Tsch - size isn’t everything RP! ;)

    Comment | July 15, 2008
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