Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer reading

Seeing how we're on the topic of books, what's on your summer reading list?

I've these lined up, some are quite long and arduous so it will take some time to pace through them.

The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters, ed. Charlotte Mosley

Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940, D.J. Taylor

The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar

The Age of Reason, Jean-Paul Sartre

A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf

I always love new recommendations. At the moment I love nothing better than hovering around the History section and oohing over all the books I want to own and read!

I've got two birthdays tomorrow, I haven't been sleeping well these past few months so I hope that I'll have the energy for both. The first one is paint-balling, when I informed my other friend his reaction was "Painting? You? Zoe?". I usually try and avoid any sort of contact sport, or exercise in general, but I'm certain I bruise like a peach.

So, I've just finished wrapping their presents, I got Seán a copy of Delia's Frugal Food. It may be considered a cliché (is it?), but I think books are the best gift to give, but beware, a lot of thought have to go into it, if you don't know the person too well a book token is an excellent substitute, I've received some questionable books in the past when I would have much preferred a token. (ahem John Grisham)


  1. Someone gave you John Grisham as a gift?! Oh no! Gifting books is always hard, unless you 100% know that the person loves that author. It's kind of like gifting perfume as well. I've never read any virginia woolf, I really should. On my summer reading list is Rabbit, run by John Updike. Working in a library I generally pick up books everyday as I see them, I am so easily bought by a good cover!

  2. Oh man. I'm loving the look of your list right now and it's only expanding mine...Which is fine because I'm looking pretty unemployed.

    Woolf isn't generally for me, but I do love 'A Room of One's Own'.
    Rereading all of Jane Austen (and zombie-related spinoffs) for my course next year, as well as a fuckton of Ovid.
    Currently reading 'Kitchen' by Banana Yoshimoto.

    My mom yelled at me until I read Ann-Marie MacDonald's 'Fall On Your Knees' last summer, and I'm so glad that she did. I recommend it for sure.

  3. Looks like a great list, I haven't read any of them (adding them to my list). I'm currently reading Walden by Thoreau and Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (along with a couple non-fiction). I tend to put quite a few books on my plate at once :)