I’m not one for summer reading lists. I really think it’s sort of strange that summer is the declared “Season of Reading”. As a year round reader I see no need to restrict the pleasures of a good book to one part of the year.
There’s always a pile of books by my bed threatening to topple over upon me in the middle of night. The Kindle I got for Christmas this year has eased the clutter and threat of being crushed under an avalanche of literature, but hasn’t done much to calm my book buying frenzy. In fact, I think it’s made it worse. It’s so much easier to buy books with it. If I want a book, I have only to open up my Kindle, go to the storefront and download it. Instant gratification at its finest.There are currently a whole bunch of good things waiting to be read on my book pile. While I was out and about the other day I lucked into a wonderful sale and came home with a bagful of bios. I’m looking forward to spending time with several artists whose work I have always admired.
Somebody: The Reckless Life & Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando by Stephan Kanfer
I know Where I’m Going: Katharine Hepburn a Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
Ethel Merman: A Life by Brian Kellow
Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and his Leading Ladies by Donald Spoto
On the virtual pile in the Kindle are yet more biographies, some history, some fraud and a really old conspiracy theory.
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare by James ShapiroAmerica Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield
Sisters of Fortune: America’s Caton Sisters at Home & Abroad by Jehanne Wake
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and SpectacularFall of a Serial Imposter by Mark SealOf course, there’s also the distraction pile which includes my annual re-readings of Mary Kay Andrews’ novels, Ann B. Ross’ MissJulia Series, and Jennifer Crusie’s Maybe This Time.
These should keep me out of trouble for a few weeks at least…