What are you hearing about the goings on in the book world? Good stuff? What books of summer are you excited about and can't wait to buzzzzzz? We here at the Writers' Group have some picks of our own and we want to hear yours.
It's YA central for me! Now that I'm nearly finished Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - it's an amazing tale - I'll be reading the sequel, Pretties, soon. Then Peeps, Midnighters, gosh he's prolific!
Next, I can't wait to start The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan. I've heard nothing but wonderful praise for this series about a boy who confronts the Greek gods and godesses.
There are a few books I need to read this summer: Patry's pick Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle, I Still Have It, I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It by Rita Rudner because she me up; and I need to get my hands on a galley of Dennis Lehane's The Given Day, that will be my mission this weekend.
What's new? Scott Heim (We Disappear), Mameve Medwed (Of Men and Their Mothers) and Margot Livesey (The House on Fortune Street) are out and about promoting their books, all of which I highly recommend. They are completely different from each other, so you can move from one to the other without pause and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. At the moment Stephen L. Carter's New England White is being toted everywhere I go, as I am compelled to pack even five minutes in when I can to find out how this unravels! Books on my to-read list this summer include Cynthia Ozick's Dictation, Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth, the posthumous publication by Grace Paley, Fidelity, Gil Adamson's The Outlander, and natch, Tethered. The group saw the last draft of that months ago, and Amy has been teasing us with hints as to what changed across the editing process since. Cannot, cannot wait!
For you quick readers in need of even more suggestions, get Hallie Ephron's 1001 Books for Every Mood. Come on, you can't have read all 1,001 yet, can you? Just a few of the moods listed: Soar, Join the Circus, Blame Your Genes, and Celebrate Friends; this book will be well-thumbed, a good friend with tips on great reads for a long time to come.
Now that my daughter is home from college, the Griffin summer reading challenge is on. Each with our own personal goal and list of must-reads, we read and discuss and recommend books galore. So far the books Caitlin and I have discussed over tea include, March, by Geraldine Brooks, Charity Girl, by Michael Lowenthal and Peace Like a River by Leif Engler (his latest So Brave, Young and Handsome is on my to be read list) .
Others on my to be read shelf include: Away by Amy Bloom, Belong to Me, Marisa des los Santos, The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz.
And here's some book industry news--my daughter got a summer job at our local independent, The Front Street Bookshop. Bookloving runs in the family and she and I wonder if she'll ever come home with a paycheck.
And speaking of the Front Street Bookshop--Hallie Ephron will be there next Friday, June 13 at 7 PM, to talk about 1001 Books for Every Mood. Come see us there.