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The Books of Summer: Part 1 June 12, 2009

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Though summer isn’t officially here, we are into the longest days of the year, school’s out (or nearly), and the summer reading lists have hit newstands and airwaves.

This week, a small selection of lists found around the internet–stay tuned for our personal picks, coming next week!

National Public Radio has a lot of good recommendations, from mysteries to cookbooks; they also link to excerpts from some of their picks.

Also from NPR, bookseller recommendations (always among our favorite lists to peruse).

The L.A. Times book blog Jacket Copy takes the long view with a list of over 50 books that are being published in the coming months.

Wall Street Journal offers their five choices for vacation reading.

Entertainment Weekly has the PopWatch edition and Steven King’s picks.

The Seattle Times shares picks from librarian Nancy Pearl.

International summer reading: from Canada – some of these won’t be available in the states, but others, like Guillermo del Torro’s horror-fest The Strain, are being published simultaneously in Canada and the U.S.

The Indie Choice Awards provide a list of bookseller-approved reading, good for anytime of year (actually, that applies to all of these books, really). Highly recommended: Sarah Vowell’s funny acceptance video.

The Onion’s A.V. Club has introduced Wrapped Up in Books, an online book club to introduce or re-introduce readers to modern classics. Currently on the table is Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Another online book club idea is Paste magazine’s Infinite Summer Reading Group, which is honoring the late David Foster Wallace by reading Infinite Jest.

Author Kenneth C. Davis gives history buffs a list of his favorites. (Enough with the “not all summer books are light reading” disclaimers already, though, Mr. Davis. That’s been done to death.)

Salon interviewed authors about their favorite books and/or books they plan to read this summer.

Are these some of those frothy books Kenneth Davis was referring to?

[Edited to add:] There it is – thanks, New  York Times, for a list of fiction by women, for women. There are some really good books on this list, though I think we could all do without the condescension towards “chick lit.”

And let’s not forget younger readers:

The Horn Book has some great suggestions for kids and teens.

ReadKiddoRead says Summer Reading Doesn’t Have to Be Punishment, and provides a long list of reasons why, including books like Adele & Simon, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things, Coraline: The Graphic Novel, and The London Eye Mystery.

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1. Claire - June 18, 2009

Great blog, I love to see all the suggestions that are coming in for summer reading put together in one place. There’s so many good ones to keep track of!


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