Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Reading...

I've got a few titles for you! Since I have more free time now, I have been reading for at least an hour before bed or in the afternoons.

I read Water for Elephants last week and thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel. There are parts that are slightly "racy" and I've been more apprehensive about recommending it to others for that reason. The writer makes the 1930s setting quite realistic; sometimes I think that I was born in the wrong era. I LOVE the flashiness of the 20s and 30s! The main character in this story is an elderly man who is full of humor and even flaws, which makes him easy to relate to. I certainly enjoyed the circus train setting and the descriptive plot, as the performers, menagerie, and roustabouts become so vivid!

I'm about half way through reading Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls. I read her older novel The Glass Castle back in 2005. I was very excited to begin this new story about her true life account of her grandmother, Lily Casey. This book has already brought me to tears and it makes me want to travel out west!

What are you reading this summer?

Next on the list is The Paris Wife.



Sherry said...

Glad you commented on Water For Elephants. It's on my short list to read this summer & since I love historical fiction, perhaps this will be something I'd enjoy. Reading House Rules by Jodi Piccoult. Good read so far.

Caitlin C. said...

I also just finished "Water for Elephants" and loved it! Before that, I read "The Help" - if you haven't read that yet you definitely need to! I read The Glass Castle but I haven't read Jeannette Walls' new book yet, I'll have to remember to get it! I just love having time to read during the summer.

Calli | Wedding Favors said...

I just finished reading a book by Dan Brown and I don't know what to read next. I think I'll add Water for Elephants on my list. :)

CAC muffin said...

I just finished A Little Ray of Sunshine by Lani Diane Rich- I loved it- it was a great quick read for around the pool or on the beach!