Summer has begun, though you can’t tell if you live in the Northwest, and that brings out lots of talk about summer reading lists. Indeed, Relevant mag just published its list of “Top 10 Summer Books,” which it says are “guaranteed to entertain anyone hungry for an escape from the ordinary.” We talk a lot about “serious” books on this blog, but now I’m wondering if anyone is currently reading, or planning to read soon, a book “just for the fun of it.” (And, no, N. T. Wright does not count.) The two books I’ve just finished reading are Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss (good) and Marilynne Robinson’s Home (outstanding). And, in the interests of pure escapism, I’m about to start the latest book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (until he died) and Brandon Sanderson, The Gathering Storm.
So, what’s on your list of fun literary diversions? Anything good?
In case, you’re interested, Relevant Magazine’s rather eclectic Top 10 included the following:
- Never Let Me Go—Kazuo Ishiguro
- The History of Love—Nicole Krauss
- The Millennium Trilogy—Stieg Larsson
- The Pride of Baghdad—Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon
- No Country for Old Men—Cormac McCarthy
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—J.K. Rowling
- The Plot Against America—Philip Roth
- The Stand—Stephen King
- Lonesome Dove—Larry McMurtry
- Godric—Frederick Buechner