Summer vacation is nearly upon us, which means several key things to me:
1. I will usually sleep in, maybe even past 8 a.m.
2. I will get to spend more quality time with my children and grandchildren.
3. I’ll play more tennis and do more ‘round-the-Rose Bowl walking with Mrs. Ursettie, and
So, the first three are self-explanatory. “But,” you may be asking yourself, “I wonder what Mrs. Hodge has on her reading list?” Well, wonder no more…I will be happy to share a sampling of the titles I hope to read over the summer!
· The Book Thief by Markus Zusak—I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet! Everyone who has read it tells me it’s phenomenal, and how can one not read a book whose narrator is Death?
· The Jesuit Guide to (almost) Everything—Pope Francis is a Jesuit & I loved James Martin’s book My Life with the Saints, so I’m looking forward to this one. His writing is informative, but full of humor and decidedly not dull and dry.
· Tender at the Bone: Growing up at Table by Ruth Reichl—The famed food critic describes her relationship with food, beginning with living with a mother who would literally put whatever was in the refrigerator all together and serve it, even if that food was “past its prime.” I heard her on an old NPR program, discussing her family and how she learned to cook in self-defense. Hilarious. Also, Cat S., a lovely senior, told me how much she loved this book and I trust her judgment.
· The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott—This is my book group’s selection for June, I’ll be reading it soon. This is historical fiction, a story of a young woman who has survived the sinking of the Titanic. This isn’t something I’d usually pick up, but I know I need to broaden my horizons. I may just enjoy it!
· Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham—The Moon and Sixpence, also by Maugham, is one of my favorite all-time books. Anjali B., a wonderful Prep grad also loved it, and she asked if I had read Of Human Bondage, which she also enjoyed. I hadn’t, so it’s on my list.
This is only a partial list…meanwhile, here are some books I’d like to suggest for our faithful blog-readers (without annotation, since you can easily click on the links to Amazon or look on Goodreads.com for that information!):
- Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of Madness, Medicine, & the Murder of a President by Candice Millard—OK, so I said I wouldn’t annotate, but I have to say that this non-fiction title reads like a psychological thriller and I loved every minute I spent reading it! How can you pass up a book with a subtitle like that?
- All Things Bright and Beautiful and all of the other titles by James Herriot
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Broken Paradise by Cecilia Samartin (recommended by Kristin B., Prep grad)
- Autobiography of Malcolm X—a truly fascinating read!
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett--The movie was wonderful; the book, even better!
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt—Another non-fiction title that read like a novel and has murder, high society, and a drag queen in Savannah.
- The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Wishing you a great summer, full of good times, good friends, and good reading,