July 6, 2007
Several people have asked for summer reading suggestions, which leaves me a bit stymied. For me, summer reading is no different than any other time of year. The books I take to the beach are the same ones that are on my bedside table during Christmas vacation... This is especially true since I started the Book Notes series. I read the books as they come in, regardless of genre, theme or intellectual depth.
Having explained my summer reading habits, these novels are the books I have been recommending to friends, family and random e-mailers ad nauseum, and are my six favorite novels of the year so far. The links lead either to the author's Book Notes submission, my 52 Books, 52 Weeks review, or the book at Amazon or Atomic Books if I haven't convinced the author to submit a Book Notes essay (Chabon) or haven't written a 52 Books, 52 Weeks review yet (I Love You, Beth Cooper).
Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell
I finally read David Mitchell's latest novel in January, and was genuinely moved by his chronicle of 13 months in the life of a 13 year-old.
I Love You, Beth Cooper, by Larry Doyle
The funniest book of the year, written by former Simpsons writer Larry Doyle. An unusual high school romp featuring a nerdy valedictorian, a head cheerleader, a Hummer, and hilarity.
The Raw Shark Texts, by Steven Hall
Wearing its influences (Murakami, Lethem, etc.) on its sleeve, this book is the most imaginative book (in both plot and typography) I have read all year.
The Song of Kahunsha, by Anosh Irani
An orphan in Bombay searches for his family, this book has earned worthy comparisons as a modern version of Oliver Twist.
Under My Roof, by Nick Mamatas
Fast-moving, incredibly humorous satire with a family seceding from the United States and building a nuclear bomb (in a lawn gnome). A great book for young adults to geriatrics.
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
My favorite novelist amazes with an alternative history of the Jews wrapped up in a murder mystery. Witty, charming, and a total immersion into another world.
If anyone can convince Mr. Chabon to contribute to the Book Notes series, I would be incredibly appreciative...
Please feel free to leave your own sumer fiction suggestions in the comments, I am always looking for something new and interesting...
also at Largehearted Boy:
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
guest book reviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)