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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jun, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject: What is "summer reading"??? Reply with quote

Summer reading is, I suppose, reading stuff that you haven't had time to read during the rest of the year. It could be like this : http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/?xrail
I prefer to think of it as "fun" reading". As an example, I'm now reading
"The Sealed Letter" by Emma Donoghue.
Spoiler (highlight to read):
It is a fictional account of a real Victorian scandal (like "Anna Karinina").
But really, I don't make much adjustment to my reading habits when summer comes. I continue my cycle of Trash/Lit/Trash/Lit . Being retired takes me out of the "Summer Read" thing, I guess.


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PostPosted: Mon 30 Jun, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Re: What is "summer reading"??? Reply with quote

MEF wrote:
...when summer comes. I continue my cycle of Trash/Lit/Trash/Lit.


I seem to be on a non-fiction jag... reading books given to me for Christmas... e.g. King Leopold's Ghost. Wow, what a read! (not always fun, becasse of the nasty things KL's officials did in the Congo -- but always a page turner!)

Must read Heart of Darkness now. Was supposed to decades ago, but never obeyed. Learned from KLGhost that Conrad's tale not merely metaphorical, but based on real happenings in the Congo in the v. late 1900th during KL's reign.


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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jul, 2008 8:31 pm    Post subject: No! No! Reply with quote

Hey CAM - summer reading about an insane guy who slaughters 10 million people for his private entertainment??? Not summer reading!
How about "Wind in the Willows", "Swallows and Amazons", or say, Julian Barnes ? Take a break from atrocities !


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PostPosted: Sat 19 Jul, 2008 11:00 pm    Post subject: Re: No! No! Reply with quote

MEF wrote:
Hey CAM - summer reading about an insane guy who slaughters 10 million people for his private entertainment??? Not summer reading!
How about "Wind in the Willows", "Swallows and Amazons", or say, Julian Barnes ? Take a break from atrocities !


okay okay okay.... what about John LeCarre's The Mission Song? Reading that now.



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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jul, 2008 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To me, "summer reading" refers to either books set for students to read during the holiday before the start of the new academic year, or it means a program of reading held in public libraries to keep kids off the streets. Consequently, my choice of reading matter is not influence by the changing seasons. Holiday/vacation reading does prompt a change in me though, I switch from Science Fiction to Fiction. I have no idea why.
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