Summer Reading

Summer reads

Summer is here. The days are long. Easier office hours and holidays are around the corner. I’m hoping to catch up on my Book A Month resolution. I’m up to number 5.

The trouble is, I’m reading three books simultaneously so I don’t get over the line easily. It’s not as mad as it sounds. The one I’m reading properly is Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris, which is pretty much like The Office tv series but in book format. I cringe when I spot my own dysfunctional behaviour.

The other two are books I dip in and out of.  One is 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by the Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang. Yes, I know, it’s a little bit eclectic. But if you want to know why your life isn’t much enhanced in spite of rising incomes and better technologies, there is a very good discussion in here. And the chapters are short.

The other is El Monje Que Vendió Su Ferrari – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – by Robin Sharma. I’m learning Spanish and a self-help book is the most straightforward kind of book to read. I’ve learnt the word for leadership … although haven’t had the opportunity to use it in conversation yet !

In the pre-Kindle days, I used to be able to spot the popular books by what people were reading in the tube. Now, almost everyone has an electronic reading device and it’s impossible.  I still don’t have a Kindle and because I’m not on-trend, I tend to buy books secondhand on eBay.

Anyway, I was hunting down light summer reads and found some ideas on EssieButton’s blog, where she’s made a selection with Books and Quills. There’s an entertaining little video to go with it. I’ve plonked for The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’ll let you know how I get on.

http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/06/18/easy-reads-booksandquills/

~ Spotted Cow

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11 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. I always try to read more on holidays but I end up reading less… I meet friends, travel more, spend more hours outside under the sun staring at the sea… All in all I read more in Winter! But I’m curious about those books!

    1. I have holidays like that too – all socialising and the books are not read by the end of the holiday ! But I managed to get in 2.5 books in the last couple of weeks – the ones I listed above – because of flights in the middle of the day, so I am feeling quite satisfied, for once.

  2. My summer reading runs to less serious stuff … I used to enjoy looking at what people were reading on the subway but you’re right – there are fewer actual books these days!

    1. Ohhh, I’m looking forward to it. And I haven’t seen the movie. I prefer to read the book before watching the movie. Movies don’t have enough time for character development.

    1. I read his book The Dinner a couple of years ago. I found it a bit disturbing and quite unsatisfying at the end because it didn’t tie up the loose ends. So I’m not particularly minded to read more of his books. I do know what you mean about his despicable characters.

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