Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Reading List Update: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times...

At the beginning of June I posted a list of books I planned to read for the month. Some I read and thoroughly enjoyed, others didn't quite make it in from the library in time for me to read them. And then there were those that I started but realized they were too heavy for summer reading. I'll get to the heavy books later, but I'm trying to keep my summer reads light. So let's talk about what I read, what's moving to the July list and what you read in the month of June.

June's Reading List
(bold = read; m = moved to July list)

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of An American People by Helen Zia (x)
32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter (m)
Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin (m)
Colorblind by Precious Williams
Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, DC by Jesse J. Holland (x)
A Taste of Honey: Stories by Jabari Asim (m)
Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black by Gregory Howard Williams
Persian Girls: A Memoir by Nahid Rachlin (x)
Under the Dome by Stephen King (m)
The King of Colored Town by Darryl Wimberley
The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
Jenniemae & James by Brooke Newman
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
From Cape Town with Love by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes

July Reading List
32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter (Attending book signing on the 8th)
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin
A Taste of Honey: Stories by Jabari Asim
Under the Dome by Stephen King
The Sacred Place by Daniel Black
The Gettin Place by Susan Straight
Blacker Than A Thousand Midnights by Susan Straight
Red Hats by Damon Wayans
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Eddie Signwriter by Adam Schwartzman
Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler by Wade Rouse

I'm making the July list fairly short because Under the Dome is a little over a thousand pages and will probably take up a week of reading.

So what about you? Did you read anything good in June? Are there any books that I must add to my list?
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