Archive for June 24th, 2011

Ah, it’s that time of year. Time for the summer reading list.

I have a pile of British cozy mysteries waiting for me, as I find myself in need of a break from the heavy reading of the school term. Although I am hoping to feed my head with books such as To the River by Olivia Laing, Bomber County by Daniel Swift and The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts.

Here are reading recommendations recently posted online. They include summer — and other — suggestions.

  • Read: The Best Books and Graphic Fiction for SummerPopMatters
    PopMatters writers offer up a selection of personal summer favorites that range from high-brow fare like William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf to mysteries from Agatha Christie and Craig Johnson. 
  • What are the top 100 non-fiction books of all time?USA Today
    Books you’ve probably read (or should read): Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, James Agee and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous MenVirginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage. …
  • Totting up the 100 greatest non-fiction booksThe Guardian (blog)
    You’ll find Niccolò Machiavelli cheek by jowl with Patrick Leigh Fermor, Virginia Woolf next door to Karl Marx. There’s introspection and analysis from Michel de Montaigne and small-town horror from Truman Capote. René Descartes constructs God out of …
  • Good Men ReadQueerty
    Other popular selections included works by Marcel Proust, Jean Genet, and Virginia Woolf. Personally I was very happy to see some of my favorites like Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story and Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty get their due.
  • Pick of the Paperbacks: June 12Telegraph.co.uk
     a Lancaster Bomber pilot whose plane disappeared over Holland in 1943 – starts out as a conventional memoir, but swiftly acquires a literary character, with Dylan Thomas, Virginia Woolf and others conscripted as witnesses to turbulent times. 
  • What Books Should a Soldier Take to War?New Republic
    Depending on the answers to these questions, the list varies, but it often includes the following: Virgil’s Aeneid, Montaigne’s Essays, Stefan Zweig’s Beware of Pity,Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy, …
  • Summer reading: The big listLos Angeles Times
    Also in Sunday’s pages, book critic David L. Ulin remembers his summer reading: Jack Kerouac, Albert Camus, Joan Didion and Kurt Vonnegut. And Jessica Gelt weighs in with a summer reading memory of her own: Virginia Woolf.
  • 10 of the best books set in LondonThe Guardian
    Mrs Dalloway lives in Westminster and Virginia Woolf brilliantly describes a day in her London life, stepping out on a glorious summer morning, Big Ben striking in the background. “For having lived in Westminster — how many years now? over twenty, …

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