Since it’s nearly August, I thought now would be a good time to share my summer reading list before it becomes my winter reading list. A book in bold is a book I’ve already read.
You can see all of the books I’ve read at my Goodreads account.
- The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katharine Howe – Using the Salem Witch Trials as the background, and approaching the idea that witches actually did exist, Howe’s debut novel centers around the story of a graduate student who is tasked with renovating her grandmother’s house in New England, only to happen upon a surprising discovery.
- Cemetery Dance by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston – Eccentric (and clearly fictional) Special Agent Aloysius Pendergrast returns to help solve a crime where the main suspect appears to be a member of the walking dead. I love Child and Preston’s work even though their books tend to contain outrageous, yet technically feasible, plots.
- Scarecrow by Michael Connelly – You know the newspapers are in trouble when their potential demise becomes one of the stories in a popular fiction novel, but that is how Connelly (a former reporter himself) frames the follow-up to “The Poet.” A victim of the digitization of news, a laid-off reporter for the Los Angeles Times finds himself the target of a serial killer, which could turn into the story that saves his career.
- Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver - Deaver has always been at the forefront when it comes to his subject matter, including his 2002 novel, The Blue Nowhere, where his protagonist was a computer hacker searching for a serial killer who was intruding on his victim’s personal computers to gain access to them. In this new book, a killer’s victims are the commentors who have attacked him on a popular blog.
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson - The late Stieg Larsson’s debut novel, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was my favorite book of 2008, so needless to say, I have high hopes for the second book in the Millennium trilogy. This book follows the two main characters from the first book as they are hot on the trail of a sinister corporation. If it’s anything at all like ‘Tattoo’ it will be my favorite book of 2009.
- The Lost City of Z by David Grann - This is the nonfiction account of David Grann’s trip into the Amazon rain forest to determine what became of legendary explorer, Percy Fawcett, who entered the forest looking for a lost civilization and never returned.
- Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby – This is High Fidelityauthor Nick Hornby’s autobiographical account of his life, using Arsenal soccer as the background. In lieu of chapters, Hornby separates his life by match, sharing stories that revolve around time he spent watching the beautiful game.
- The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer - I think it was Stephen King who listed this book on his reading list, so I thought I’d add it to the list. It’s about an ex-tourist (a CIA agent without a home or name) who is forced back into the field. I hear they’re turning it into a movie, so I have that going for me.
- Shatter by Michael Robotham - My wife just finished reading this book and she said it’s so disturbing that she had trouble reading it by herself in the bedroom with the lights on. Another book on Stephen King’s list, this one finds a clinical psychologist trying to determine a suicide victim’s motives, only to come to the conclusion that there is something way worse at work.
- The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich - This is the glorified story of the founders of Facebook, albeit with no input from Mark Zuckerburg. Still, it should be fascinating to read about how a Web site originally created for Harvard students has blown up the point where my Dad is considering joining.
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore – I don’t normally go out of my way to read a novel that uses humor as its base, but I’ve heard great things about this book, so I put it on the list. I hope it comes through.
What are you reading this summer?