Saturday, July 23, 2005

It's Summer and the Reading's Hot

I am now officially on vacation. Which means I can abandon the reading my thesis requires and dive into some other books I have been waiting to read. A friend of mine was brilliant enough to score me an advance reading copy of Zadie Smith's new novel, On Beauty, and though only about 70 pages into it, it's very good and very funny.

I had to put it aside briefly to read the new Harry Potter, which I am doing at the moment. I know that a lot of people give Harry and his readers a hard time, but frankly, I think these people are snobs. I have seen people with the new Harry tucked under their arm everywhere I've gone this past week and I think it's great. Imagine - a phenomenon that doesn't involve an ugly Louis Vuitton bag and one that gets people reading at the same time. In fact, I bet that the people who think Harry Potter books are lame are the same people that own Louis Vuitton bags.

Anyway...other books that I have in my possession and I will read over the next four weeks or so are:

Utterly Monkey by Nick Laird
Here Is Where We Meet by John Berger
And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos by John Berger
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The People's Act of Love by James Meek


Johnny said...

Utterly Monkey is the greatest book title ever!

Carmella H said...

Utterly Monkey refers to... ooooh I'm probably the only person that knows at the moment. Happy to share if you like

Sarah said...

Don't share....I'll know myself next week.

CH said...

You're so sure huh?