Friday, May 12, 2006

Books for the beach

Wherein t-7 days

Ignoring the large stack of unread books I already have, I'm taking recommendations for books for the beach. This is not restricted to the normal pulpy beach books. Serious, funny; fiction, nonfiction; it's all good. Only requirement being you enjoyed reading it and are happy to recommend it.

For last year's trip, I read:


Blogger reader_iam said...

Have you read Anthony Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time"? It's actually four separate books--First Movement, Second Movement, Third Movement and Fourth Movement--though I bought the all-in-one version.

If you like memoirs at all, I really enjoyed Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" and the followup, "Tis."

I could do a bunch more, but I'm not really sure exactly what sort of writing you like (as opposed to just genre). And I really have no idea what you have read, or if you're the sort who "keeps current" or tends to catch things several years later, following your own time rather than general cycles or trends.

DH is a huge science fiction reader; he knows that genre better than I, especially with regard to output of the last couple of decades.

5/12/2006 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger reader_iam said...

I've just started Paul Johnson's "Creators," which DH surprised me with last week, I'm assuming as an early Mother's Day gift. So far, I'm really enjoying it. A lot of people said he was a bit too nasty, but I've read his "Intellectuals" several times, and I suspect you'd get a kick out of it.

If you like history written in a certain way, there are number of his books that I would recommend to you.

5/12/2006 02:38:00 PM  
Blogger reader_iam said...

I wasn't quite precise when I said "all-in-one"; what I meant was, I bought them as a boxed (or, rather, shrinkwrapped) set. I don't want you to waste your time looking for an elusive "single" volume, which by definition would be way too thick and heavy for the beach, even in PB format.

5/13/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. It's on my summer re-reading list.

That and getting through my Haruki Murakami collection (unread Christmas presents).

5/15/2006 09:21:00 AM  

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