June 07, 2006

Summer Reading

I've rekindled my relationship with the library. If you've been with me for a while you'll know that this can sometimes be a tenuous relationship. Libraries and I don't always get along. I like their books, they likey the fines. For the amount I've paid them they should give me valet parking and champagne when I visit.

I've seen the movies but had yet to indulge in the Harry Potter craze, so I decided to see what all the hubub was about. Yesterday was the Philosopher's Stone and today we're looking for the Chamber of Secrets. If I had the mental focus I could already be through with them, but I was distracted by "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Bridezillas" (those girls get so stressed out! though I think every bride has at least one meltdown before their wedding, must be a prerequisite). I didn't realize that the first book had come out way back when I was in grade nine (1997), I guess I'm a little behind the times.

You know what might be fun and totally inventive and original? A book club! Of sorts... We pick a book that no one has read before, read it, and then post our thoughts on it, spawnning dozens of intellectual comments and making us feel intelligent. We woudn't even need to have a time limit or anything (due to varying levels of busyness, etc.) and we could take turns picking a book (maybe a classic would be nice). Do share your thoughts and suggestions. Just because we're not in school anymore doesn't mean we can't at least pretend to be all smart and what not!

As an aside I went to see the Da Vinci Code last week with my bro and ma. It was a fine movie, nothing to write home about... However, the thing about suspense movies/books is they depend on you not knowing what's going to happen next, so when you do know what's coming it's not quite as impressive. Quite frankly I'm just tired of hearing about the whole thing.

Currently on my shelf/reading list:

Swann - Carol Shields
Friend of my Youth - Alice Munroe
Dressing Up for the Carnival - Carol Shields
No Logo - Naomi Klein
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kid
The Triumph of the Sun - Wilbur Smith


Becca said...

Definitely on board with the whole book club idea. I think that's fantastic!

Suggestion #1 & #2- The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
The Orange Girl (by the same)

Brandy said...

i'm game too, i love my reading time...as long as they aren't too boring, i need some humor, love or action

Emily said...

oooh! Count me in! I love summer reading, although it is taking me a little longer to read these days...

Ruth said...

I think that's a great idea, Evelyn! I love reading books in the summer knowing I don't have to write a paper on them! And this would give me more incentive to pick up a book again. The school year has a tendency to make me want to avoid books for a while... especially this year.