Fragonard’s The Reader, via Wikipedia
This is a slightly off-topic post, but I thought I’d see if anyone can help. Can anyone recommend any amazing books for light summer reading? In general, I’m looking for…
- something well written (because my day job involves editing other people’s writing I get irrationally annoyed by badly written books)
- an interesting setting/world that takes me somewhere different.
- a little glamour (I am partial to fashion interest in a book, but the book can’t just be a peg to hang descriptions of clothes on…)
- a satisfying plot.
- strong female characters who are not victims or whose sole aim is the search for Mr. Right.
- something inspiring
- something that isn’t every other book I’ve read before.
- fun- not necessarily a literary masterwork
Not that I’m picky or anything :)
Recently I’ve had a spell of being disappointed by books- even ones by respected authors which have had great press and rave reviews. Some of these are books I’ve bought and know I’ll never read again, and have redistributed. (Which is rare for me- I like to keep and treasure books, in general.)
So I guess what I’d love is your suggestions for something surprising, entertaining and ABSOLUTELY NOT REDISTRIBUTABLE.
What makes a book a keeper? I’m not sure. But I would love your thoughts on what keeps a book on your bookshelf, and I’d very very grateful for any suggestions for books in the comments. Also, how’s about a quick poll (you can choose more than one option, or add your own):
A Woman Reading, by Monet, via Wikipaintings