Not exactly beach books

With the long Memorial Day weekend coming up, I thought I’d share some books I picked up recently.

What’s on your summer reading list? Aren’t those printable bookmarks (by Nicole’s Classes) hot? Via How About Orange.

I’m almost finished with GirlChild, which is a hard one to explain. Most of the chapters are super short, and it reads almost like a diary of an extremely precocious girl growing up in a seedy trailer park. The writing is compelling, but it’s not your typical novel-style narrative. That probable makes no sense.

These aren’t exactly beach books (note the absence of chick lit/thrillers), but I geeked out a little bit the other day when I accidentally locked myself out at work and had to go over to the University library to work remotely until someone could let me back in:

This is what happens when I get locked out.

I’ve been wanting to read both of the nonfiction books (right and left sides) for awhile, and then “The Borrower” just kind of jumped out at me.

Then I purchased these from the amazing $2 clearance shelf at Half Price Books:

“Changing My Mind,” by Zadie Smith
Part of my senior English thesis was inspired by her book, “White Teeth.”

“O, Pioneers!” by Willa Cather
A friend studies her work and I finally read “My Antonia” last summer at the farm and thought it was gorgeous

“The History of Love,” by Nicole Krauss
I already read/own a copy of this book, but it is so amazing that I wanted to have an extra so I wouldn’t hesitate giving it away! I can’t bring them all to the beach, though…Am I too old to pack a yellow sand pail? Seriously wishing I still had those red sunglasses.

If you’re in the Iowa NoCoast, consider a jaunt down to Lake Ahquabi State Park in Indianola to read in a canoe. We love to rent boats down there!

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