Get Moving, People. What Are You Reading This Summer?
Yes, the end of summer is creeping closer and closer, but there's still time to get a few books read before the season ends.
We urge you to make time to stimulate your brain and keep reading a part of your life. No time? Consider logging off Pinterest or Facebook for a half an hour and all of a sudden, you'll find yourself getting through at least a few pages a day, maybe even more.
Find a comfortable place to curl up with the right book. Starbucks is eating away at your budget? Consider your couch, maybe not the most exotic location ever, but with the right book, you'll find yourself in another world.
Okay, fine, you say. Need some ideas for books to consider? What a coincidence. We've compiled a list of ideas of what we plan to read and what we recommend, from the serious to the silly.
Amy Julia Becker
What Happened to Sophie Wilder, by Christopher Beha (2009)
I'm reading What Happened to Sophie Wilder, by Christopher Beha, a novel about a struggling young writer who re-encounters his first love.
Noticing God, by Richard Peace (2012)
I'm also reading Noticing God by Richard Peace, and I'm very grateful for the insight it has offered in practicing the presence of God every day.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman (1997)
This book is next on my list, a true story of a culture clash between American doctors and their Hmong patient.
MOMumental, by Jennifer Grant (2012)
I thoroughly enjoyed (and needed) Her.meneutics writer Jennifer Grant's MOMumental, a wonderful series of vignettes about family life that gives me hope for our sanity as our children get older and that gave me reassurance that I'm not the only mother of young children in need of help (or a day at a spa) all the time.
State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett (2011)
I also enjoyed Patchett's novel about fertility, medicine, love, and family.
On Becoming a Novelist, by John Gardner (1999)
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880)
I first discovered Dostoevsky in high school, when we had to read Crime and Punishment. Based on the story's description, I expected to hate it, but to my surprise, it was fast-moving and engrossing. It is still the book I remember better than any other from that year, and could even extrapolate some of the themes. Though Brothers is much longer, it's already had some amazing passages. Nor is it dull going, despite the long paragraphs in my translation, which is the highly praised new one.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie (2002)
For fiction, either one of Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter books, which are a very re-readable, sheer delight, or Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, which I happened upon at the library a while back. This fascinating tale really transported me—again, into a world I didn't expect to like—and is possibly the best book about reading or engaging with literature that I've ever read.