If I had all the time in the world -and eyes strong enough to take the strain- I would wish to read these books, plus many more- in what remains of the Summer of ’08:
1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer … her first book aimed at adults and it seems creepily good.
2. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer … which would be the whole darn Twilight series.
3. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan … these books are fab-u-lous, smart, and funny.
4. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall … I loved the first book (The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy), I’m sure I’ll love this one too.
5. Letterati: An unauthorized look at Scrabble by Paul McCarthy … a book about words, specifically Scrabble, what’s not to love?
6. Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews … number nine in the Meg Langslow series, need I say more?
7. The Matters at Mansfield: Or, the Crawford Affair by Carrie Bebris … a good mystery starring Mr. and Mrs. Darcy is always exciting.
8. Audition: a memoir by Barbara Walters … she’s an amazing person, I’m sure this will be an amazing book.
And the books that will move to the top of the pile as soon as I can get my hands on a copy are:
1. American Wife by Chris Sittenfeld … a sortof fictionalized sortof biography about Laura Bush-type First Lady, maybe, sortof?
2. The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell … she’s so witty, she can make you laugh out loud.
3. Devil’s Brood by Sharon Kay Penman … finally the last book in Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine’s story. The author has been ill on and off for years, so I’ve waited almost six years for this book. Oh, please let it be good!
4. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry … set in Salem with a family of women who can see the future by reading lace. I love Salem, I love handicrafts, and I love that this book has the promise of greatness.
5. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFevers … are you a fan of Egyptology? Then I know you’ll like Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (the first in this series) and I’m hoping we’ll both like the new book.
So, what’s on your list?