Further to my call for summer reading lists, here’s what Cheryl Braganza, Carol Katz and Susan Lempriere have planned. We’ll check back in September to see how far they got…
- The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys: set in pre-war London, a small, light paperback, easy to carry, Canadian writer.
- Because I have Loved and Hidden It by Elise Moser. Bought the paperback at the Blue Met this year and then met the author. Her lyrical prose makes me stop and savour the words, so I will read it slowly. It’s set in Montreal which makes it extra special.
- The Violin Lover by Susan Glickman – Another Canadian author. I was looking for a music and art story and this seems to encompass them both. Piano and violin teachers interspersed with secret love affairs, Mozart sessions AND it begins with a body floating down the Thames.
- Saris on Scooters by Sheila Arnopoulos. I bought this at her book launch at Paragraphe recently as I am interested in women’s issues in India myself. No love story, it is an enlightening trek through some of the poorest of villages and how women are coping.
- Scenes from My Life by Judith Dench: full of great childhood photos and family stories of Dame Judy Dench told in her own words. I have seen all her films and seen her live on stage at the Haymarket and have great admiration for this actor.
- A Love of Reading by Robert Adams. He reviews 14 books in this one book which means I will get a lot of ground covered quickly! I enjoy the historical background at each curtain opening.
- Open by Andre Agassi: an easy read and am on my second round. Hard to believe that he hated the game while we all enjoyed watching him over the years. He is blunt and blurts out what he was thinking when we thought he was thinking something else !
- Journey to Vaja by Elaine Kalman Naves.
- Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers.
- The Writing Life by Ellen Gilchrist.
- How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb.
- Writers and Company by Eleanor Wachtel.
- The Notebook: Interviews and New Fiction from Contemporary Writers. Edited by Berry and Natalee Caple.
- A History of Marriage by Elizabeth Abbott.
- Body Music: Essays and Poems by Denis Lee.
- The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman.
- The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer.
- Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler.
- Mordecai and Me by Joel Yanofsky.
- Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis by Lisa Sanders.
- A History of God by Karen Armstrong.
I love novels set in a dystopian future. I have just finished one called The Unit, by Swedish writer Ninni Holmqvist.
So now I am inspired to go back and read the novels that started this whole passion for me when I was a teen – John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids, The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes and The Midwich Cuckoos.