I go on summer holiday Tuesday, returning the next week’s Wednesday; which is odd but to give my scheduler credit – she got us some super cheap airfare. I started my search for a summertime read last night. Figure the odds of this. I logged into facebook first and had an invite to a book club app called Goodreads. How does facebook know?
I don’t allow many apps to take over my personal profile but acquiesced for this. The timing was in its favor. For the next hour I added books to my profile and scoured those read and reviewed by my friends. And I didn’t find one book I was interested in. What’s with that?
In a perfect world I would read non-stop all day long, all year long. History suggests I go in ruts. Read tons for several months, go months without reading squat. Sometimes it’s my work schedule but more often than not it’s that I can’t find anything interesting. I actually downloaded the bible the other day – for 99¢ I might add. Haven’t read it since high school, and while I am hardly “searching” right now, it’s on my list of things to read. But good Lord I would rather read some page-turning thriller, some historical fiction, some lurid, graphic novel on my summer vacation.
Please provide recommendations.
Dave Sebesta said:
Lonesome Dove is a great vacation read, Ed. This guy named John Locke writes books available for Kindle for .99 and his character Donovan Creed, a paid assassin, is worth the price. If you like it, you can knock off as many of the 25 or so of his books available. Similarly, you can’t miss with Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries.
Ed Mahoney said:
Thanks Dave. I’m now preloaded with 5 Nero Wolfe reads. Mystery is a genre I don’t read much of, but this looks perfect for summer.
A lo Hawk said:
Check out Charles Bukowski, Notes from a dirty old man
Ed Mahoney said:
Epilogue: After having purchased a number of recommendations online from Amazon, I powered up my Kindle on the plane only to discover that they never downloaded via WhisperNet because I had left my Kindle turned off. Damn it! So I started reading what was essentially a sociology text on motivation that I had previously acquired but never read. Turned out to be pretty interesting. In Austin, my father-in-law handed me a hard cover copy of Unbroken about a 1930s Olympic track athlete and his experience as a Japanese POW during WWII. Awesome read.