As I wrote about earlier this week, I plan to unplug from everything but music while we are in Maine for two weeks. This means I will have plenty of time to read. I may be overly optimistic with this pile, but I want to make sure I have something for every mood. I realize as I look at the photo, that I don’t have enough lightish contemporary fiction, just the Lipman and Lively. I might need to rectify that.
In picture order:
May Sarton – The Birth of a Grandfather
Not only do I love Sarton, but part of this book takes place in Maine.
George Eliot – The Lifted Veil
James Joyce – The Dead
Italo Svevo – The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl
Edith Wharton – The Touchstone
Mark Twain – The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
Sarah Orne Jewett – The Country of the Pointed Firs
These are all from Melville House Publishing’s The Art of the Novella Series. And since I took up Frances’ TAOTN reading challenge for August, I figured I better bring a few along with me. I have already read the Sarah Orne Jewett but I don’t think I paid very close attention to it and it takes place in Maine, so I had to include it.
Elizabeth von Arnim – Elizabeth and Her German Garden
I loved that other book of hers, the name of which totally escapes me at the moment and I refuse to click open another browser to remind myself. Something about a summer Italy. Boy howdy why can’t I think of it. Oh well, you guys will tell me.
Muriel Barbery – Gourmet Rhapsody
Although I own it, I haven’t read the Hedgehog book and I understand this was written prior to it. You know how I like to read things in order.
Edward Lewis Wallant – The Tenants of Moonbloom
Howard Sturgis – Belchamber
I decided I needed to include a few from my very large NYRB Classics pile. Although I enjoy most of their books, and have found some that I turly loved, there is something about them that makes starting one seem daunting. I think it is because they often take me out of the cozy cardigan zone.
Elizabeth Taylor – A Game of Hide and Seek
May Sinclair – Life and Death of Harriet Frean
Emily Eden – The Semi-Attached Couple and The Semi Detached House
Speaking of cozy cardigans, I have to include some old VMCs.
Penelope Lively – The Road to Lichfield
Here’s hoping this one is closer to Consequences than it is to Moon Tiger. I liked MT, but would prefer the lighter side of Penelope on this trip.
Elinor Lipman – Then She Found Me
She will never top the joy of The Inn at Lake Devine, but EL is always good for a quick, enjoyable read.
Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo
When we took a road trip back several years ago I read The Three Musketeers for the first time and loved it. Hoping for a repeat of that experience.
Do you think I have enough? Have you picked out your summer vacation reading pile?