My sister and I are off to Italy today!
We’re bringing some books for the long plane and train rides, and venturing into new reading territory… ebooks. I bought a Kindle and filled it with free classics I’ve never read, and we also downloaded some books to read on my mom’s iPad, which we’re borrowing. We’re bringing one paperback and some audiobooks as well. With my new Kindle I get two free books from Audible, so I downloaded this:
My uncle, who travels often and was in Venice this past year, recommended The City of Falling Angels, a nonfiction account of Venice.
I’ll try to send a few picture updates while we’re gone, and when we get back, expect a reading on the road report. How do you read when you travel?
Looking for something to read this summer? Here are some of my go-to recommendations and some others I read this year and really enjoyed. I recommend them all, so don’t judge them by their order in this list, their covers, or their movie tie-ins. Just read them and let me know what you think, or if you have others to recommend!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Little Stranger
Her Fearful Symmetry
The Golden Compass (young adult high fantasy)
Ender’s Game (middle grade/young adult science fiction)
Orson Scott Card
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The House of the Spirits (magical realism)
The Things They Carried
Water for Elephants
The Time Traveler’s Wife
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Peace Like a River
Gilead (maybe my favorite book ever)
I’m building my own summer list – what do you recommend?
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Thinking about some of my favorite books growing up, these three come to mind:
These are all books that my fifth-grade teacher read out loud to our class. Reading out loud to and with children is so important for literacy and for establishing a community of readers and book lovers. Though I was a crazy reader a long time before fifth grade, I’ll always be thankful to Mr. Johnson for the importance he placed on reading and for showing us his love of reading as well.
I’ve come a long way since then, but I’m still reading children’s books! Right now I’m looking at 20th-century retellings of the 15th-century romance, The Weddyng of Syr Gawen and Dame Ragnell. Here are two of the books I’m using at:
Why do we continue to tell this medieval story? What parts of the original do the retellings keep or change, and how do those choices reflect contemporary culture? We shall see…
Big news: I bought a Kindle.
It arrives on Friday (fingers crossed). Despite conflicting feelings about e-readers, I decided to get one because I’m going to be traveling in May/June (in Italy! with my sister!) and want to read on the trains without having to haul a bunch of heavy books around, including travel guidebooks.
So, why a Kindle? a) it’s cheaper than the other e-readers (the new version is $114) and b) I had a gift certificate to Amazon. Color would be fun, but it’s not worth +$100 more.
Do you have an e-reader? Has it changed your reading or book-buying habits?
I’m down south for the Southwest Texas Popular Culture / Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference (how’s that for a name?). Finishing up my presentation on violence against women in Twilight. Been to some great Twilight, children’s/young adult, and composition/writing pedagogy panels so far, and looking forward to tomorrow (though nervous!).