Some Summer Reading
I discovered unless I’m going to Fiji for eight days, there is no point in bringing a lot of books with me when I go away on a vacation. The main reason is I am not a speedy reader. Jeff can chew through a 500-page book in a weekend if he has the time, whereas I can take a month to get through a similar sized tome. Then there is the vacation itself. I need to consider who we will be spending time with and what sorts of activities we will be doing while there. That is why my book bag is going to be considerably lighter than in previous years for my church’s annual family camp. Here are the two books that have made the cut:
1. A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel by John Le Carré: I picked up my first novel by John Le Carré – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – a couple of years ago. I had heard good things about him from one of my cousins, and I wanted to get a feel for a good spy thriller as I began to look at fleshing out a spy story of my own. The man and the novel did not disappoint, so I easily picked up a few more of his books centering on spy George Smiley. Now I’ve read in a few reviews A Murder of Quality is less a spy thriller and more a murder mystery, but either way I’m looking forward to seeing how Le Carré grew as a writer as this book was only his second published work.
2. And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life by Jane Christmas: I have not read any of Christmas’s previous works, but the blurb on the back cover of this memoir captured my attention. I’ll let you read it for yourself via the title link, but I think it promises to be an insightful and entertaining story (a good summer reading mix, in my opinion). I do not promise, however, to have it finished by the time we’re on our way back home.
What are your top two picks for your summer reading list? And are you a speedy or a slow reader?