Here are a few of the books I plan to read over the summer. I may or may not get to all of them, because sometimes I find other books I hadn’t yet known about and read those instead. In any case, it’s an eclectic list:
Blogging for Bliss, by Tara Frey
One of my plans this summer is to better integrate my blog (what your reading now) and my website (where I sell books). I’d like the look of both to be similar. I’m looking at other bookseller blogs and websites and also reading a bit to get inspiration.
Work Song, by Ivan Doig
Ivan Doig is one of my favorite authors. The West he writes about is the West I love. Work Song, released just this week, is his follow-up to the excellent The Whistling Season. My copy arrived in the mail today and I’m feeling the temptation to just drop everything else and read it straight through.
Thomas More, by Peter Ackroyd
I’ve read several other Peter Ackroyd books and enjoyed most of them, so much that I will try most any book he writes. I found this one at a library sale for $1 last spring, so I purchased it for later reading. I’m hoping that this summer, the time has come.
The Company We Kept, by Barbara Kaye (Mrs. Percy Muir)
This memoir was written by the wife of legendary bookman, Percy Muir. I always try to have at least one bookselling/book collecting-related book going at all times. This is my pick for the summer. If it’s good, then I plan to move on to the sequel:
Second Impression: Rural Life with a Rare Bookman, by Barbara Kaye (Mrs. Percy Muir)
Combines two of my favorite things — rural life and rare books.
The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit, by Jennifer Megyesi.
Don’t ask why I’m reading this. It’s simply to satisfy my pioneer woman dreams. It’s also because, on our way home from Yosemite a few weeks ago, we stopped at a farm stand and purchased fresh eggs to see if, as everyone says, farm fresh eggs taste better and have more colorful yolks than store-bought eggs. It’s true. They were delicious. Now Huck, who has some very creative ideas, thinks he wants to have chickens so we can have fresh eggs every day. We live in the suburbs, we get raccoons and skunk in our yard some nights, and we already have pretty busy schedules, so I don’t think we will have our own chickens right now. Still, I promised Huck I’d research it to see what kind of care and feeding and environment is needed to raise chickens. If nothing else, it’s interesting reading and it’s something I’d like to do someday.
And last but not least, I need some light, “beach” reading. Something amusing and interesting at the same time. Thanks to one of my loyal readers, Jan, I received this suggestion in my email inbox:
Confessions of a Prairie B*&%$! How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, by Alison Arngrim. Alison Arngrim played Nellie Oleson, nemesis of Laura Ingalls, on the long-running Little House on the Prairie TV series. I know that many of the fans of LIW’s books are not fans of the TV show, but I was. I was a little girl when that show was on TV and I loved it. It was because of the show that I first learned of the existence of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her wonderful books. Because of that, I owe the show a debt of gratitude.
For any other Laura Ingalls Wilder fans reading this, Alison Arngrim isn’t the only person from the TV series to have written a memoir. Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Laura’s sister Mary Ingalls on the TV show, has written The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House, and Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura, has written Prairie Tale: A Memoir.
So there you have it — about the most disjointed summer reading list one could cobble together — chickens, actresses, prairie girls, medieval British saints, the wild west, blogging, and, of course, bookseller memoirs!
What are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comments below.
See you in the stacks!