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Summer Reading List: A Few of My Favorites

Home Sweet Home a blog by Pottery World
I absolutely love reading! Summer is my favorite time to relax and enjoy a good book while sitting under the shade of a tree or patio umbrella and sipping a nice cool drink. Most of us already have an extensive “to-read” list, but if you need some reading inspiration, here are a few of my favorites from over the past few years.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Yes, this is a children’s book, but as an adult, I found it very engaging and entertaining. It doesn’t read like a children’s book at all, but it is well suited for adults and children alike. Try reading it to your children or grand-children — I am certain you will both enjoy it!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
You may have seen the movie, but I promise, the book is worth the read. The story is told as a series of memories by Jacob Jankowski, a 93-year-old man who lives in a nursing home. Very engaging historical fiction.

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde
(Not to be confused with FIFTY Shades of Grey) This is a dystopian novel that takes place in Chromatacia, an alternate version of the United Kingdom wherein social class is determined by one’s ability to perceive color.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Attwood
This is the first of a series of 2 books. A post-apocalyptic novel that follows one man as he deals with the collapse of civilization. Some of the subject matter is a bit difficult to read, but I found the story as a whole, very intriguing.

Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
This is a very heartbreaking but fascinating read. It is a true story based on the unpublished diary of Antonina Żabińska, who, along with her husband, saved the lives of 300 Jews who had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto following the German invasion of Poland.

Confederacy of Dunces by John K. Toole
Written by American novelist John Kennedy Toole, this book was published in 1980 with the help of his mother, eleven years after Toole’s death. It earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981 and is now considered a canonical work of modern literature of the Southern United States.

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (Or ANYTHING by Tom Robbins. He is one of my favorite authors.)
The main themes of this book include the striving for immortality, the meaning behind the sense of smell, individual expression, self-reliance, sex, love, and religion. A bit on the odd side, but fabulous none-the-less.

Check out these resources for finding (and getting rid of) books:
http://bookmooch.com/
http://www.booksfreeswap.com/
http://www.paperbackswap.com/
http://www.titletrader.com/
And, of course, Amazon always has great used book options as well as Kindle downloads.

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