Monday, July 16, 2007

Three Summer Books
Recommended by Fionna

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

to kick things off, my first recommendation is black swan green, by david mitchell. i'm about halfway through, and loving it. if you're at all familiar with the adrian mole series from the '80s and '90s, you'll love this -- it's similiar (alienated, loser-ish 13-year-old boy in a small town in '80s england deals with life in a tragic/comedic way), but a bit more serious. You can purchase online at Indigo,, or, or check your local bookstore.

Don't You Forget About Me, edited by Jaime Clarke

in non-fiction, i just finished a really cool collection of essays about john hughes, called don't you forget about me (edited by jaime clarke). a bunch of different authors and writers talked about different themes in john hughes films (everything from clothing to sexuality to feminism to socio-economics -- i swear, it isn't as dry as it sounds!) and the impact the films had on their lives. for a ferris bueller / breakfast club / some kind of wonderful junkie like myself, it was an absolute treasure to read! You can purchase online at Indigo,, or, or check your local bookstore.

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella

for silly summer reading, i read shopaholic and baby. my chick-lit tastes (hey, everyone needs light summer reading!) usually run to marian keyes, but this was okay ... cute, fluffy and funny, but predictable. :-) You can purchase online at Indigo,, or, or check your local bookstore.


Nikki Stafford said...

Wow, the John Hughes book looks awesome. I totally have to get that one. :)

fionna said...

it's SO cool. i've loaned it to a friend, but you're welcome to borrow it when she is finished. it had me laughing out loud in spots. :)

fionna said...

by pure coincidence, my friend just returned it today, so i'll bring it along to dinner tomorrow night! :)

hip_ragdoll said...

I LOVED "Black Swan Green," and I remember trying to pitch it to the group when we were picking books for last year, and it didn't get chosen.

But I am so glad that it got read and now reviewed here for our blog -- it's like a rainstorm that book, it just blows in and tosses the weather all over you with out any control whatsoever and you're left utterly changed by the end. In a way, it's the most perfect voice of a 13-year-old boy I had ever read.

Totally rambling now, but so glad you're enjoying it.