Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Big Reads of Summer

What makes a great summer read? Is it the sheer size of the book? If so, the latest sensation by Justin Cronin, titled The Passage, may be just the ticket. At over 700 pages it is sure to keep even the fastest reader occupied for a long weekend. I read it over the 4th of July holiday and enjoyed it so much I hated to see it end. It's about vampires, it's about a military experiment gone horribly wrong, and it's about the world starting all over again. Best of all it's the first book in what is expected to be a trilogy. While there's nothing wrong with small books, there's just something special about a huge book that looks like a big old doorstop. Some of my favorite "big" reads over the years have included Under the Dome by Stephen King, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. What are some of your favorite "big reads of summer?"

(My cat Maggie loves big books as much as I do but instead of reading them, she has fun jumping over them and knocking them down.)

Linda Knorr


David Whittingham said...

I attempted to read Infinite Jest, but only got through the first 100 pages. I did love Lonesome Dove, and felt that it really helped develop the muscles in my forearms.

Anita Vaughan said...

I'm working my way through The Passage right now. I'm enjoying it, but keep getting distracted. I will stick with it, though!

Laura A. said...

I'm currently reading and enjoying The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall, which clocks in at 602 pages and was named by Entertainment Weekly as The Novel You Must Read This Summer. (A slight exaggeration perhaps, but a title worth checking out.)

A also enjoyed the more svelte The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by the singular Aimee Bender.

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