Kate Foo’s Summer Book Club

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Recently, I was inspired by one of my friends who vowed that, this summer, she would read one book a week. I thought this was an absolutely fantastic idea and wanted to challenge myself, too. More importantly, though, I think you should join me! The last time you drove past a library, didn’t you tell yourself “Man, I seriously need to start reading more…”? If you didn’t, please go get in a vehicle, cruise past the bookstore, and mutter the above to yourself. Now welcome to the book club.

Listed below are the books I will be reading each week (and yeah, I am giving myself two weeks for a few…what can I say? Russian lit. takes some work!) So while I would be thrilled if you used my selections as ideas, and would love to chat with you about any of them, I encourage you to pick up something you’ve been meaning to check out.

As for the four bolded selections, these are my “official” book club picks for this summer. The week following the reading of the book, I’ll set up a date and time for all of us to discuss what we thought; share questions etc. More details will follow as the date approaches.

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Week of June 24th: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Week of July 1st: Maus by Art Spiegelman

Week of July 8th: House of Leaves by Anonymous

Week of July 15th: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Week of July 22nd: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Week of July 29th: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Week of August 5th: The Shipping News by Anne Proulx

Week of August 12th: Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes

Week of August 19th: Don Quixote … continued

Week of August 26th: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Week of September 2nd: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Week of September 9th: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Week of September 16th: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Week of September 23rd: Life: A User’s Manual by George Perec

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Well…what do you think? Anything you can’t wait to read? Anything that made you roll your eyes? What would you have included on this list?

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7 thoughts on “Kate Foo’s Summer Book Club

  1. Nice. I read one Cormac McCarthy book last summer, it was called Blood Meridian: or The Vening Redness in the West. It was populated with some very rough to digest characters and written as if it was from the 1850′s rather than about the 1850′s. It was a rich and challenging read, although I would have difficulty recommending it. You have to have some sort of stomach to tolerate the violence and other sordid situations in it.
    So far this summer I have picked up the Chuck Palahniuk novel called Pygmy, and a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories.
    I can highly recommend the work of Douglas Coupland.

    • Though you’re wary about recommending it, I think it sounds like a fantastic read and will most definitely have to check it out. Cormac McCarthy is an absolute genius. I read “The Road” last year in one sitting–it was just that good.
      Everything your reading sounds fantastic, though. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

  2. I’m a rather slow reader, and I have read the first three selections on this list. Would it be terrible if I gave myself a profound head start on War and Peace? I just finished reading the only Kurt Vonnegut novel left that I hadn’t read, The Sirens of Titan, which has now become my new favorite Vonnegut novels, and actually one of my favorites ever. People should read it.

    • I’m pretty sure I read the first chapter of War and Peace more than a year ago, so you’re safe on the head start front.

      And you really shouldn’t have mentioned Vonnegut. He was/is my absolute favorite human being. His more over-looked works are definitely some of his best, i.e. Sirens of Titan, Slapstick, etc. But I am going to stop myself before I get ahead. When people start talking about Vonnegut around me, I just hand them the massive dissertation I once wrote on him and then walk away, hahaha.

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