MotherReader is hosting the second annual 48 Hour Book Challenge June 8-10, and all you readers out there should take this opportunity to do nothing all weekend except read! I threw my hat into the ring last year and spent a very enjoyable weekend getting a head-start on all my summer reading. Here’s my list from last year:
- My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prudhomme – I love Julia even more after reading about her life in France. Boy, those snooty chefs at the Sorbonne must have *hated* her!
- The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall – Can anyone say “Bobbsey Twins?”
- Men of Bronze by Scott Oden – an odd combination of war and sex in ancient Persia & Egypt.
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Good but not great, bad, but not terrible.
- When the Missisissippi Ran Backwards by Jay Feldman – interesting, and scary, history of the New Madrid fault and the great earthquake that changed the course of a war and a country.
- Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads – excellent treatment of how fads can affect our lives when they’re adopted by the medical, educating and business communities. TQM, the bane of my existence at library meetings during the span of 1998-about 2002 or 2003, is totally skewered.
- Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees, and Other Creatures Unique to the Republic by Robert Lanham – totally hilarious. I think I have a touch of “Happy Monday” in me.
Not sure what I’ll be reading this year, except I know the new Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan book will be in that pile, and perhaps the newest Cotton Malone/Steve Berry thriller.