On the prowl for a good read
by Features Editor Shelah Miner
The temperature is supposed to hit 90 this afternoon. In my mind, the first 90-degree day signifies the official beginning of summer, no matter what month it is. For me, an ideal summer is all about a comfortable lounge chair, a good pair of sunglasses, and a stack of books from the library taller than my youngest child.
In order to prepare that stack of books, I scour bestseller lists, look for editors’ picks at Amazon.com, peruse Goodreads and take my blackberry into Barnes and Noble and write down the names of all the titles that look intriguing. I used to subscribe to the New Yorker and get email updates from the New York Times book reviews, but eventually I found both of those overwhelming. I can read half a book in the time it takes me to read one of the New Yorker reviews. But my best source of books worth reading has always been my friends. So there’s where you come in: what’s the best thing you’ve read in the last six months?