On the HOW Design Forum, a couple days ago, HOWie "kimburgerly" started a thread about summer reading lists. There's always a stack of books next to my nightstand for reading before I sleep each night. I posted my current selections on the HOW forum and thought I'd share it here as well.
Now that I'm finished writing Identity Crisis! I'm really in reading mode. I just devoured Suffer the Little Children, by Donna Leon. With all her books set in Venice, I feel like I'm walking the streets of the city while I'm reading the books. Right now I'm in the middle of Fresh Disasters by Stuart Woods - it's one of the Stone Barrington books that I find to be mindless pleasures.
For my birthday last week I got several books that moved to the head of my upcoming reading list:
• Come Alive!: The Spirited Art of Sister Corita, by Julie Ault
• The Grail: A year ambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world, by Brian Doyle. Brian is a friend of a friend - and the editor of the college magazine at University of Portland
• The Overlook, by Michael Connelly - another of my mindless, guilty pleasure authors
Still in the pile next to my nightstand:
• My Life in France, by Julia Child
• Too Much Tuscan Sun: Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide, by Dario Castagno
• Comfort Me With Apples, by Ruth Reichl - her other books were all great.
Work-wise I've been reading:
• The Graphic Designer's Guide to Better Business Writing, by Barbara Janoff and Ruth Cash-Smith
By the way, kimbugerly's posted suggestion of Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, is a good one. I had been told it was a "chick" book. Still, I found her writing about travels to Italy, India and Bali fascinating.
Happy summer reading!
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