Summer reading list

July 8, 2011

What are you hoping to
read this summer? We posed this question to the
Century staff, a group of people with diverse tastes
and interests. Along with commenting on our choices, feel free to post your own
in the comments. --Ed.

A Discovery of Witches, by
Deborah Harkness. I'm a fan of the Twilight series and early Anne Rice. This
promises to be a good read in the same vein. For some reason, the title brings
to mind a murder
of crows

Dead Reckoning, by
Charlaine Harris. The 11th Sookie Stackhouse book. The first ten were just so
much fun.

Generation Kill: Devil
Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War,
by Evan
Wright. Watching the HBO miniseries, I was fascinated by this view from the
ground of events that are otherwise just NPR sound bites in my world, but I
didn't understand all of it. Hopefully the book will fill in the gaps.

The Outlander series, by
Diana Gabaldon. A friend confesses that she became hooked on this lengthy
series. Her sheepishness and her use of the word "hooked" makes me think these might be a really good time.

And lined up on my Nook

  • The Next Queen of Heaven, by
    Gregory Maguire
  • A Widow for One Year, by John
  • Bloodroot, by Amy Greene


Great Reads

Seeing as I've read A Discovery of Witches, the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Outlander series, I like your summer reading list! I will tell you that the Outlander Series is one of the best you will ever read. Be prepared. You will find yourself googling Scotland all over the place - but beware of spoilers! You will want to be surprised! A Discovery of Witches is like Twilight for grownups (although nothing will ever be Twilight) but more silly in spots (good silly and bad silly)...and it has a lot of history thrown in for good measure. Sookie Stackhouse - you can't really ever go wrong there; the books are like candy.

PS - Try The Bronze Horseman series if you like the love stories in Twilight and Outlander. You won't be disappointed.