Re: Got any summer reading recommendations?

I have to get my two cents in here. If you came to my house, you would see all kinds of classics both literary and theological (including some Dickens, which Kristine gave me, which I haven't actually read yet. It's on my list). But the truth is, I read a lot of chick lit.

My latest find is Christian writers Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt. Their third book, The Book of Jane, comes out next week, and the Publishers Weekly review calls it "Sex and the City without the sex" and "a laugh-out-loud love song to New York City." Of course, I would highly recommend Jane Austen, the original and unsurpassable queen of chick lit and so much more. (We are going to be inundated with Austen books and movies soon, including my own tribute and a rather fictional biopic starring Anne Hathaway.)

I can also recommend, on a lighter note, the new installment of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive.  Like spending a summer afternoon in Africa with a cup of bush tea.

I'm also currently re-reading Walking on Water, a must for any Christian artist (Madeleine L'Engle has taught me so much of what it means to be a Christian artist). And I'm planning to read C.S. Lewis's Selected Literary Essays, which is out of print but I was able to find at my local library. There are chapters on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Sir Walter Scott, and, of course, Jane Austen. (Strangely, Lewis is silent on Dickens. ;-) I also hope to read his On Stories, which has essays on writing for children, on science fiction, and on other Inklings members Chares Williams, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dorothy Sayers. And I'm in the middle of Amy Tan's memoir on the writing life, The Opposite of Fate.

Of course, I can't wait until the new Harry Potter book comes out, so I picked up a copy of's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7, which Jana Riess tipped me off to.

So there's my less than scholarly list!


These are great summer reading suggestions and I have begun my search. In my searching, I have come across some other books that I know nothing about and wondered if anyone could give feedback. Here are the books, "Claire knows best" Tracey Bateman Saving Fish from Drowning" Amy Tan Water for Elephants Sara Gruen In Search of Eden Linda Nichols The Constructing of Natalie Laura Jensen Walker I love all your suggestions and can't wait until I get my hands on the Book of Jane! Any suggestions would be great!
I've not read MissMatch but I'll have to look that up. Thanks for the recommendation. I have no idea about Snape -- but I can't wait to find out!
My server is acting strange(r) so I hope I'm not repeating stuff. Have you read the novel MissMatch? It's a modern Emma that has been highly recommended to me but that I haven't gotten to read yet. In your opinion, will Snape turn out to be a good guy or a bad guy?
Dawn--forgive my delay getting back to you! I haven't read any of these, but I've heard that Saving Fish from Drowning is fantastic -- it's on my list.

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